Read About an Amazing Hippopotamus in FIONA THE HIPPO

This summer has been an exciting one for me and my family. My husband was able to be home with us for a good portion of the last couple months, which has meant even more family fun than normal! One of our favorite excursions is a trip to the zoo. My kids each have their own favorite animals – one likes giraffes, one likes elephants, and one is a big fan of the sea lion show. It’s always fun to see the babies interact with their parents!

You and your kids can read all about an amazing hippopotamus with FIONA THE HIPPO by Richard Cowdrey, now in stores! This book tells the REAL story of the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo who captured hearts around the world with her inspiring story and plucky personality.

About the book:

Born prematurely, at only 29 pounds, Fiona was not expected to live. But her spunk and determination helped her thrive and become a happy, healthy hippopotamus. With every challenge she faced, Fiona let out a snort, wiggled her ears, and said “I’ve got this.” And she did! In this delightful story, inspired by the real adventure of this heroic hippo, join Fiona and her lovable animal friends at the zoo as she is introduced to the world in this whimsical and inspiring tale of perseverance and friendship.

My kids and I thought this book was a lot of fun! It has fantastic illustrations and a sweet story. The kids were surprised to find out that Fiona is an actual hippo that exists beyond the pages of the book! My own Fiona (my 3-year-old) loved hearing her own name as we read the story, too. 😉

About the author:

Richard Cowdrey’s favorite things to draw and paint are the common things seen everywhere in nature. He especially enjoys capturing the expressions, eyes, and gestures of both humans and animals. Drawing and painting Fiona was challenging as the hippopotamus is a very unique yet beautiful creature! Richard’s bestselling children’s books include Legend of the Candy Cane, Bad Dog, Marley, and A Very Marley Christmas.

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Now you can throw the best pool party ever for your little zoo animal with our Fiona’s Pool Party Giveaway – just be careful not to get your new book wet!

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will receive a copy of Fiona the Hippo, a Hippo pool toy and all the zoo friends. To enter, complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 8/27/18. Good luck!

Fiona the Hippo Prize Pack Giveaway


  1. Audrey Stewart says

    Our kids like all the zoo animals. We keep tabs on Fiona. We all love her.

  2. vickie couturier says

    we are really fond of all types of the monkeys they are so funny,,and my grandkids would enjoy this at their aunts pool

  3. Gina Ferrell says

    My daughter’s favorite zoo animal is the panda bears and my daughter would be enjoying this pool party prize pack if I win.

  4. We love all the parrots.

  5. amy stonger says

    My daughter and I love the tigers. I’d use the pool party prize pack for my son.

  6. suzanne logiudice says

    would love to win for my niece fiona looks adorable

  7. shelly peterson says

    My grandson would love this prize pack.

  8. Donna Clfford says

    Favorite zoo animal is the otters. I would prob give the tub o toys to a friend who is having a baby in November.

  9. Both my boys love to see the monkeys and the sea otters.

  10. Angelica Dimeo says

    My son loves lions like me

  11. i like the fish could spend hours watching them

  12. Nancy Steward says

    My one year old Granddaughter’s favorite animal at the zoo is the lion, she calls it a doggie. The pool party prize pack would be used by my one year old and eight year old granddaughters.

  13. Keri justice says

    My son James love son the monkeys at the zoo.

  14. My Nephew likes the lions

  15. susan hartman says

    We took my grandson to the Aquarium last week. They had an exhibit with hippos. Fascinating. My grandson would get this prize.

  16. My son’s love the lions and tigers

  17. the giraffes are pretty cool. i would use this with my nephews

  18. My son and daughter would love this. It looks like a really cute book!

  19. Robin Abrams says

    My grand kids love the monkeys the best. They would be using the prize pack

  20. My niece loves elephants! I would use this prize pack with her!

  21. Karley Moore says

    My niece’s favorite zoo animal is a hippo and I will be giving this prize to her!

  22. My niece and nephew will get the prize pack. They love animals of all kinds.

  23. We love the tigers!

  24. panda bears are my kids favorite.

  25. I would share this one with the kids in the family they would love it.
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  26. Anne Higgins says

    Penguins are the favorite and we will share the pool float!

  27. My son and my nephews would use the pool toys. We like the giraffes.

  28. Cindy Peterson says

    Giraffes are a family favorite. We will share the pool toys with our friends who have a pool.

  29. Kara Hunsberger says

    My daughter would love this!

  30. Phylicia Phillips says

    My oldest loves lions, 2nd loves monkeys, and youngest loves elephants

  31. Both my boys love the gorillas, especially the Silverback gorillas. If I win this prize, my niece will be using this prize.

  32. Polar bears

  33. Kenneth Helmick says

    My niece Layla likes lions.

  34. My daughter is still a baby, so not sure what her favorite animal will be. She will be using this pool pack though.

  35. Darlene Carbajal says

    My niece will love it!

