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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, rhin 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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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, rhin 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!

30 review for My Rhinoceros

  1. 5 out of 5

    David

    My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee is a hilarious look at pets, expectations, first impressions, and surprises. A young boy buys a rhinoceros with expectations of exciting times. His rhinocerous was a nice, quiet, shy animal who wouldn't fetch a ball, stick, or frisbee. He wouldn't roll over or do anything. Calling in a rhinoceros expert, the boy learns that rhinos only do two things: pop balloons and poke holes in kites. But when he takes his pet to the park, his rhino ignores the balloons and kites. Th My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee is a hilarious look at pets, expectations, first impressions, and surprises. A young boy buys a rhinoceros with expectations of exciting times. His rhinocerous was a nice, quiet, shy animal who wouldn't fetch a ball, stick, or frisbee. He wouldn't roll over or do anything. Calling in a rhinoceros expert, the boy learns that rhinos only do two things: pop balloons and poke holes in kites. But when he takes his pet to the park, his rhino ignores the balloons and kites. The boy begins to have buyer's remorse - is his pet a clunker? On the way home, the boy observes a bank robbery with two robbers escaping, in a hot air balloon and a kite. The boy gives the commands to pop and poke, and his rhino leaps into action to foil the robbery! Congratulated on his rhino's abilities, the boy takes advantage of his rhino's other surprising skill: he can FLY! The text is printed in large bold type making this a good beginning or transitional reader. There is a lot of word repetition. The outrageous story flows well. The last sentence summarizes the story perfectly. The illustrations lift this story to the next level. Agee's bold, outlined pictures are appealing. Agee, like Mo Willems, can really evoke emotion with a few lines, especially in the eyes of the rhinoceros. The pictures really bring out the wry humor of the text. The picture of the rhino in the park smelling the flowers made me think of my childhood favorite The Story of Ferdinand. Among my favorite images are those of the boy imagining his rhino attacking the balloon man's balloons, and the kite of a girl. I also enjoyed the rhino in action, the rhino smelling flowers in the park among active dogs, and the crowd watching the boy and his rhinoeros from below. I really love this book and its wry and ridiculous humor. Agee is able to really focus the reader on the action. He also addresses, in a fun way, expectations, first impressions, and the pleasant surprises of pet ownership. I think this would be a great read-aloud and a hit at storytime. I highly recommend this for school and public library collections. For ages 3 to 8, pets, rhinoceros, expectations, first impressions, humor, fantasy, and fans of Jon Agee.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was supper weird,but I liked it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    What would it be like to have a rhinoceros as a pet? As it turns out, it might be pretty boring. The rhino just stands there...he doesn't chase balls or play fetch or roll over. But then again, maybe it won't be so boring after all... What would it be like to have a rhinoceros as a pet? As it turns out, it might be pretty boring. The rhino just stands there...he doesn't chase balls or play fetch or roll over. But then again, maybe it won't be so boring after all...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sharni

    magical realism in the form of a flying elephant who foils bank robberies. unexpected!

  5. 4 out of 5

    talia

    A boy gets a rhinoceros from the exotic pet store only to discover that it doesn’t really DO anything...or does it?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    When a boy buys a rhinocerous as a pet, he is disappointed because it doesn't do anything. It won't fetch a ball, a stick, or a frisbee, or do anything of the cool things most pets do. When an animal expert tells him that it's normal for a rhinocerous to avoid all those activities since all rhinos do is pop balloons and poke holes in kites, the boy grows excited by the possibilities. But still, nothing happens. That is, until the day two robbers use a kite and a balloon to escape the crime scene When a boy buys a rhinocerous as a pet, he is disappointed because it doesn't do anything. It won't fetch a ball, a stick, or a frisbee, or do anything of the cool things most pets do. When an animal expert tells him that it's normal for a rhinocerous to avoid all those activities since all rhinos do is pop balloons and poke holes in kites, the boy grows excited by the possibilities. But still, nothing happens. That is, until the day two robbers use a kite and a balloon to escape the crime scene. The rhinocerous leaps into the air at the boy's urging, popping, poking, and flying, to the boy's amazement. It turns out the rhino is exactly the kind of animal companion for which he's been looking. The soft illustrations show the placid rhinocerous as he waits until the boy realizes just what he has in his new friend. It's all great fun, but the story also has a worthy message concerning not going by first impressions.

