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My Rhinoceros Hardcover – September 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 310L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Michael di Capua Books (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054529441X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545294416
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Will nudge children's creative thinking while giving them plenty to laugh about."—School Library Journal

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"Agee's cartoon style adds to the fun."—The Horn Book

"There's a sweet purity to the comic premise . . . Read it aloud, give youngters a chance to read it alone—it’s all goofily good.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


About the Author

Jon Agee is the author and illustrator of a dozen highly acclaimed picture books, among them MILO’S HAT TRICK, TERRIFIC, and NOTHING (all ALA Notables), as well as eight books of wordplay, including MR. PUTNEY'S QUACKING DOG and GO HANG A SALAMI! I’M A LASAGNA HOG!

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This is a fun story with some great illustrations.
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It's not trying too hard to be meaningful or impart great life lessons, but it is a somewhat crazy book that speaks to young children.
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I laughed out loud when I read the last two pages of the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Armando N. Roman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 29, 2011
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They say to not judge a book by its cover, but with tons of books for kids out there that are good and just so happen to have great covers, something like My Rhinoceros doesn't exactly jump at you from the shelf. I ordered this one on a whim, since there aren't many books about rhinos, and figuring there had to be something cute in here. Boy was I right. My Rhinoceros may not be a classic by any means, but the rhino in this story certainly knows how to pull out all the stops when the time is needed. I recommend this book for parents looking for a quick, funny book to read to their kids now and then, or something for their children to practice reading on their own since it doesn't have very many long or difficult words.

We start out with a young boy who's a little unhappy with his new pet rhino. It's a good rhino and all, but it doesn't seem to do anything. He calls in a rhino expert, who asks if there are any problems with it, but the boy just tells her that it doesn't do anything . She then tells him that rhinos are only good at two things: popping balloons and poking holes in kites. The boy wonders what would happen if he took his rhino near someone who was selling balloons, or at a park where kids are flying kites. As it turns out...nothing happens. Was the expert wrong? Just then, a bank robbery takes place, and the robbers just so happen to escape the police in a hang glider and a hot air balloon. Can you guess what happens next? Bingo.

When the rhino in this book takes down the robbers, you can't help but sit there for a second and wonder what the heck just happened. Then again, you have to question the robbers' intelligence by trying to escape in two slow-moving vehicles...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Thompson VINE VOICE on January 8, 2012
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I'm new to children's books, having had my first son only 6 months ago. I've been building his library, and when I get an opportunity to get a free, new, children's book, I take it. But this one, having read it once to my son (who isn't really quite old enough yet), is one I hope he doesn't end up loving, because I don't really find the story that original or the pictures that captivating.

The book is about a child who gets a rhinoceros as a pet. Disappointed at first that the rhino does not fetch or play, he learns that that a rhinoceros is only good for two things -- popping holes in balloons and poking holes in kites (in other words, using his horn). The child is upset, until a bank robbery in his town allows his rhino to use his unique gifts -- the bank robbers escape in a hot air balloon and kite.

Look, I know it's a children's book so I shouldn't really expect much in terms of realistic storytelling, but still. . .this just seemed to lack imagination. The watercolor drawings are competent, but not really thrilling. I don't think they're beautiful, and I want my children's books illustrations to be beautiful. And if they're not beautiful, they should have something else going for it, like a really great, imaginative story. There's a rhinoceros here, but I don't think the author does nearly enough with him. You could have had pictures of the rhinoceros trying to fit in the bedroom, or in a giant moat in the background, but there's none of that. And the whole "rhinoceros' can only poke holes in things" seems uninspired. I don't know. . .I just feel like this story should be better.

Not recommended. If you're going to buy a storybook as a children's gift, I say look elsewhere. There's got to be better storybooks than this. . .I'll definitely be looking for them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James W. Durney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 11, 2011
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This is a very good book for small children. They tell the story using simple words in easy to understand sentences. The illustrations match the page and are quite good.

There is no big moral lesson here, just a warm, happy, fun story. My 3-year-old grandson likes the book, asking me to read it a couple of times since the first reading. This is a story that is engaging if the reader tries. We swoosh, grunt and yell with the action.

In short, a boy buys a rhinoceros for a pet. The rhinoceros is a huge disappointment until he discovers an unexpected ability. This leads to a very happy ending for the boy and his pet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MoranReviews VINE VOICE on October 6, 2011
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I'm going to have to agree with some of the other reviewers to which the list price of this book is high, ergo this makes for a better library read. This also doesn't have a re-readability factor. Once read, it loses its charm and magic. The book is repetative too, but I think intentionally so. The illustrations were very simplistic, but adorable. It certainly teaches kids to look beyond what's there in front of them, to acknowledge that everyone has traits we may not see. A good message. My 5 year olds liked it, but had no interest once it was put down. My best suggestion is a target age of toddlers 2-3, anything older there'd be no interest. I can't put my finger on it, but there was just something lacking. Just no wow factor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on September 22, 2011
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My daughter loves to read (and be read to) and so I look for any opportunity to find something new for her to indulge in. `My Rhinoceros' is not her favorite new book, but it is one that she readily enjoyed and one that I enjoyed reading to her. The illustrations are nicely done and the story and wording is simple enough to keep her entertained without going over her head or getting too wordy and overstaying its welcome (which can happen to both children and their parents) but it isn't so simple that it is too young for my four-year-old. I also like that the story provokes thought. This may not seem like it, but this has a subtle way of addressing the fact that we all have something special inside of us, even if it isn't initially noticeable. The issue of `judging a book by its cover' or judging someone based on a preconceived notion of `what they should be' is a big one, and this book gently addresses that subject by noting that this Rhinoceros doesn't do anything he's expected to do, but at the end of the day he is the one to thank for `saving the day'; that, and he has another special something to offer. The moral being that we shouldn't be quick to write off someone (the boy wishing that he had bought a Hippopotamus instead) before we truly get to know them. Like I said, this is a good book with nice illustrations and a nice story. It isn't amazing, but it is above average.
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