Monday, December 30, 2019

A Perfect Christmas Book for Young and Old Alike

TITLE: A Very Fiona Christmas
AUTHOR: Richard Cowdrey
PUBLISHER: Zenderkidz
PUBLISHING DATE: October 1, 2019


Join everyone’s favorite hippo, Fiona, and all her loveable animal friends for their first heartwarming Christmas adventure through the zoo to find the answer to the question, “What’s Christmas?” This fun and whimsical book is the perfect read-aloud for fans of Fiona (and hippos) everywhere! 

A follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Fiona the Hippo picture book comes A Very Fiona Christmas! 

It’s Fiona the hippo’s very first Christmas, and the zoo is sparkling with holiday spirit. When the adorable little hippo asks her friends, “What’s Christmas?” they set out to show her all the wonders and excitement of the season. With each new experience Fiona lets out a snort, wiggles her ears, and asks, “Is THIS Christmas?” 

Amidst the snow, twinkling lights, mistletoe, and stockings, Fiona ends up meeting a new friend at the zoo who helps her discover the true meaning of the holiday: Love. Snuggle up with your little ones and join Fiona and her adorable animal friends for a heartwarming holiday romp through the zoo. 

A Very Fiona Christmas: Stars the one and only Fiona the hippo, the worldwide internet sensation and star of the Cincinnati Zoo, who through her spunk and fighting spirit overcame all odds when she was born six weeks premature Features adorable art by Richard Cowdrey, illustrator of the New York Times bestseller Fiona the Hippo.

MY THOUGHTS:  This picture book was a perfect Christmas read.  And I'm not going to lie, I read it aloud to my pups.  It's Fiona's first Christmas and she is strolling through the zoo spreading Christmas cheer and learning about the true meaning of Christmas.

The first thing that sticks out about this book is the artwork.  I love how all the zoo animals, especially Fiona, are depicted.  There's so much to look at in each and every picture and the coloring and details are wonderful.  I love animals of all kinds and knew when I saw this I had to grab it.

Here's an example of the art and then the very real, very cute, Fiona.

This book is a definite must for any animal lover.  I am hoping this summer I can make the trek to the Cincinnati Zoo, which isn't that far away, to see Fiona in person.



  1. I love a good picture book! This one looks very cute. :)

    1. It definitely is and I must visit Fiona one day!

  2. So cute! I want to read this one, so maybe next Christmas.

    1. It was very enjoyable and a great library grab.

  3. Animals always have the ability to make you smile! Happy New Year Barb to you, Mr Barb, Cass and Apollo!

    1. I love animal books and children's books have some of the best animal artwork (sorry for such a late reply - I'm recovering from pup-lag).

  4. Soooooooo cute! I love the artwork, too. 💟