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My Rhinoceros Hardcover – September 1, 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews

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

"Delightfully mind-stretching fun . . . Get ready to ponder, giggle and fully appreciate."—Kirkus Reviews

"Parents, get ready to hear these groaners again and again."—Booklist

"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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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; Stated First Edition edition (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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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If the qualification for a good children's book is that children like it, then this one is good. My children, 6, 4, and 2 all liked it...they reacted very quietly, but asked me to read it again the first time we read it. My husband's complaint was that rhinos don't have tusks...they have horns; and that old cars, not animals, are clunkers (which I kind of liked this type of dry humor in the book). Otherwise, I appreciated that there was nothing questionable in the book (I've been surprised lately by how many children's books force political views or use profane language). The size of the book is nice...easy to show several children at once. The illustrations, language and plot are very simple...good for little ones, but left a little for my six year old to think about. I'm not crazy about the book, and the children don't ask for it as much as many of their other books, but it is a cute simple book that is appropriate for young children. A good library book honestly.
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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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Jon Agee wrote a nicely illustrated book with a cute narration. The story begins with a boy going to an exotic pet store to buy a pet. The boy decides to buy a rhinocerous. He soon finds that the rhinocerous doesn't catch balls or do other dog tricks. The boy learns, however, that rhinoceros are good at popping balloons and putting holes in kites. The boy takes the rhinoceros near baloons and kites, and the rhinoceros doesn't put holes in either of them. Suddenly the boy and rhinoceros spot a bank robbery. The robbers are escaping with the help of a hot air balloon and a kite. Luckily, the rhinocerous suddenly pops the balloon and the pokes a hole in the kite so that the robbers are caught. The illustrations perfectly match the story.

I gave the book four stars because I really enjoyed the illustrations and liked reading about a rhinoceros, an animal not commonly included in children's books. I didn't give the book five stars because while the story was cute, there was nothing ingenious or terribly special about it.

I recommend this book for the pre-kindergarten age group because it has such beautiful illustrations and a simple story that can be understood by all. The kindergarten age group might also enjoy the story since the pictures will provide cues for reading.
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