by John Patrick Green
When the old City Zoo falls apart, Hippo’s friend Red Panda takes off in search of better things in the outside world. After several visits back to the zoo, Red Panda convinces his unhappy friend to become a Hippopotamister and join him in finding a new, better job. Unfortunately, although Hippo does well in every job he tries, Red Panda’s spectacularly hilarious mistakes makes the pair less than successful in staying employed! Frustrated and unhappy, Hippo returns to the zoo, where he finds a way to put his new talents to good use.
This is a great choice for growing readers ready to try a comic book. Most of the pages have only one or two panels, with occasional pages of three or more. The amusing illustrations are large, colorful and engaging. Combined with the entertaining dialogue, this funny graphic novel will likely bring about laughter in many readers.