Sunday, 16 November 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY | The First Hippo on the Moon by David Walliams

Reading is a fundamental part of a child's development and it is something I'm passionate about doing with Logan. From as early as I can remember I loved visiting the local library with my mum, spending forever trawling through all the books to find the ones that I wanted to read. My parents would read to my brother and I and I loved it as a child and I love reading as an adult.

From a very early age children enjoy being read to. They enjoy looking at colourful pictures, listening to the sound of your voice and identifying characters on the page. That's why, when I was given the chance to review The First Hippo on the Moon by David Walliams I was delighted.

The story is based around 2 Hippos that want to be the first hippo on the moon. I would say it's probably more directed towards young boys as there is lots of talk about bums and farts! Though it can be enjoyed by girls just the same. Although, in our early stage of reading, I haven't read many children's books in a while, I think the story line is relatively thought provoking for a child's book which I really enjoyed.
I liked the fact the speech was all in speech bubbles and wasn't just included in the rest of the text. I think it makes it easier for the child to identify who is speaking and can allow you to give certain characters certain voices and accents. 
The illustrations are great, they remind me slightly of Roald Dahl in their edginess. The illustrator, Tony Ross, has used a lot of colour and nice bold colours that make it interesting even for someone as young as Logan.
A great read for that can really be enjoyed by children from 2 upwards 

The lovely people at HarperCollins Children's Books have given me the chance to giveaway a copy of The First Hippo on the Moon. If you would like to win then please fill out the form below. There are a few ways to gain some extra entries. The give away will run for 7 days and end on the 23rd November at 12AM GMT. I will contact the winner via email within 24 hours of the competition ending. If you don't respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen. Best of luck! 


  1. Jasmine loves a book called 'Dogfish' - she squeals with delight when we read it to her.

  2. We've never read that one Jenna! Sounds like a good Christmas present!! :) xx