  7. 4 out of 5

    The Library Lady

    I was appalled to see a quote by Maurice Sendak on the back saying "every kid will love it". Has Sendak forgotten what he said in an interview years ago,what I've quoted to many a parent? Not every book is right for every child. Some kids will like this. Some will hate it. It's nice enough, but a "masterpiece"? Or, as they'd have said in Sendak's Brooklyn neighborhood and my Bronx one: "It's good. But it's not THAT good." P.S. Sendak also pointed out that kids don't care how many awards a book has won I was appalled to see a quote by Maurice Sendak on the back saying "every kid will love it". Has Sendak forgotten what he said in an interview years ago,what I've quoted to many a parent? Not every book is right for every child. Some kids will like this. Some will hate it. It's nice enough, but a "masterpiece"? Or, as they'd have said in Sendak's Brooklyn neighborhood and my Bronx one: "It's good. But it's not THAT good." P.S. Sendak also pointed out that kids don't care how many awards a book has won. If they like it they like it,if they don't they don't. A good rule of thumb before picking your kid's books based on Caldecott Medals or such.........

  8. 4 out of 5

    paula

    A rhinoceros might seem like an awesome pet. Until you learn that a rhinoceros will not fetch a stick nor a ball, will not catch a Frisbee or roll over. If one had purchased a rhinoceros as a pet, one might in fact become a bit disappointed at one's rhinoceros's lack of verve. That is, until your rhinoceros employs the two skills native to all rhinoceroses in an unexpected way - and then demonstrates a third skill not at all common. Full review at Pink Me: http://pinkme.typepad.com/pink-me/201... A rhinoceros might seem like an awesome pet. Until you learn that a rhinoceros will not fetch a stick nor a ball, will not catch a Frisbee or roll over. If one had purchased a rhinoceros as a pet, one might in fact become a bit disappointed at one's rhinoceros's lack of verve. That is, until your rhinoceros employs the two skills native to all rhinoceroses in an unexpected way - and then demonstrates a third skill not at all common. Full review at Pink Me: http://pinkme.typepad.com/pink-me/201...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    OK, at first I thought this book was just average, not very interesting. But when I got to the ending I was chuckling and then laughing out loud. I do think it will tickle little kids who like the absurd ending. It also may be fun for a new reader to try, with its simple, large text. I want to see how our 1st graders react.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. OK, this had me until the very last reveal, at which point it lost me completely! A Poking/Popping Rhinoceros is totally special enough. Did NOT need it to fly as well!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Can't rate - I'm not feeling it, but I do believe the fault is in me, not the book. I can do absurd sometimes, but not here. Can't rate - I'm not feeling it, but I do believe the fault is in me, not the book. I can do absurd sometimes, but not here.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    "Rhinoceroses only do two things. Pop balloons and poke holes in kites." At first these traits are seen as negative, but become positive by the end of the book. Great illustrations! "Rhinoceroses only do two things. Pop balloons and poke holes in kites." At first these traits are seen as negative, but become positive by the end of the book. Great illustrations!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This is a neat story about a boy who has a rhinoceros as a pet, and finds out what it can and cannot do. It's very fun and silly. This is a neat story about a boy who has a rhinoceros as a pet, and finds out what it can and cannot do. It's very fun and silly.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarelle

    I laughed out loud again, the second time reading this cute book, so I upgraded my rating to 5 stars. Adorable book

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tara Schloetter

    A boy goes to an exotic pets store and decides to buy a rhinoceros. The boy does not know much about rhinoceroses, and he is disappointed when the rhinoceros does not chase a ball, a stick, or a frisbee. The boy even calls a rhinoceros expert, who tells him, “‘Rhinoceroses only do two things. Pop balloons and poke holes in kites.’” The pet rhinoceros wouldn’t even do these two activities, until the little boy and the rhinoceros saw a robbery happening, and the robbers were getting away by flying A boy goes to an exotic pets store and decides to buy a rhinoceros. The boy does not know much about rhinoceroses, and he is disappointed when the rhinoceros does not chase a ball, a stick, or a frisbee. The boy even calls a rhinoceros expert, who tells him, “‘Rhinoceroses only do two things. Pop balloons and poke holes in kites.’” The pet rhinoceros wouldn’t even do these two activities, until the little boy and the rhinoceros saw a robbery happening, and the robbers were getting away by flying away in a balloon and a kite—this is when the rhinoceros comes to the rescue. This would be a fun book to use as a read aloud for young children, and it has simple and colorful illustrations. However, this plot was not the most interesting to me, and the ending seemed somewhat abrupt and did not have a great conclusion. I would use this book with very young readers, however, it might not hold much interest for older elementary children.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Jones

