We are having a bit of a rhino picture book theme at our house at the moment, so I thought I would share some of our favourites with you. Here are 8 fabulous picture books about Rhinoceros:
Rhino? What Rhino?
Rhino is bored and lonely in the zoo, so he decides to escape and leaves a trail of mess and destruction. The poor farm animals end up being blamed for his mess. When they try to explain that it was a rhino, no one believes them. The animals soon get fed up with being blamed for the rhino's bad manners and they decide to teach him a lesson or two!
This lovely rhyming story is a pleasure to read aloud and the illustrations are bright and fabulously quirky.
Title: Rhino? What Rhino?
Author: Caryl Hart
Illustrator: Sarah Horne
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Publication Date: 2010
Rita desperately wants a pet of her own but her mum will only let her get a small pet, like a flea or even a frog. This will not do at all! Rita wants a REAL pet so she goes to the zoo to find a herself one. That's when she meets the rhinoceros and soon the rhino is going home with Rita. It's not long until Rita finds out that having a rhino as a pet is not as easy as she thought.
This is a truly funny story about the challenges and responsibility of pet ownership and the importance of choosing the right pet for your family. Full of silliness and fun, you will be laughing all the way through this book
Title: Rita's Rhino
Author/Illustrator: Tony Ross
Publisher: Koala Books
Publication Date: December 2014
Rhino Neil lives with lots of different animals in the safari zoo, but he is a very lonely rhinoceros. Neil is so big that all the other animals are frightened of him and stay away. One day a big truck arrives at the zoo and an even bigger animal called Tuscany moves into the zoo. While all the other animals run away from the new resident, Neil stays and finally makes a friend.
Rhino Neil is a lovely picture book with an important message about differences, intolerance and friendship. The illustrations are delightfully warm and the facial expressions of the animals are fabulous.
Title: Rhino Neil
Author/Illustrator: Mini Goss
Publisher: New Frontier Publishing
Publication Date: 2007
Rhinos Don't Eat Pancakes
Daisy sees something strange while eating her breakfast, a big purple rhinoceros. She tries to tell her mum and dad but they are way too busy to listen. Since they won't listen to her, Daisy starts talking to the rhino instead and they soon become good friends. Daisy's parents still don't believe there is a Rhino in the house, so they take her to the zoo to see a real rhino. When they arrive at the Rhino enclosure, they only find a poster saying the purple rhino is missing. Finally they realise that Daisy was telling the truth and rush home to see the Rhino.
A beautiful and funny story about friendship and a poignant reminder for parents to take the time to listen to their children. You never know what they are going to tell you. Ogilvie's illustrations are simply charming.
Title: Rhinos Don't Eat Pancakes
Author: Anna Kemp
Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 2011
All the animals are waiting for their bedtime story but King Lion has lost his voice and cannot read to them. Salamander can read, but he is too shy, so Rhinoceros volunteers. Rhinoceros doesn't really know anything about books or reading. So he seeks some advice from his friends. Unfortunately he takes this advice a little too literally and ends up in all sorts of preposterous situations. Finally Shy Salamander gets Rhinoceros' attention and helps him learn to read. Learning to read is a little tricky at first but it's not long before Rhinoceros gets the hang of it and realises that words are magic!
This is such a clever and very funny story about learning to read and it would be ideal for young children learning to read themselves.
Title: Preposterous Rhinoceros
Author: Tracy Gunaratnam
Illustrator: Marta Costa
Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing
Publication Date: January 2015
Chief Rhino to the Rescue
Chief Rhino is one of the bravest animals in Whoops-a-Daisy World. When he spots a fire, he knows it's time to save the day. He and his fire-fighting team rush to the fire, climb the ladder and spray the fire with water. Unfortunately the fire is not what they thought and it was just the flames of 100 candles on Great Granny Wrinkle's birthday cake. Chief Rhino has made a silly mistake but Great Granny Wrinkle reassures him and they all join the birthday party.
Chief Rhino To the Rescue is a picture book that has been on our bookshelf for a very long time and was very popular with James when he was younger and we all still enjoy reading it. The illustrations are bright and full of fabulous little details. One of my favourite things about this book are the endpapers, which includes a lovely letter to Chief Rhino from Great Granny Wrinkle. Just so adorable.
Title: Chief Rhino to the Rescue
Author/Illustrator: Sam Lloyd
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication Date: 2008
The Really Rude Rhino
Once there was a really rude rhino. He was rude from the day he was born and was rude from morning until night. While many animals said he would grow out of it, his mother began to worry and took him to the doctor. He was diagnosed with Ruditis Rhinoceritis, which unfortunately had no cure. However, just after his fifth birthday, Rhino went down to the waterhole, and what he found there shocked him so much that he ran all the way home. He was never rude to anyone every again.
This is a really fun story and, as you can imagine, the children love all the rude noises. The illustrations are hilarious too and are a perfect match to the story.
Title: The Really Rude Rhino
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Tony Ross
Publisher: Anderson Press
Publication Date: 2006
Rhino lives on the Great African Plain with the other animals. Rhino is very short sighted and runs after anything that moves and all the animals had to run to get out of his way. The animals were fed up with Rhino's behaviour, but it seemed like no one was prepared to challenge him. Finally little Tickbird challenged Rhino. If Tickbird won the challenge, Rhino would have to stop running and live on the stoney slopes. If Rhino won, he would "run and run even more".
At sunrise the next morning, the little Tickbird challenges Rhino with the help of three even smaller friends and wins! Rhino stomps off to live on the Stoney Slopes but Tickbird kindly goes with him on his back to always warn him of danger. So when Rhino wants to run at something that moves Tickbird gives Rhino a little peck which helps to calm Rhino down.
This is a lovely story about how the Rhino and Tickbird become friends. The illustrations of the African animals by Adrienne Kennaway are beautiful and full of bright colours. I especially like the end papers.
Title: Running Rhino
Author: Mwenye Hadithi
Illustrator: Adrienne Kennaway
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Publication Date: 2010
I hope you enjoyed our little collection of picture books featuring Rhinoceros. Have I missed any? Do you or your kids have a favourite Rhino book?
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