Herbert on the Slide by Rilla Alexander


Herbert on the Slide by Rilla Alexander. Hippo Park, an imprint of Astra Books for Young Readers, 2022. 9781662640117

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Hardcover picture book

What did you like about the book? Herbert is a purple hippo who loves everything about the slide. Climbing up, sending his toys down for a test run, counting down “3, 2, 1”, and even that “fluttery feeling” before sliding down. He goes up and down the slide and even uses his imagination to dive into the sea and climb a mountain. This short sweet book in a small package (only about 5×5″) is a great read for anyone getting ready for their first slide experience. Each step is described joyfully. The art, done with digital and analog pencils, has the feeling of movement that’s perfect for the gentle excitement of the subject.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Not a criticism, but the book may be too small for story time use.

To whom would you recommend this book? For ages 2-4, especially those kiddos who love tiny books.

Who should buy this book? Day care centers and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? It’s a picture book, but it may need to be shelved separately due to its size.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: October 2, 2022

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