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Illustrations capture splendor of a summer day.

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Parents need to know that brief but jaunty sentences combined with brightly colored illustrations portray summertime fun.

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What's the story?

It's a sultry summer afternoon and Kipper fancies a dip in his wading pool. Disaster seems imminent as his pool springs a leak. It's up to Kipper to use his head, literally in this case, to resolved this soggy dilemma. Sunshine-bright illustrations capture the splendor of a summer's day.

Is it any good?


HISSSS! is another entry in Mick Inkpen's Little Kippers, which features engaging everyday topics for toddlers and preschool-age children. In HISSSS! Kipper models exemplary problem-solving skills, ingeniously rectifying the situation on his own -- a vital developmental milestone for young children. His zany but effective solution generated plenty of grins from one preschooler. The slightly longer but simple format makes this a great intermediate book for children who find board books a breeze but are not quite ready for full-length picture books.

Charismatic, full-color illustrations celebrate the lazy days of summer, capturing a kid's-eye-view of a perfect day: reclining on a sun-warmed blanket, slurping a melting ice cream cone, and reclining in a wading pool. The drawings of the cuddly Kipper are irresistibly cute. Several readings of this tale will have little ones longing for the mercury to rise.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their favorite things to do on a sunny day. How about when it's rainy?

Book details

Author:Mick Inkpen
Illustrator:Mick Inkpen
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Harcourt Brace
Publication date:January 1, 1999
Number of pages:16
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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