Hazel Edwards

“Creativity is the fun of putting
together unexpected ideas”

Ho! Ho! Ho! There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake

  Ho! Ho! Ho! There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake    

Title: "Ho! Ho! Ho! There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake" 

ISBN: 987 0 14 379067 9

Author: Hazel Edwards

Illustrator: Deborah Niland

Publisher:  Puffin Penguin Random House Australia

Youtube: Auslan signing by deaf student Izzy


  • '...great book for a small child's Christmas stocking...' reviewed by Di Bates ,BUZZ Words.pdf 
  • '...a family story which really captures the spirit of Christmas...impulse gamer.pdf
  • '...There's nothing not to love about these classic Australian hippo books...Meg Daley  Children's Books Daily
  • '...Our favourite hippopotamus is back...' wildaboutbooks
  • '...so many childhoods have been shaped by the hippopotamus ...'KidsBookReview by Sarah Wallace.
  • '..love the imagination of the child character who knows that there is a hippo.' Little Big Reads.pdfSandy Fussell's review  Daily Telegraph




Buy your own copy of "Ho! Ho! Ho!...

( Reprinting already: Check  PenguinRandomHouse for details )

Ho! Ho! Ho! There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Christmas Cake


Classroom Playscript

Orchard Grove Primary has been one of the first to perform the script as Readers' Theatre.

Grade 3 teacher Adam Todd's use of the whiteboard script and podcasts has also helped with literacy.

Readers' Theatre at Orchard Grove Primary

 Downloadable: Class Performance Script for Ho Ho HO_Hippo.pdf Class Performance Script for Ho Ho HO_Hippo.pdf (249.94 KB)with choruses.

 Download Hippo activity pack .


Even a Vegemite Sandwich Hippo from far North Qld fan.

Variations on gingerbread hippos from recipe in Hippo Activity pack.

The cutters have become most sought -after.

Vegemite Sandwich: Hippo shaped Hippo Biscuit Cutters George Ivanoff's Hippo Biscuits
Poignant to have grandson, for whom book is dedicated, reading first copy. 
Author George Ivanoff is an excellent hippo biscuit cook. (Autographing at YABBA AWARDS)

Grandson Henry reading 'Ho!Ho!Ho...' Gingerbread Hippo Biscuits YABBA AWARDS Hazel & George Ivanoff signing with hippo biscuits.

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Events & Appearances 2021

Private online mentoring 'Complete Your Book in a Year' 

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Jan 11th (Tues) 10am  U3A Nunawading Summer School 'Non- Boring Writing'


PROV 'Complete Your Book in a Year' starts on first Friday of each month, 10am-1pm. North Melb Archives.

Flexibility to go online if Lockdowns occur.

Book directly hazel@hazeledwards.com before first week in January.

Bairnsdale Grammar (Reading Kids for Gippsland author prize visit) Tuesday TBC

Feb 14th  Library Lovers' Day

Library Lovers' Day


May 8th (Sunday) 10am-4pm 'Writing a Non Boring Family History or Memoir' Writers Victoria.


June 4th  BRISBANE  Kingston Butter Factory Theatre 'Hijabi Girl' private performance.