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A Very Fiona Christmas

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Book Summary

In this follow-up to the blockbuster hit Fiona the Hippo, based on the internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo, join Fiona and her loveable animal friends for a heartwarming holiday romp through the zoo in this fun and whimsical picture book---the perfect Christmas read-aloud for fans of Fiona (and hippos!) everywhere.

About the Book

Join your favorite hippo, Fiona–the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens–and all her loveable animal friends for their first heartwarming Christmas adventure through the zoo to find the answer to the question, “What’s Christmas?”

Amidst the snow, twinkling lights, mistletoe, and stockings, Fiona ends up meeting a new friend at the zoo who helps her discover the true meaning of the holiday: love. Snuggle up with your little ones and join Fiona and her adorable animal friends for a romp through the zoo.

A Very Fiona Christmas teaches children about:

  • The true meaning of the holidays by sharing the wonders and excitement of the season
  • Friendship, the importance of helping others, and the power of laughter

This adorable picture book is great for readers ages 4-8, and includes:

  • Art by New York Times bestselling artist Richard Cowdrey (Fiona the Hippo; Bad Dog, Marley)
  • A beautiful holiday themed cover that shimmers and shines with foil and glitter

Check out other titles in the Fiona the Hippo series: Fiona the Hippo, Fiona, It’s Bedtime, and Fiona Helps a Friend.


In the second of a series, internet sensation Fiona the Hippo, who was born six weeks prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2017, celebrates Christmas. With the zoo lights shining and a festive feeling in the air, Fiona goes searching for the true meaning of the holiday. She slides down a snowy bank with the penguins, admires the zoo's Christmas tree, and meets reindeer, but still seeks an answer: 'What's Christmas, Mama?' Cowdrey illustrates in a cozy, inviting art style that--while it doesn't offer much verisimilitude relating to Fiona's backstory--will appeal to younger readers invested in the characters. A predictable narrative arc (Fiona discovers that the true meaning of Christmas is giving to others) is nevertheless sweetly uplifting.