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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Do You Know The Rhinoceros? Written by Alain M. Bergeron, Michel Quintin, and Sampar. Illustrated by Sampar. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2015. $9.95 ages 8 and up

"You took your bath
before going to
sleep? What were
you thinking?

Rhinoceros bathe in
mud in order to cool
off and also to protect
themselves from bug

If you are a fan of this series, I need tell you nothing more about them. If you haven't seen any of the previous editions, you are missing out - and so are your kids. They are too funny for words, low cost, and written for those who love to learn about the world's animals. Other books in the series focus on Toads, Chameleons, Spiders, Leeches, Crocodiles, Rats, Crows, Hyenas, Porcupines, Praying Mantises, Dinosaurs and Komodo Dragons. They are brilliant, a huge hit with early and middle years readers, and absolutely worth your attention and the money you will spend to get them into eager hands.

The graphic art and speech bubbles hold strong appeal for the intended audience and have me laughing out loud. A double page spread shows a taxi driver standing outside his cab and pointing in the direction he would like the rhino, who is scrunched into the back seat of said taxi with his horn sticking through the roof, to go. The captions reads:

"I don't care about your
record. Get out of my
taxi right now."

The information concerning the rhinoceros is placed at the bottom in a clear white box, explaining:

"The record for the longest horn is held by a white rhinoceros. It's horn was 1.66 metres (5.4 feet) long. By comparison, that's the height of the average woman."

Great information, an apt comparison and quick-witted dialogue. What more can we ask? Also published at the same time is Do You Know Tigers?

Don't miss them!

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