Three little rhinos are having trouble getting along as Mama tries to coax them through the evening routine. Will they fidget, fuss, and fight right up until bedtime? Or will their Mama’s love help them find some common ground? Victoria Allenby and Tara Anderson, the award-winning author-illustrator team behind Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That, return with a lively story that will warm the heart of any frazzled parent. Children will find mischievous delight in the young rhinos’ misbehaviour, told in bouncing rhyme and energetic illustrations that blend true rhino form with an imaginative setting. And ultimately they, like the rhino siblings, may be inspired to acknowledge and reward their parents’ patient love.
This is definitely a book all moms can understand. Being a mom is tough work, being a mom is tiring, but we all think our little ones are the best ever!
This selection will certainly strike a familiar chord with squabbling siblings and their frazzled parents...
This romp of a picture book for very young audiences begs to be read aloud. The plot is fairly simple: a trio of squabbling rhino siblings can’t quite manage to get ready for bed, despite poor, exhausted Mama’s best efforts. Familiar bedtime activities, including finishing dinner, taking a bath, and brushing teeth involve pushing, bumping, butting, biting—and Mama’s exasperated interventions. Goodnight stories and songs calm things down a bit, and the action ends with a big group hug for Mama and (almost) everybody falling sound asleep. The rhyming text incorporates numerous exclamations and sound effects. Adult readers should be prepared to harrumph, gripe, snipe, grumble, and roar. The pencil-and-crayon illustrations do an effective job of conveying the mayhem, and the facial expressions add to the general hilarity. While this would be a great choice for library storytime, it’s not really recommended for bedtime—most young readers will be way too riled up.
This is an action packed story...told in rhyme that flows nicely and the illustrations capture the energy that the rhinos have....Children ages, 3-6 will understand the humor and will be able to empathize with the exhausted mother.
Tara Anderson's folksy pencil crayon and acrylic illustrations show the squabbling siblings in all of their mischievous glory. They butt heads, overturn chairs, and snap towels at each other. Mama Rhino, bedecked in a pearl necklace and hoop earrings, keeps her composure throughout the turmoil. Victoria Allenby's zippy verse is full of repetition, and fun sound words like "Fidget fuss frump", "Huff harrumph" and "Grump grumble Bump-a-rump". Rhino Rumpus is a rollicking read-aloud and a great choice for toddler storytimes.
Thanks to its bubbly rhythm, Rhino Rumpus is a great candidate for story time with toddlers. The energetic language and rhymes are made to be read aloud and the illustrations are equally as exciting and expressive. Preschoolers with siblings (or parents with rambunctious little rhinos of their own) will relate to this story and have a lot of fun reading together.
The fun story is replete with lovely, large-size drawings of young rhinos at play: the very young picture book readers will relish these lively images and the very easy read.
The text is perfect for toddlers who will delight in its simplicity and sounds....Tara Anderson...animates the text with her coloured pencil illustrations that convey exuberance, joy, mischief and affection with each stroke.