Hazel Edwards

Hazel Edwards

Creativity is the fun of putting together unexpected ideas.

Hippopotamus on the roof eating cake
Hippopotamus on the hospital roof eating cake

Hazel Edwards’ third published work ‘There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake’, has been cherished by children and parents alike and led to the dubious honour of Hazel often being referred to as ‘the Hippo Lady’. Since its publication in 1980, it has been reprinted annually, evolved into a series of six picture books, classroom play scripts, a musical stage production and a short movie. Hazel loves creating quirky, feisty characters and thrives on writing for all ages, publishing over 200 books across a range of subjects and genres. Passionate about literacy and creativity, Hazel has mentored gifted children and held the title of Reading Ambassador for various organisations. 

Hazel's programs

There's a Hippopotamus on the Roof Eating Cake

Age: 5-8 years

Writing focus: Narrative, Visual Literacy

Story starter
Celebrate the Hippo’s 40th birthday by writing your own hippo story with Hazel Edwards! Explore themes of resilience and bravery, friendship and loyalty and create your very own picture book.
Student work
Sneak Peek

What's included

For Students and Teachers:

  • One printed 12-page A5 book per student
  • Videos from author
  • The story starter
  • Writing program, linked to the curriculum
  • Reference to quality text and research
  • A digital book per student for life


Price per student licence:

  • 1 – 99 = $19.80
  • 100 – 499 = $17.60
  • 500 or more = $16.50

Every digital book can also create digital classroom libraries and bookclubs for parents to enjoy.