Rhinoceros Tap: 15 Seriously Silly Songs


Perk Up Your Ears!

From the Iniminiminimitable Sandra Boynton come 15 quirky and captivating songs for kids.

TaDAAAAA! Here at looong last is the impatiently awaited release of RHINOCEROS TAP, Sandra Boynton's first book/recording set—completely redesigned, and now with a spiffy CD instead of a cranky ...
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Perk Up Your Ears!

From the Iniminiminimitable Sandra Boynton come 15 quirky and captivating songs for kids.

TaDAAAAA! Here at looong last is the impatiently awaited release of RHINOCEROS TAP, Sandra Boynton's first book/recording set—completely redesigned, and now with a spiffy CD instead of a cranky old cassette tape. (Cassette tapes are SO Last Millenium)

The terrific musical theater actor Adam Bryant performs with zest and subtlety these 15 unpredictable original songs. This exuberant set is the perfect companion volume to the #1 national bestseller, Philadelphia Chickens.

With lyrics and pictures by Boynton and music written with and played by the one and only Michael Ford (actually, there are probably quite a few Michael Fords, but this one is a really good musician), these songs have the style, swing, charm, and pizzazz that little listeners deserve.

Read along! Sing along! Oink along! Or maybe just listen.
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Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Toe-tappin' author-illustrator Sandra Boynton remakes her bestselling 1996 book, Rhinoceros Tap, following the format of her 2002 smash hit Philadelphia Chickens. Loaded with 15 "seriously silly songs" to get kids shaking their tail feathers, Boynton's book-and-CD combo combines her talents with those of Michael Ford for a marvelous musical about animals and childhood. Boynton lends her sprightly artwork to the book, which features such winners as "The Rhinoceros Tap," the sailor-themed "The Crabby Song," and "So Long, Doggies." Other standouts are a ballad to an uneaten vegetable called "O, Lonely Peas," the island-flavored "Tropical Sand," a sweet-natured love song between two mice named "I Love You More than Cheese," and the hilarious "The Shortest Song in the Universe." Boynton and Ford make sure to pour plenty of kid-friendliness and musical diversity into the songs, resulting in a Broadway-style extravaganza that readers young and old will drink up. Part Two of the book includes the lyrics and music for all of the songs, letting those budding artists play the tunes themselves, along with a cut-out insert for creating your own CD holder. Self-described as being "for all ages and species, not counting mosquitoes," this spectacular set is a spirit-lifting treat that Boynton fans -- and anyone with a song in their heart -- won't want to miss. Matt Warner
Publishers Weekly
Author-illustrator-composer Sandra Boynton bops into summer by putting a fresh coat of paint-literally-on her 1999 book-and-cassette package Rhinoceros Tap, a collaboration with Mike Ford and Adam Bryant. A redesigned edition of the book packaged with a remastered CD is now available. The new look/format-new cover colors and design; more elongated, rectangular trim-size for the book; CD replacing the cassette-makes it a perfect companion to Boynton and Ford's Philadelphia Chickens. Additionally, CD-only versions of both titles are available from Rounder Kids. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Matt Warner
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4Best-selling greeting card artist Sandra Boynton expands her repertoire with this wonderfully zany collection of songs for children. Lyrics by Boynton and musical composition by Boynton and Michael Ford have produced such toe-tapping numbers as the Big Band style "Rhinoceros Tap"; a traditional sailor song in which the sailor piggies sing about their captain; a calypso tune in which a moose sings about how much more he likes Alaska than the sandy tropics; the square-dance style "Barnyard Dance" ("Bow to the horse/ Bow to the cow/ Twirl with the pig/if you know how"); a mousy love song, "I Love You More Than Cheese"; and several other equally whimsical numbers incorporating rock, blues, doo-wop, and traditional rounds. Adam Bryant does a magnificent job singing each of the ditties, accompanied by professional instrumentalists on keyboards and synthesizers. The lyrics in the book are accompanied by generous color illustrations of Boynton's trademark hippos, piggies, dogs, cats, mice, barnyard animals, etc. At the back of the book are simple scores for each song, including the melody line in the treble clef and chord markings. Children and adults will enjoy listening to the songs over and over, while pouring over the lyrics and illustrations in the book.-Beverly Bixler, El Paso Public Library, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761133230
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2004
  • Edition description: Book&Cd
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 123,647
  • Age range: 1 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, writer, and songwriter. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over forty children’s books and seven general audience books, including four New York Times bestsellers. More than 60 million of her books have been sold—“mostly to friends and family,” she says. She has also written and produced five albums of award-winning children’s music. Three of her albums have been certified Gold, and Philadelphia Chickens, nominated for a Grammy, has gone Platinum. She lives with her family on a farm in New England.

