Fiona, Love at the Zoo

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Pub Date 15 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 22 Nov 2022

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Join your favorite hippo, Fiona, the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, as she visits her zoo friends and celebrates how love makes the world more beautiful. Learn with Fiona as she discovers how different animals show their affection and love. Fiona, Love at the Zoo is another addition to the wildly successful Fiona the Hippo series of books, created by New York Times bestselling illustrator Richard Cowdrey.

Love is in the air as Fiona the hippo sees all the zoo animals expressing their affection for each other. Whether it’s the red panda babies cuddling up close to their mama or the swans dancing across the water, Fiona knows there are many ways to say I Love You. 

Fiona, Love at the Zoo is:

  • A perfect way to tell someone you love them
  • Great for fans of Fiona the Hippo and all zoo animals
  • For children ages 4-8, and readers young and old
  • A beautiful gift for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and more, featuring a cover that shimmers and shines with foil and gloss


Love Fiona the Hippo? Don’t miss out on the other titles in the Fiona series:

  • Fiona the Hippo
  • Happy Birthday, Fiona
  • A Very Fiona Christmas
  • Fiona Helps a Friend
  • Fiona Saves the Day
  • Fiona, It's Bedtime
  • Fiona's Train Ride
  • Fiona Goes to School
  • Fiona and the Rainy Day


Join your favorite hippo, Fiona, the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, as she visits her zoo friends and celebrates how love makes the world more beautiful...

Marketing Plan

Follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Fiona the Hippo and other Fiona books Illustrated by New York Times bestseller Richard Cowdrey

In partnership with The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens (social media following of 1.9M)

Born six weeks premature, on January 24, 2017, Fiona weighed 29 lbs., less than the lowest recorded birth weight for her species!

Perfect for zoo-goers and animal-lovers, especially hippo fans

Fun everyday experiences that readers can relate to make great gifts or additions to library collections either at home or in schools and public spaces

Illustrator Richard Cowdrey visits schools, zoos and bookstores telling people about Fiona and this book series

The cover sparkles with foil and spot UV cover decoration

Follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Fiona the Hippo and other Fiona books Illustrated by New York Times bestseller Richard Cowdrey

In partnership with The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical...

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ISBN 9780310770855
PRICE $18.99 (USD)

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Fiona’s book about love at the zoo is fantastic. I loved the rhyming prose and think my first graders would love using this book to studying rhyme. I think it’s a wonderful book when rhythms like Boynton to introduce children from a very young age to the animals they can see at the zoo. Highly recommend!

Thank you to NetGalley and Zonderkidz-Books for making this arc available for me to read and fall in love with ❤️

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The beautifully detailed and colorful illustrations and rhyming text tell a sweet story about how animals at the zoo show affection for one another.

The real life Fiona is a well known hippo from the Cincinnati Zoo, but you don’t need to visit the zoo to fall in love with the Fiona books (although it might give you a great reason to take a trip there!)

Fiona, Love at the Zoo would make the perfect baby shower or Valentines Day gift. There is even space at the beginning of the book to write a special message to dedicate the book (This book is for: With Lots of Love From: On this date:)

Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for the advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

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This is a beautiful book about love and all the different ways you can show someone how you love them.

My daughter absolutely loved this book, the illustration’s are beautiful she loved the rhyming aspect of it.

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.

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Our household loves Fiona and we also love the zoo so this was a great combo! The story was fun and the illustrations beautiful. My son loved it and told me to give it 5 stars!

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This is a delightful addition to the Fiona series, which my daughter absolutely adores! It would be a great book for Valentine's Day with the book focusing on the idea of love. The illustrations are beautiful and help to highlight the different kinds of animal you might see at the zoo. It would be a great addition to any child's library.

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Richard Cowdrey never fails in delivering a delightful children's book featuring our favorite hippo, Fiona. Beautifully illustrated and full of an array of animal friends at the zoo, this next installment with Fiona is a must have for children.

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There is genuinely nothing better than a picture book that has beautiful illustrations and a loving message. A niche thing that I enjoy is following zoos around the country and waiting for the announcements of the newborns. Fiona the Hippo was one of the most memorable births in the last few years. I got sidetracked, but this is a great book to read to anybody of any age.

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This adorable story follows different animal friends & family in the zoo as Fiona observes them connecting with each other. I was most taken in by the illustrations, which are bright, beautiful, and realistic. The poetry alongside it will warm any little heart who loves to look and talk about animals at the zoo.

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Another great Fiona book! My daughter loves these books, and this one was no exception. Such a sweet story, full of wonderful illustrations.

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Thanks to Netgalley and Zonderkidz for a free digital copy.

A sweet book full of adorable animals showing affection for one another. Perfect for valentines day or really any day of the year!

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This book was simple, cute and perfect. It highlighted how diverse love can be and how families may look different and have differing ways of showing love to each other. I think this concept is so important in our current world. The artwork was by far my favorite part of this book. It was incredible.

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In honor, of Fiona’s new brother- I am posting early!!!! Yay, another baby hippo!! We are so excited and Ollie can’t wait to visit him! 🥰🥰

I requested this book so fast!! We are from Cincinnati and Fiona is so special to us. How cool is it to go to the zoo and see her in real life, all the time?! We own all the books but I was really excited to get an arc of this one.

Like all the Fiona books, this one is so sweet and special. Love at the zoo, is always something you see with the animals. I loved the beautiful illustrations and so did Oliver! He loves the zoo and seeing that it was Fiona had him really excited. It’s such a sweet book and perfect for Valentine’s Day! He kept “aww-ing” throughout this book. For us this was a hit from the beginning but I think your kids would love it without knowing who Fiona is. It’s about animals at the zoo and love, what could be better?! There’s also some rhyming in here, which I appreciated.

I highly recommend this one if you are from the area or love Fiona! Even if you don’t… I think your kids will still enjoy it!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Zonderkidz for an e-arc to review.

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