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Description - The Boy Who Was Followed Home by Margaret Mahy

An enchanting tale by Margaret Mahy about a small, ordinary boy who is followed home by a most extraordinary animal - and that is just the beginning!

Margaret Mahy's classic story about a boy who brings home a hippopotamus quite by accident, illustrated by Steven Kellogg.

'What on earth is that in the goldfish pool?' asked Robert's father.
'It is a hippopotamus, Father,' said Robert.
'Really,' said the father. 'People should keep their hippos chained up and not allow them to go climbing into other people's goldfish pools.'
When a hippo follows him home one day, Robert is pleased - but his parents are not! As more and more hippos crowd into the garden they turn to a witch for help.
Detailed line and pastel drawings by Steven Kellogg, and a deliciously understated text, combine in a very funny picture book by one of New Zealand's finest children's writers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780143504375
ISBN-10: 0143504371
Format: Paperback / softback
(274mm x 215mm x 2mm)
Pages: 32
Imprint: Puffin
Publisher: Penguin Group (NZ)
Publish Date: 3-May-2010
Country of Publication: New Zealand

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Book Review: Boy Who Was Followed Home by Margaret Mahy - Reviewed by (28 Nov 2013)

The Boy Who Was Followed Home is a very cute and silly story which is very enjoyable.

One day when Robert was heading home from school he is followed home by a Hippo, Robert loved Hippo's so he was very happy, however his parents were not. This strange occurrence kept going on like that, until one day his parent's turned to a witch for assistance.

Overall an excellent amusing story which has a nice twist at the end. A classic story with some nice illustrations which will entice and captivate the you read. A story worth read many times over.


Author Biography - Margaret Mahy

Date- 2013-08-06 Margaret Mahy is internationally recognised as one of today's best writers for young readers, her books having been translated into all the major languages of the world. Twice winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal, she has also won the Esteher Glen Award five times and the Observer Teenage Fiction Award once. Born in a country town in New Zealand, the oldest of a family of five, with over twenty cousins in the surrounding neighbourhood, Margaret Mahy grew up with a strong sense of being part of a close family. She lives near Christchurch in New Zealand. In 1936, the year Margaret Mahy was born, only four books for children were published in New Zealand. Mahy was influential in changing the landscape of children's literature in her homeland - one of the most prolific of authors, she penned over 100 titles. Her output includes poetry, picture books, works for older children, teenage novels, television scripts and stories for magazines and newspapers. Mahy grew up in a close family with five brothers and sisters. Her always vivid imagination made life at school interesting rather than easy. After seeing The Jungle Book, she announced to her astonished seven-year-old classmates that she could talk to animals - 'I had to resort to talking a certain gibberish and eating leaves and drinking out of puddles to prove how close I was to the

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