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There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake

by Hazel Edwards, Deborah Niland

‘My daddy says there’s a hole in our roof. I know why there’s a hole. There’s a hippopotamus on our roof eating cake.’

The imaginary Hippo can do what he likes on the roof. In fact, he does all the things a little girl wishes she could, but is not allowed.

When she takes a bath, the hippo takes a shower; when she goes to bed, the hippo watches television on the roof.

And when the repair men come to fix the roof, the hippo conveniently disappears, returning of course to eat a very large piece of cake.

#32 in Australia’s Top 50 Kids’ Books

About Hazel Edwards

Best known for There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake, which was recently translated into Chinese, Hazel writes across media, for adults & children. A literary ambassador, Hazel is involved with the 2012 National Year of Reading and the Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge. She holds 'webinars', mentors and is a director on the Australian Society of Authors' committee. She is the recipient of the 2009 ASA Medal awarded by her writing peers. Hazel Edwards is one of Australia's nominees for The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. This is the third time Hazel has been nominated. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the world's largest prize for children's and young adult literature. Hazel is married with two adult children and two grandsons for whom she writes stories each birthday.

About Deborah Niland

Deborah Niland is the daughter of Australian writers, Ruth Park and D'Arcy Niland. From an early age she developed an interest in art, and particularly illustration. Deborah studied art at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney. While in London, Deborah and her sister Kilmeny began their art careers by illustrating a book for Transworld Publishers. Other books for this publisher followed over the years. Mulga Bill's Bicycle was the illustrated book that became a classic. Published in 1973 in Sydney, it is still in print. In 2007, a new edition of this title was issued by HarperCollins Australia. Deborah has illustrated many popular books including When the Wind Changed by Ruth Park and There's a Hippopotamus on our Roof eating Cake by Hazel Edwards. In 2005 Deborah wrote and illustrated Annie's Chair, This book, won the CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood in 2006.  

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  1. jorja

    EXCELLENT BOOK! thank you for illustrating it and writing

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