Review | Hippo Says “Excuse Me” by Michael Dahl

Thank you to Capstone for the opportunity to review this book.

Hippo Says “Excuse Me” is a bright and colorful board book for children ages 2 to 4. Michael Dahl tells the story of Hippo, who uses good manners by saying “excuse me” as he goes through his day. He is even able to help a little chick get on the elevator by being kind and saying “excuse me.”

Hippo Says Excuse Me

An adult reading this book might think that it’s a bit repetitive, but the repetition is perfect for toddlers. I read this book with my two boys (ages 18 months and almost 3), and they loved it. My oldest loved Oriol Vidal’s bright illustrations…and they are bright! Perfect for attracting the attention of young eyes. My younger son enjoyed the story and asked for it several times. After a couple reads he was repeating “meep me!” which I am sure is his version of “excuse me.” This was a really fun read for my boys, and the bonus was that it taught them how to use their manners and be kind to others.

I would recommend this book to anyone with a toddler. It’s a board book, so it can handle rough toddler hands and repeated readings. It’s bright and fun, and the repetitive text will have your child chiming in to help you finish the story. The book is part of Dahl’s extensive Hello Genius series, so you will be able to find many great companion books that reinforce good manners and life skills.

Hippo Says “Excuse Me” is 20 pages long and is published by Capstone.

I received a digital copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.


Crystal is an activist, feminist, and mom of three. She loves reading, crochet, and enjoying her family and friends. She lives with her family in Indianapolis.

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