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Fiona the Hippo, by New York Times bestselling artist Richard Cowdrey of Bad Dog, Marley fame, tells the story of Fiona, the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo who captured hearts around the world with her inspiring story and plucky personality.

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.

9780310766391 | Hardcover | $17.99


Also available:

9780310766360 | Board book | $8.99


Richard Cowdrey's bestselling children's books include Legend of the Candy Cane, Bad Dog, Marley, and A Very Marley Christmas.

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!

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Fiona Activity Kit

Fiona Curriculum Kit

Check back here for all the Fiona Book Release Launch Week details!

  • Tuesday, August 7
    • 10 am Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden launch party!
      • Address: 3400 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH 45220
      • 10am-11am drawing demonstration with illustrator Richard Cowdrey
      • 11am-1pm book signing at the Zoo Store
      • 1pm-2pm free ice cream in the Hippo Cove 
  • Wednesday, August 8
    • 1pm-3pm Kroger Marketplace drawing demonstration and signing
      • Address: 4613 Marburg Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45209
    • 6pm Barnes & Noble book signing
      • Address: 9891 Waterstone Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45249 
  • Thursday, August 9
    • Joseph-Beth VIP Kids Night and book signing
    • Address: 2785 Dixie Hwy, Crestview Hills, KY 41017 
  • Friday, August 10
    • 6pm Barnes & Noble book signing
    • Address: 4005 Townsfair Way, Columbus, OH 43219

For press inquiries, please contact Jessica Westra at [email protected]