Michael Ford, Sandra Boynton’s esteemed collaborator on Philadelphia Chickens and Rhinoceros Tap, is a classically trained composer and pianist, with a long detour in Progressive Rock performance. He and his family live down the road a spell from Sandy.


In the 1980s, it was hard to enter a gift shop without seeing Sandra Boynton's name. Her humorous pen-and-watercolor cartoons of hippos, ewes, and her famous turkeys (you know, symbolizing the human ones in life who can get you down) were emblazoned on cards, mugs, stickers, stationery...and of course, her wonderful, wacky books, the first of which was 1979's Hippos Go Berserk! .

Boynton began her career as a greeting card illustrator with aspirations of theater directing; but having a family changed her focus, and she began devoting herself full-time to art. Her board books, filled with goofy animal illustrations and rhyming verse, are toddler staples. But their appeal to adults is undeniable, and she has also written a number of humor books for the general public.

Given the rhythmic, buoyant style of her writing, it was only natural that Boynton would become involved in companion music to her books. From the '90s on, several of her titles included accompanying CDs, culminating in the 2002 release of Philadelphia Chickens, a CD-book extravaganza written with composer Michael Ford and featuring musical performances by several high-profile stars.

Who knows what lies ahead for this irrepressible force of nature? If there's one thing Sandra Boynton has proved in the course of her remarkably diverse career, it's that she's not lost her capacity to surprise us. (Thank heavens!)

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    1. Hometown:
      "Somewhere in rural Connecticut"
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 3, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Orange, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Yale University, 1974; attended University of California--Berkeley Drama School and Yale Drama School

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    Fun and engaging

    The music and lyrics on this CD are hillariously funny! It's a great sing-along book for kids of all ages. My 15 month old loves the crabby babies song, and her dad loves the tickle song!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    My Granddaughter's favorite!!

    I've always enjoyed the Sandra Boynton books, and so when 'Rhinocerous Tap' came out, I rushed out to buy it. It came with a tape, not a CD, back in 1996, and my one-year-old granddaughter and I listened to the songs while looking through the pictures in the book. I am a pianist, so I was also able to play her all the songs from the music in the back of the book, while she sat on my lap!! What a great bonding experience for us. A few of her favorites were 'Little One', which she always listened to before her nap, and 'Barnyard Dance', which we danced to around the dining room table! As she got a little older, she learned the words to many of the songs, and was able to sing along with the tape, or while I played the piano. When her sister came along 3 years after, she joined in the fun, and we spent many happy hours singing and dancing and listening and reading! I really do believe that their great senses of humor were fostered and enhanced by the fabulously funny lyrics of the songs in this book. I've purchased the book and CD for several new grandmas to share with their grandchildren, and they all love it. Now that I am a grandma for the 3rd time, I am buying another copy to share with my newest granddaughter. I can't wait for her to be old enough to enjoy it as the others did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2007

    What a Bummer!

    Have receiving the Philadelphia Chickens for a gift... I ran out to buy this one. I found that the songs were all done by what sounded like the same person. Maybe a few different ones here and there, but over all... it wasn't something that I found very fun to listen to. So I returned it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2007

    Don't like the songs

    I am very disappointed in these songs. I have always heard good things about Sandra Boynton songs, and really like 'personal penguin' after downloading it for free. But I do not like the ones in this book. There is one about 'Bad Babies' and that is not something I want my 3 year old listening to when he has a 3 month old baby sister. I feel that to many of the songs have a negative side to them and that some of them are just to slow pace for kids. I am just REALLY disappointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

    Funny, and not the least bit annoying!

    We received this book/cd as a present for our daughter when she was born, and she's 8 months old now and we listen to it all of the time. 'Bad Babies' is particularly funny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2007

    A lot of fun

    Being musical, my son loves this book and C/D combo and we often play it and dance about the living room.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2007

    Best Book and CD - Wish they had it in DVD

    I keep my granddaughter - now 10 months old - and have been playing this since she was 2 or 3 months old. She loves it. Dances, sings and it totally calms her when she is fussy. I wish they had it on DVD so she could SEE the Rhinoceros Tap Dancer (Grandma is just a little rusty).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2007

    FUN FUN FUN!!!

    Halarious! My dad wanted this book for his birthday and when a grown man wants it... It has to be good! :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2006

    Fun songs for little ones

    My 12 month old loves this CD. We listen to it in the car and sing the songs at home. The songs are cute and are not annoying as many kid CDs are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2004

    Kids love to dance to this one!

    My kids are 2 and 3 1/2. They always ask for me to put this CD on and we all enjoy it. The tunes are really catchy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004


    This book and CD are wonderful! My girls, ages one, four and six, LOVE it. We listen to it in the car and they look at the pictures as they hear the songs. The songs are very cute...and my older girls now know all the words so they love to sing along.

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