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Sunday 25 January 2015

Review: Rita's Rhino

Rita is desperate to have a pet, but her mother really isn't keen. After all, pets are stinky, greedy things that require taking for walks and cleaning up after. But when Rita agrees to take on all the responsibility of caring for a pet, her mother relents — Rita can have a pet flea!

The flea, however, isn't such a success, as Rita can't even see it. The tadpole isn't a hit either. But the rhino from the local zoo, who just happens to come home with Rita one day, is absolutely perfect!

Sure, it's a bit of a struggle fitting him in the lift up to Rita's apartment. And his taste for expensive grass from Africa soon empties Rita's purse. And then there's all his poo to dispose of. But, other than that, things couldn't have worked out better.

Until, that is, Rita takes him to school and the other kids think he's a bouncy castle. Pet ownership isn't always easy …

This is a simply wonderful picture book. I haven't seen the topic of 'pet ownership' addressed with so much humour and in such a delightfully original way in a long time. Tony Ross has illustrated over 800 books and is an absolute master at bringing characters and stories to life; Rita's Rhino is no exception. If you have a pet or have a child who wants one, this is the perfect book. But even if you don't, I'd still recommend it.

Title: Rita's Rhino
Author/Illustrator: Tony Ross
Publisher: Koala Books, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: December 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781742761183
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book