Author Vincent Tomeo’s “The Usefulness of Hippopotamus: A Humorous Chapbook for Trying Times” Brings a Reading That Lifts the Spirit

In the book, the author shares his journey in navigating the hurdles of a pandemic and dealing with bladder cancer and underscores how humor became his source of solace and joy. For many readers, the author’s choice to embrace laughter as a coping mechanism is not only laudable but also resonates as a relatable approach to confronting life challenges.

Author, activist, and poet Vincent Tomeo’s top-rated self-help book, “The Usefulness of Hippopotamus: A Humorous Chapbook for Trying Times” by Vincent J. Tomeo,” is now available in leading digital bookstores globally and offers a funny collection of poems that aims to brighten anyone’s day. 

The book, which recently obtained the prestigious Golden Literary Titan Award in May 2023, stresses the impact of humor in navigating the complexities of challenging circumstances. Tomeo’s journey takes root in the whimsical inspiration derived from Disney’s Fantasia and the enchanting image of a dancing hippopotamus. 

What unfolds is an inspirational poem that serves as a testament to Tomeo’s unwavering belief in the therapeutic power of humor. “The Usefulness of Hippopotamus” encapsulates the essence of laughter as an indispensable elixir, capable of illuminating even the darkest moments life may throw each person’s way.

The self-help book has earned five-star reviews on Amazon, with readers lauding Tomeo for making a book that explores the importance of humor in people’s lives and using it as a remedy for physical and mental anxieties. In a review, Amy, one of the readers, said the poems exude lightheartedness and uncover beauty and joy in challenging circumstances.

“Tomeo’s writing style is engaging and accessible, filled with wit, whimsy, and clever wordplay. The blend of personal experiences and surrealism creates a captivating and unique perspective on life. The Usefulness of Hippopotamus is a brief but impactful read that brightens even the darkest days, making it a perfect companion for those seeking respite from life’s challenges,” wrote Amy.

Beyond the bool’s humorous allure lies a layer of emotion drawn from Tomeo’s personal experience. Confronting both the trials of the pandemic and a battle with bladder cancer, the author navigates the depths of hardship with resilience steeped in humor. 

“This is a great coffee table book as it can put a smile on your face immediately, so leave it out for everyone to read. We could all use more laughter around the world, and this book is a great starting point,” wrote Peps, another reader.

With 36 years of teaching American history at a New York City public high school, Tomeo brings a wealth of experience and insight to his work. His multifaceted background as a poet, historian, and community activist enriches the narrative, infusing it with authenticity and a genuine connection to the human experience.

Vincent Tomeo’s literary accolades extend beyond this recent achievement. With 908 published poems and essays, 105 awards, and 135 public readings, Tomeo has established himself as a prolific and revered figure in the literary landscape. His work has been featured in esteemed publications such as the New York Times, Comstock Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, and more.

Those who want to grab a copy of self-help book “The Usefulness of Hippopotamus: A Humorous Chapbook for Trying Times” may purchase it on Amazon. Readers may also check out Tomeo’s other impressive works at

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