Rhino Rumpus

illus. by Tara Anderson. 24p. Pajama. Nov. 2016. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781927485965.
Toddler-PreS—Three rambunctious little rhinos wreak havoc while their mother tries to coax them through their bedtime routine. They tussle, fight, grunt, and bite—while poor Mama becomes more and more despondent and frustrated. But don't worry—(spoiler alert!) all's well that ends well, with Mama on the receiving end of a gigantic rhino hug! Allenby's jazzy verse tries to evoke a rollicking tone but occasionally seems forced, with some stilted lines: "Here's a kiss and here's a song—/Ohhh, from your hooves to the tip of your horn/Ohhh, I've loved you since the day you were born/And when you wake,/please get along!" Meanwhile, Anderson's pencil and crayon illustrations attempt this same playfulness, but the rhinos' mouths and bodies often appear slightly stretched or contorted, resulting in some strange-looking characters.
VERDICT This selection will certainly strike a familiar chord with squabbling siblings and their frazzled parents and fans of Anna Dewdney and Sandra Boynton, but more charming rhyming stories abound.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing