There's a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake
Author: Hazel Edwards, Deborah Niland
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Release Date: November 26, 1982
'My daddy says there's a hole in our roof. I know why there's a hole. There's a hippopotamus on our roof eating cake.'
The cake-eating hippo is ageless. This classic story about one of the largest and most famous imaginary friends has been delighting children around the world for almost 40 years. To celebrate the original hippo story was republished in a hardback gift edition for the 30th anniversary with a special sparkly hippo on the cover, ready to delight a whole new generation of children. Now available from Penguin Puffin, and in Chinese from Sichuan Children's Publishing, there are seven titles in the series. 'Ho Ho Ho There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake' sold out at Christmas 2018. . A short film made by Pocket Bonfire Productions was shown at the Sydney Opera House in 2012. In 2016, Garry Ginivan Attractions toured 'Hippo! Hippo! the Musical' nationally.
In 2020 there will be special celebrations for the 40th anniversary of this across the generations, favourite book character.