Friday, June 29, 2012
by Jon Agee
Scholastic, 2012. Unpaged. Picture Book.
"When I bought my rhinoceros," says the hero of this delightful picture book, "I didn't really know what I was getting into." What he got into was a pet who was nice--and quiet. Didn't run away or bark all night. But he also wouldn't chase a ball, a stick, or a frisbee, roll over, or play dead. A local rhinoceros expert reveals that the only thing a rhinoceros will do is pop balloons or pierce kites with his horn, making the young man and his friend a hazard at the park. Had he bought a clunker of a pet? He thinks so, until the BANK ROBBERY, when one crook tries to escape by balloon and another by hang glider and the rhino springs into action. So the rhinoceros turns out to be a terrific pet after all, for another even better reason than that he can pop balloons and ravage kites.