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by Jon Agee & illustrated by Jon Agee

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-545-29441-6
Publisher: Michael di Capua/Scholastic

What can a pet rhinoceros do? Not a lot, unless it has hidden talents.

A boy looks in the window of an exotic pet store, enters the shop and chooses a rhinoceros. He’s a nice quiet pet and doesn't cause any problems, but he doesn’t do any regular pet things, either. No rolling over or fetching. According to an expert, he should be able to pop balloons and poke holes in kites, but a test run in the park is a dud. Did the boy get a lemon? Should he trade him in for a hippo? A series of mad events follows, in which robbers flee the scene of the crime in, you guessed it, balloons and kites, and our hero rhino saves the day. This special pet can fly, too!  An improbable tale for sure, but Agee strikes just the right note. He tells it with an absolutely straight face in simple unadorned language that will have readers laughing out loud at the antics. The clever format begins the action before the title page, in a silent prelude to the narration. The heavily outlined cartoons are sharp and brightly colored and sprawl across the pages in perfect harmony with the text. Young readers might very well ask for a pet rhino of their own.

Lighthearted fun as a read-aloud or read-alone. (Picture book. 3-7)