The mid century, Swiss-born American author and illustrator is probably best known for his series of stories about ‘Petunia‘ the goose and ‘Veronica‘ the hippopotamus.
This, the third title from Bodleian Children’s Books, Veronica is set to be a bestseller once again.
The original vintage palette and stylised images gave us a warm, fuzzy feeling whilst reading about the exploits of this hilarious hippo.
And boy does she get noticed…
Injected with humour and empathy, this hippo on the hunt for fame gets a little more than she bargained for, when she stumbles upon a bustling city.
Veronica soon learns that the city isn’t a particularly friendly or accommodating place for a lonesome hippo.
She upsets the policeman, tries to sleep in the wrong places and demolishes the contents of the cart belonging to the man selling vegetables.
And what happens when this overzealous hippo finds out that being different isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?