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Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Love this book.  Checked it out from the library for a class ass

    Love this book.  Checked it out from the library for a class assignment and will now be buying it for my son!  One reviewer said they were "Blindsided by era specific references about parents hitting the child."  Well the page she is referring to says "And he is great for not letting your mother hit you when you haven't really done anything bad."  I can see how this could be troublesome for some people but really the narrator is a child, so think of it as the child saying it, remember when yo were a kid, you never thought you deserved the spank!  It is a very cute book and with all Shel Silverstein books the illustrations give it just a little bit more!  Definitely a must have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009


    I bought this book for my nephew without reading it in full. I figured how wrong could you go with Shel? Anyways, my nephew struggles with enjoying reading and I've found over the years that getting him items that are a bit silly to get his imagination going really help keep his interest (and I love the smile they bring to his face!). However, I was blindsided with some of the more era specific references about parents hitting the child, etc (specifics hard to recall because the book is with my nephew). I just felt really rotten on those few pages that call out abusive behavior by the parents and even of the child because my nephew has come from a home life with his mother that was full of that. He is now safe with my family but now I have to skip over that page or make up something that says the same thing but a bit less blunt. Sorry Shel, I probably should have gave it a good read before the purchase. Overall it is a cute idea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2004

    One of the finest books in print

    I love this book. I am 25, and still relish the memory of this glorious romp around the pen and ink drawings of Shel Silverstein. I wanted a rhinoceros for years after I read this at the age of 5 -- their true non-cuddliness was a great shock. Read this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

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