My Rhinoceros

Overview


Watch Jon Agee win over a new flock of fans--the toddler set

If you should ever get a rhinoceros for a pet, you're in for a surprise. It won't chase a ball. Or a stick. Or a frisbie. In fact, according to the experts, a rhinoceros does only two things: pop balloons and poke holes in kites.

But don't be discouraged. As you'll discover in Jon Agee's hilarious picture book, rhinoceroses can do more--so much ...

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Overview


Watch Jon Agee win over a new flock of fans--the toddler set

If you should ever get a rhinoceros for a pet, you're in for a surprise. It won't chase a ball. Or a stick. Or a frisbie. In fact, according to the experts, a rhinoceros does only two things: pop balloons and poke holes in kites.

But don't be discouraged. As you'll discover in Jon Agee's hilarious picture book, rhinoceroses can do more--so much more--than that!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Adopting a rhinoceros, in and of itself, would be absurd enough for most storytellers. For Agee (Milo's Hat Trick), it is simply the first in a series of weird narrative curveballs. The young narrator discovers that his mellow, sleepy-eyed new pet will not "chase a ball. Or a stick. Or a frisbee." He consults a "rhinoceros expert," who tells him that "rhinoceroses only do two things. Pop balloons and poke holes in kites." The disappointed boy takes his rhino to a park, where it ignores children flying kites and placidly sniffs flowers while run-of-the-mill dogs play real games. Only when two bank robbers attempt a getaway, using a hot-air balloon and a hang-glider, does the rhinoceros prove its mettle, springing into superheroic action and demonstrating a third, even more surprising ability. Agee's deadpan voice and blocky, India-ink-and-watercolor pictures play into the inherent oddity of the story. The huge gray rhino allows its comparatively small owner to lead it by a thin rope, and stays calm except in the boy's imagination and in the triumphant non sequitur of a conclusion. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

Praise for Mr. Putney's Quacking Dog:

"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

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
The somewhat contrary gleam in the rhinoceros's eye on the cover of Jon Agee's latest offering is fair warning that this rhinoceros isn't just going to roll over for the boy who gets him from the exotic pet store. In fact, the rhino doesn't seem to do anything; however a rhinoceros expert corrects the boy's thinking: rhinos DO pop balloons and poke holes in kites. The boy goes on to make a daring capture of two robbers who are using balloons and kites to make their get-away. The deadpan delicious absurdity of the story line is echoed in Agee's illustrations. Altogether this is a book sure to delight a host of young readers, and to get a chuckle out of the adult reader. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—After buying a pet rhinoceros, a young boy wonders if he has made a poor choice. His new pet doesn't chase, fetch, or do any other tricks. A consultation with an expert reveals that rhinos only do two things—"pop balloons and poke holes in kites." A trip to the park where kites and balloons abound still doesn't elicit a response from the creature. Just as the boy decides he should have bought a hippo, he sees a bank heist with the robbers fleeing by glider kite and hot-air balloon, and the boy sics his rhino on the airborne thieves. In the satisfying conclusion, the pachyderm punctures the getaway crafts, landing the perps in police custody, and the satisfied boy realizes that he is the proud owner of a flying rhino. The cartoon illustrations feature muted colors, clean strong lines, and a generous use of space to focus the action. The twist at the end of this everyday fantasy will delight kids and may have them asking for a rhino of their own.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Pamela Paul
…like Syd Hoff's Danny and the Dinosaur, with its mix of realism and preposterousness, My Rhinoceros may convince a child or two that owning a rhinoceros—especially one that pops balloons and pokes holes in kites—may well be worth imagining.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545294416
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 401,588
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet 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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