Hopeless Hapless Hippo Has Help

I may not be particularly literate, but based on the title of this post, I’m clearly  alliterate. ;-D!

Here are some more rough sketches for, and related text, from my latest children’s story, “Clyde and I Help a Hippo to  Fly”. Both sketches will be revised per my feedback, and then will become full-color illustrations for the book. In the first, I’ve asked Josh to make her bottom teeth flatter and less fang-like, and in the second she will be more detailed in the one depicting her falling through the floor of the plane.)

pg18_hippita_falling pg21_hippita_plane

She said, “That’s not all. I told a bird.

It wasn’t long until all the birds heard.

They crow that I’m much too big to fly

And chirp hippos don’t belong in the sky.

Then they sing a mean old song

And sing and sing it all day long:


“Cheepetty Chirpetty Cawww-petty Hum

Flippetty flappetty, You’re so dumb!

We never heard such a silly thing;

Hippos can’t fly; you don’t have wings.

Quacketty Honketty Squawketty Coo

Your idea’s crazy and so are you.”


“They said I should stay down in the dirt

And made this hippo’s heart really hurt.

But nothing is going to keep me down;

I belong in the sky not on the ground.

So I tried real hard to build some wings

I made them out of wood, cloth, and things

And jumped from a high hill nearby

And, for a moment, I was in the sky;

Then my wings broke and I thought I’d crash,

But I hit the lake with a great big splash.

I then bought a ticket for an airplane ride

And walked up the ramp to the plane with pride,

But when I squeezed in the narrow door

All of a sudden I crashed through the floor.

So they won’t even let me near a plane

And now here I am on the ground again.”

Huge hippo tears fell from Hippita’s eyes.

With Love,


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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