Friday, February 1, 2019

BLOG TOUR: Duck and Hippo, The Secret Valentine by Jonathan London


It’s Valentine’s Day, and something curious is going on. As the birds tweet their love songs, Hippo and his friends Elephant, Pig, and Turtle each receive mysterious, unsigned Valentine’s Day cards. Hippo wonders if his is from Duck; Elephant and Turtle think theirs are from Pig; and Pig dreams that hers is from Turtle. The cards tell the friends to come to the park at four o’clock to meet their valentines—so they’ll find out soon enough! As the clock ticks away, the friends wonder—and dream—about their valentines and make special preparations. But when they arrive…SURPRISE!

This Valentine’s Day might not go exactly the way they expected, but one thing is certain: being friends with Duck and Hippo is always a special treat!


Jonathan London is the author of more than one hundred children’s books, including the Froggy series, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, which has sold more than fifteen million copies. Jonathan lives in Graton, California. Learn more at

Andrew Joyner is an Australian illustrator and author whose work has been published in more than twenty-five countries. He has created the artwork for many picture books, and he is author and illustrator of a chapter book series about a warthog named Boris. Andrew lives in South Australia. Learn more at

As with the other books in the Duck and Hippo series, this book provides a sweet story with adorable illustrations.  When Hippo, Turtle, Elephant, and Pig get anonymous valentine's that invite them to the park at 4 o'clock, they each hope it's their best friend.  And while things turn out differently than they expect, they still have a wonderful Valentine's Day.  Young readers will figure out very quickly who the mysterious valentine giver is from the beginning of the story, but also from the illustrations.  They will have a good time spotting the mysterious giver in each of the delivery illustrations. And the theme of friendship is a universal one that all children should appreciate.
Learn how to draw Duck and Hippo in this free downloadable activity page!

The fourth book in the Duck and Hippo series is a sweet way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Check out the trailer!

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