Friday, September 1, 2017

Blog Tour: Duck and Hippo Lost and Found by Jonathan London, Illustrated by Andrew Joyner

Duck and Hippo Lost and Found
by Jonathan London, illustrated by Andres Joyner
Two Lions, 2017, 32 pages
It’s the end of summer and friends Duck and Hippo decide to have one last picnic at their favorite pond, and of course, they invite their other friends, Elephant, Pig and Turtle. Everyone has brought something to contribute to the picnic, so the friends decide it’s time to have some fun dancing and singing. But when they to stop to have something to eat, Hippo realizes he forgot to bring anything. 

What to do? Hippo decides to go find the last of the summer berries in the forest to share with his friends. But after he has been gone for a very long time, his friends get worried and decide to go and look for him. Duck really gets worried when the sun begins to go down. Is Hippo really lost, could he have fallen into a hole, as Duck fears, or could he still just be looking for berries? 

This is a wonderful story about friendship and loyalty, sharing and caring. And even as the sun goes down and the moon rises, there is not cause for young readers to feel anxious. The friends are not really portrayed as being young, and they are smart enough to stick together as they look for and call out to Hippo. And once Hippo realizes he is lost, he is quick to call out for help. All's well that ends well, and the happy ending will certainly please young readers as the friends are reunited and finally finish having their end of summer picnic.

Storyteller Jonathan London and illustrator Andrew Joyner have once again collaborated to bring young readers this second installment in the Duck and Hippo series, and Duck and Hippo Lost and Found is every bit a wonderful as their first book Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm. London's simple but well paced text and Joyner’s colorful cartoon-like drawings compliment each other so well and make for a fun, energetic story.


Meet the Author:

Jonathan London has written more than one hundred children’s book, including the bestselling Froggy series, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz. Many of his book explore nature, among them Flamingo Sunset, illustrated by Kristina Rodanas, and Little Penguin: The Emperor of Antarctica, illustrated by Julie Olson. He is also author of the Arron’s Wilderness middle-grade series, illustrated by his son Sean London. Jonathan lives in Graton, California. Learn more online at

Meet the Illustrator:

Andrew Joyner is an illustrator, author and cartoonist based in South Australia. He has illustrated a number of picture books, and he wrote and illustrated a chapter book series about a warthog named Boris. He has also illustrated for newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, and Rolling Stone magazine, among others. Learn more online at

There's more fun with Duck and Hippo in the free downloadable activity page at

This book is recommended for readers age 4+
This book was provided by the publisher, Two Lions

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