Herbert loves the slide, and in this first of four irresistible miniature full-length picture books, the littlest readers are introduced to new friends and the charming world of the Hippo Park playground.
Herbert loves the slide! Climbing up the ladder, sitting himself down, sending Teddy down first—it's all the best part. Herbert imagines sliding down into a magical underwater world and being chased up a mountain by a bear—preschoolers will love Herbert's adventures playing on the slide, and thrill to this first visit to Hippo Park.
All four Hippo Park Pals mini picture books are set in the playground, where the animals play, imagine, and have lots of feelings—just like preschoolers do.
About the Author
Rilla Alexander grew up in the country, in Australia, with her little sisters, Fiona and Emily. They had a sandbox and swings in the backyard, and a playhouse called Sunshine Cottage, which was made out of a rainwater tank. Nowadays, Rilla is an illustrator, author, and designer and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Steve, and their puppy, Spot. She has written many picture books and board books, including The New Rooster and Touchwords.
A 2023 Charlotte Zolotow / Cooperative Children's Book Center Highly Commended Title
“Snuggle-up story time reading at its best….Cute as a button and perfectly reflecting the excitement and imagination of children’s free play, Herbert on the Slide is a must for any baby’s or preschooler’s home bookshelf as well as for school and public library collections…..would also make a much-loved gift for baby showers, new siblings, birthdays, and the holidays." — Celebrate Picture Books
"With a simple, reiterative arc, the story celebrates a setting, and an object, that plays an important developmental role in many childhoods, affirming imagination, competency, and courage." — Publishers Weekly
"A sweet, imaginative story. Enjoyed the test run with teddy and truck and whoosh, clanks (nephew likes sensory stimulation when he went down on his own) and incorporating simple countdown (math 3, 2,1!)” — Cathy Lin, County of Los Angeles Public Library
“Sounds like just a great day at the park and even I want to go have on the slide right now. ... a cute book that little ones should enjoying listening to and looking at the magical illustrations." —Michelle Donaldson, educator
"The "Hippo Park Pals" mini picture books are sure to delight preschoolers." — Marilyn Panton, Storywraps