    The children's books of John Agee are simultaneously familiar and strange; comforting and off-putting. As such, they are perfect for the hungry mind. They are safe but they are also kind of exciting. How does Agee accomplish this remarkable feat? For one thing he employs a narrative voice that implies that the reader already understands what the book is trying to say - he speaks to us like he's our friend. He gets us on his side, then once we give him our trust he shows us something remarkable; a The children's books of John Agee are simultaneously familiar and strange; comforting and off-putting. As such, they are perfect for the hungry mind. They are safe but they are also kind of exciting. How does Agee accomplish this remarkable feat? For one thing he employs a narrative voice that implies that the reader already understands what the book is trying to say - he speaks to us like he's our friend. He gets us on his side, then once we give him our trust he shows us something remarkable; a flight of imagination wrapped up in the trappings of the every day (the old-school illustration anchor us in the world of the familiar). In short, he uses magic. My two favourite Agee books are this one and Lion Lessons. Both are suitable for story times, but have enough little in-jokes in the illustrations that kids will also want to pour over them on their own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Devin Lenzi

    This story is about a boy who buys a rhinoceros and tries to have it do tricks like a dog would but it won't do any of those tricks so he called in a rhino expert and they said he only pops balloons and pokes holes in kites but they go to the park and he won't do either of those tell they see a couple robbers on the way home and he saves the day by catching them. This book is fun for very early readers and it has great artwork that really makes the story pop out at you. I would recommend this boo This story is about a boy who buys a rhinoceros and tries to have it do tricks like a dog would but it won't do any of those tricks so he called in a rhino expert and they said he only pops balloons and pokes holes in kites but they go to the park and he won't do either of those tell they see a couple robbers on the way home and he saves the day by catching them. This book is fun for very early readers and it has great artwork that really makes the story pop out at you. I would recommend this book for a kindergarten or preschool class.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Graham

    Jon Agee's pictures have perfect comic timing and the kind of unassuming silliness that entertains both parents and kiddos. I would recommend this purely on the grounds of the rhino's expressions, even if it weren't otherwise great--which, by the way, it is. My 2.5 year old loves pointing out the rhinoceros the balloons; I'm looking forward to revisiting it in a year or so when the humor hits home as well. Jon Agee's pictures have perfect comic timing and the kind of unassuming silliness that entertains both parents and kiddos. I would recommend this purely on the grounds of the rhino's expressions, even if it weren't otherwise great--which, by the way, it is. My 2.5 year old loves pointing out the rhinoceros the balloons; I'm looking forward to revisiting it in a year or so when the humor hits home as well.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Dixon

    It seemed to me that Ivy could relate to the disappointment the child in this book felt when the much longed-for rhinoceros didn't do anything - nothing exciting, nothing interesting, pretty much nothing at all. She had that squirmy look on her that you get when you don't want to upset anyone but you really don't like the present they gave you. So the delight was genuine when .... spoiler alert! We loved this book. It seemed to me that Ivy could relate to the disappointment the child in this book felt when the much longed-for rhinoceros didn't do anything - nothing exciting, nothing interesting, pretty much nothing at all. She had that squirmy look on her that you get when you don't want to upset anyone but you really don't like the present they gave you. So the delight was genuine when .... spoiler alert! We loved this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    W. Mike

    Jon Agee has a way of doing good feeling on the why questions. Like why a rhino? His illustrations are some of the best ive seen. Its a large book and for a large animal like a rhino...it should be! Recommended for kids.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Holmes

    Featured in The Ultimate List of the Best Picture Books, Endorsed by Kids And Parents. This story makes no logical sense at first, but the absurdity is what makes it awesome. Your kids will giggle, and so will you. Featured in The Ultimate List of the Best Picture Books, Endorsed by Kids And Parents. This story makes no logical sense at first, but the absurdity is what makes it awesome. Your kids will giggle, and so will you.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Another funny book by Jon Agee

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rudra

    Look. This is the greatest book about product design ever. I'm not even a little bit kidding. Look. This is the greatest book about product design ever. I'm not even a little bit kidding.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Diana C. Kobylak

    This is an endearing book about possibilities. When we allow and give space for others to be who they are, in this case, the rhinoceros, we can discover their genius.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mely

    simple, cute, imaginative story of a boy and his rhinoceros

  26. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Fun!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A funny book about a boy who gets a rhino as a pet and tries to figure out if the rhino doesn't fetch or do other "normal" pet things, what can he do? The short of it is: fly. A funny book about a boy who gets a rhino as a pet and tries to figure out if the rhino doesn't fetch or do other "normal" pet things, what can he do? The short of it is: fly.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Liz Todd

    This would be a fun read aloud!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Molly Cluff (Library!)

    The bizarre ending of this book struck me as so hilarious. Haha, it must have been the perfect day for me to read it. I thought it was awesome.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I love a rhinoceros that can save the day! Another winner from Agee, and perfect for preschool and older.

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