I'm trying to identify a book I used to read as a child (90s-00s) that I just barely remember. It was for young children, and I believe each page had a sentence or two along with an illustration. It might have even been part of some kind of children's anthology. I don't know if it was published around the time I was a child, or before. It seems very likely that it was published sometime between 1990 and 2000.

It's driving me crazy, and I really want to remember what it was called!

I think the main character was an animal of some kind, likely a bear, a dog, or a hippopotamus.

In the story, the character realizes he has no food in his kitchen, so he drives up a hill in his car (I think it was red?) to the grocery store. There, he buys lots of food and puts it in his car.

Then, I think the food weighed down his car too much for him to drive it, so he begins to eat some of the food so that he can drive the car. He ends up eating all of the food by the time he gets home. I distinctly remember in one of the illustrations he's drinking a bottle of ketchup with a straw.

I think the book ended with him back where he began, in his kitchen realizing he has no food (because he ate it all on the way home).

Can anyone identify this story?

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    Could it have been a Noddy story? Noddy's not an animal, but he has a car, and I think I vaguely remember a story like this about him (but can't find it now). – Rand al'Thor Oct 2 '17 at 9:44
  • @Randal'Thor oh, nice suggestion! I wouldn't totally rule it out, but that name doesn't quite ring a bell for me. For some reason my very vague memory of this book contains an animal main character, although I could be mis-remembering. – anwen Oct 2 '17 at 11:40
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    I have a vague memory of it being a hippopotamus, but that might be jsut because they're known to have large appetites. – Sean Duggan Oct 5 '17 at 11:36
  • @SeanDuggan now that you mention it, that seems like a very likely animal. I'll modify the question to include hippopotamus. – anwen Oct 5 '17 at 17:51

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