  36. My son will get the prize and his favorite animal at the zoo are the white tigers

  37. My kiddo loves tiggers!

  38. Actually they love both Zebra’s and Giraffes! — and my grandkids would love this book!

  39. My little grandson Jake loves bears but for a long time it was hippos.

  40. My granddaughter’s love the monkeys. I know we would all adore this book.

  41. My daughter loves elephants. She would use this if we won.

  42. Mary Chapman says

    My son loves the monkeys! I would keep the book for him and give the pool float to my niece.

  43. Tigers and bears!

  44. This would be for my nephew, currently his favorite animal is the elephant

  45. my kids love monkeys and they will be the ones using this!

    thanks! oxoxoxox

  46. My son would use the pool party pack. We love the elephants about zoo!

  47. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says

    We love the gorillas!

  48. Giraffe is my little nieces favorite

  49. Alexandra Y says

    My daughter likes the tigers.

  50. Derek Miller says

    Monkeys are my kids favorite zoo animals.

  51. shelly dixon says

    My daughters love giraffes!

  52. Our favorite is the Elephants, but baby hippos are up there on the list 🙂

  53. Love monkeys

  54. My son likes the apes and all three of my kids would be using this.

  55. Antoinette M says

    The giraffe is my daughter’s favorite zoo animal.

  56. We love to visit the elephants and hippos. We would use it for a neighborhood pool party!

  57. My son loves bears and giraffes
    I would love to win this awesome prize pack for my nieces, son and daughter 🙂 Thank You for the chance!

  58. My daughter loves the giraffes at the zoo. I will be sharing this with my 2 daughters, ages 3 and 5 years old.

  59. I heard a couple of my grandkids like the lions, tigers, & bears.
    I also know a couple of them are crazy about elephants and giraffes. So their favorites are all the animals ( :

  60. paige chandler says

    My daughter loves the giraffe and would proudly use the hippo float.

  61. My youngest daughter would love the prize pack! Her favorite zoo animal is the flamingo!

  62. Alyssa Christian says

    I don’t have kids; I want this for myself lol.

  63. elizabeth miller says

    My litle ones favorite zoo animal is the monkey’s. They are followed by the polar bear.

  64. Lauren Becker says

    My niece and nephew will love this, and they actually LOVE Fiona because we live outside Cincinnati.

  65. We like pandas. This would be for my cousin.

  66. We love Monkeys

  67. Michelle Willis says

    We are all about giraffes!

  68. Marilyn Nawara says

    My grandsons love the Penguins — there is a huge penguin exhibit at the John Ball Park Zoo.

  69. Fiona is so cute. I would love to give my niece this!

  70. Tandi Cortez says

    My son’s favorite zoo animal are the monkeys!

  71. My son love elephants!! This prize pack would be so much fun for him!

  72. susan smoaks says

    my kids love the giraffes. they are so cool and long and tall.

  73. favorite is the giraffe

  74. Nidhi Chauhan says

    My son love penguins. He loves to walk like them.

  75. My daughter loves bears.

  76. Belinda Shaw says

    My grandkids enjoy seeing pictures of Fiona.

  77. Brittney House says

    My son would like the Monkeys.

  78. Katrina Weiss says

    My nieces would be getting this prize, and they like lions and monkeys.

  79. Charlene S. says

    My Grandnephew will be enjoying this prize pack.

  80. Fav zoo animal is the elephant

  81. Alyssa Annico says

    Love Sea Otters!

  82. My son’s favorite zoo animal is the penguin.

  83. My son loves Lions and Elephants basically all animals but those are his favorite

  84. Leslie Davis says

    I’d give to my friend’s kids.

  85. Paula Michele Hafner says

    My son’s favorite animal is a dog. He loves them. He would share with his niece, my granddaughter who loves cats.

  86. Shannon Baas says

    they love the monkeys.

  87. Our favorite zoo animal is a giraffe. We would all play with this

  88. My kids will use this if I win

  89. Tricia Andrews says

    My daughter loves sea otters and river otters! She will be using the prize pack.

  90. Susan Chester says

    My granddaughter loves bears. She would get this if I won.

  91. Robin Blankenship says

    I love seeing the monkeys and my daughter will love this.

  92. kathy pease says

    I would like to win this for my granddaughter 🙂

  93. A giraffe!

  94. I love elephants!

  95. Holly Conger says

    My nieces and nephew would love this story, beautiful illustrations as well.

  96. Frances Watson says

    we all love the hippo reminds the kids of grandma

  97. Francine Anchondo says

    my kids love the tigers

  98. My oldest son loves the tigers at our zoo!

  99. I’d have to say the flamingos!

  100. Beverly Metcalf says

    My grandchildren would love the hippo pool float. Thanks for having the contest!

  101. Trisha McKee says

    My daughter loves seeing the penguins at the zoo. She would love the hippo float!

  102. Kristen Patton says

    We love hippos! From a small town in Texas where hippos are the town mascot. Almost everyone including businesses display their hippo statues proudly 🙂

  103. Leah Shumack says

    My daughter loves the penguins! She would definitely get a lot of use out of the pool float!

  104. This would be for my kids. They love giraffes.

  105. Philip Lawrence says

    My grandchild will be using the pool party prize pack if I win.

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