Fiona the Hippo Hits the Bookstores


She has her own line of t-shirts, a hashtag, numerous viral videos, the national spotlight and a devoted following, so it’s only appropriate that Fiona the Hippo is the subject of two new books.





Just in time for the holidays, we’ve got two new books sure to delight the biggest #TeamFiona fans! {While Fiona’s Feelings doesn’t hit shelves until April, Blue Manatee, Sleepy Bee Cafe and Braze Street Studios have teamed up for a launch party this November that you won’t want to miss!}

Find out when Fiona the Hippo hits the bookstores in Cincinnati:

Fiona’s Feelings 

Dr. John Hutton

Written by Blue Manatee’s own Dr. John Hutton, Fiona’s Feelings features photographs of Fiona by the talented photographers at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens. On Nov. 4, come to the launch party and hear the story of Fiona from Zoo Director (and honorary Manatee) Thane Maynard, and share a delicious Fiona cake from Sleepy Bee Café. Brazee Street Studios will also be offering a Fiona-themed Glassroom activity after the event (for an additional fee).

Fiona’s Feelings hit shelves in Spring 2018. To pre-order Fiona’s Feelings, stop by or call Blue Manatee at 513-731-2665.

Hip, Hippo, Hooray for Fiona!

Jan Sherbin

Hip, Hippo, Hooray for Fiona is a photographic biography which chronicles the celebrity hippo’s first days, from her surprise early arrival in winter through her intensive medical care, then through her first spring and summer when she learned to live as a hippo, met her parents, and met her fans.

“Fiona’s chances for survival were as tiny as she was,” says Cincinnati writer Jan Sherbin, who authored the book with an eye toward making Fiona’s story accessible to small children and also a warm memory for parents and grandparents reading the book to them. “Millions of people around the world became emotionally invested in the little hippo’s journey and pulled for her. The devotion of Fiona’s caregivers inspired them, and the close animal-human bond enchanted them.”

The author encapsulates this special time so readers can re-live the inspiration and enchantment for years to come. Telling Fiona’s story through 65 Cincinnati Zoo photos, Hip, Hippo, Hooray for Fiona! serves as both a children’s book and family keepsake album.

The 40-page hardcover book is made in the United States with ISBN 978-0-692-94935-1 and a cover price of $25.99, and is available now at Joseph-Beth, Blue Marble, Booksellers on Fountain Square and Barnes & Noble. A portion of proceeds from sale of the book goes to the Cincinnati Zoo to help it continue its world-class work.

Photo credit: Facebook/Cincinnati Zoo

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