A Huddle Of Hippos

A Huddle of Hippos

Author: Julia Richman 

Illustrator: Celeste Beckerling

Genre: Children’s fiction

RRP: 140

ISBN/EAN: 9781928230434


RELEASE DATE: December 2016


A Huddle Of Hippos is a 32-page, full-colour picture book that introduces a variety of collective nouns for African animals to a young audience. Following the character of Sam on a safari trip, the reader is introduced to two to three collective nouns per page with funny, rhythmic, rhyming text and pictures playing an important role in telling the story.

Aimed at ages 4 to 8 years, the book is a fun and enchanting read for a younger audience, and serves as an accessible learning tool for children who are working with collective nouns at school.


Julia Richman is a freelance writer, children’s author and mother of one boy and one cat. She is the author of Katya’s Hairy Tales: The Bacon Chase.


Celeste Beckerling is a freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in books published by Penguin Random House, Book Dash and Juta. This is Julia and Celeste’s second book collaboration.


A wonderful book with beautiful illustrations and a clever story that leads you to turn the page. The children who read this book will pore over it and will remember these collective nouns for the rest of their lives. It’s one of those books you want to keep on your bookshelf because it will give them lots of wonderful memories. And there’s something in it for everybody – I learnt a lot from the book, I have to tell you, even at my age!” – Tamara LePine-Williams, Classic FM

p78 Cackle of hyenas


A really sweet picture book that would make a lovely gift, especially for any overseas visitors and ex-pats as it’s all themed around the African bushveld (but it’s great for locals too)’ – Belinda Mountain, makingmountains.co.za