Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
4.2 Llamas


I remember when I first got this book; we were at Barnes ‘n Noble and I was looking around the kid section, when suddenly I saw this book. And the first sentence I read said, “Is it a homicide if the victim is a hippo?” And SOLD!!! I love this book; honestly, I love all of Stuart Gibbs books, (I have read a lot of them) and I think you will love them too if ya read them.

This book is about a hippo being murdered (LOVE IT!!!!) and Teddy is trying to figure out who did it. It is very funny (all of Stuart Gibbs books are) and it is also kid-friendly… Though there is a lot of hippo manure mentioned, and some curse words. (Except, I only remember one, but it was a bad one… Someone used the name of Jesus in vain, they should have their mouth washed out with soap)

Over all, I highly suggest this book, and more of Stuart Gibbs books. Most of his books don’t have curse words… I think. It has been a while since I have read any, well, I guess that means I should go read them. I hope my review was helpful! -The Young Llama Reader.


  • Very funny!!!
  • Kid-friendly and there’s a SERIES!!!!


  • A few minor curse words… and one big one!

Twelve-year-old Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt Fitzroy has murder on his hands and trouble on his tail. He believes that Henry, the hippopotamus at the brand-new FunJungle, has been murdered. The zoo’s top brass claim the hippo went belly up the natural way, but Teddy and his feisty friend Summer McCraken have other ideas. Could the culprit be FunJungle’s animal-hating head of operations? Or is it FunJungle’s owner—Summer’s dad—a man who is much more concerned about money than animal welfare? The deeper Teddy and Summer dig, the more danger they’re in—because when it comes to hippo homicide, the truth can’t be caged!

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