Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Children's Book Review THE REALLY RUDE RHINO

HEALTHY BOOKS catalogs and categorizes books for children.

The Really Rude Rhino 
BY Willis, Jeanne and Ross, Tony
Published by Andersen Press, 2006

The subject matter addressed in this book is Behavioral Problems including Manners.  It is recommended for children ages 3 and up BUT I would not recommend this book for adults.

I posted the cover illustration of this book on one of my blog posts a couple years ago and was nearly removed as a deacon in my church.  Leadership thought the picture was "unbecoming a deacon" and grounds for my dismissal.

So I will NOT post the illustration here.  You will have to go to the Healthy Books site yourself to see the highly objectionable cover.

Following is a brief description of the book's content.

The Really Rude Rhino is rude from the day he is born. He sticks out his tongue and goes 'pthhhhhh!' and he does it to everyone - his parents, his brothers and sisters, his teachers, even Santa Claus. He 'moons' too, and when his horrified parents take him to the doctor, the doctor announces he has Ruditis Rhinoceritis and there is no cure. Oh dear. But he gets his come-uppance in the form of a little girl eating water melon, who, when he charges at her, sticks out her tongue and shouts 'pthhhhhh!' even louder than he can. The RRR turns tail and runs and is never rude again. Kids and their parents will love the zany art work, which even manages to give a feel of the African plains, and they may even decide that being rude isn't worth the effort. Good fun!


Daisy said...

Gee whiz, it isn't like it was a picture of YOU mooning someone. Were you pointing that illustration at someone? LOL. Too funny.

Ralph M. Petersen-Always Right; Sometimes Wrong! said...


No I wasn't "pointing" it at anyone in particular. Anyone who has been following my blog knows that I try to find fun rhino illustrations for all my posts. I used this one on a post about youth ministry silliness because the low pants is so common among silly (and rude) young people these days.

Actually, a few weeks after I was compelled to remove it, I put it back so it still appears here: