Author(s): Edgar Williams

Mathematics & Science | No Category | Reaktion Books

This is a natural and cultural history of the hippopotamus, the well-loved, cumbersome, rotund mammal famous for lounging around semi-submerged in muddy pools.Hippos are rotund, cumbersome, lovable mammals famous for lounging around semi-submerged in muddy pools. Gregarious herbivores, they emerge after dusk from the water into the cool night air to graze on grass and plants before returning to the water at sunrise. Although a seemingly amiable creature, they are large powerful creatures with huge mouths adorned with large, sharp tusks, and jaws strong enough to bite through crocodiles, small boats and even humans.


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“Deliciously expressive artwork—Any child who has begged or pleaded for a pet for Christmas will love this book.”

- Through the Looking Glass Children’s Book Review (JC BookGrocer)

Edgar Williams is Reader in Respiratory Science and Technology at the University of South Wales. He is author of Moon: Nature and Culture (2014) in Reaktion's Earth series and Ostrich (2013) and Giraffe (2011) in Reaktion's Animal series.

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  • : 9781780237329
  • : Reaktion Books
  • : Reaktion Books
  • : June 2017
  • : books

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  • : Edgar Williams
  • : Paperback
  • : 224