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Being Rude.... It's not big and It's not clever!
Really Rude Rhino - Jeanne Willis
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Really Rude Rhino - Jeanne Willis
Advantages: A starting point for discussing manners & politeness with children. Humorous element for children.
Disadvantages: Young children may find the rhino so funny that they begin to copy his rudeness!
Having a couple of 'rude' children in my Year 2 class, I searched high and low for a short story that would deal with rudeness and the importance of being polite and well-mannered.
I came across this book and the title suggested the appropriateness of this for a short PSHE circle time session but I was not totally overwhelmed by it...........more on this later!
- The author, Jeanne Willis -
Jeanne Willis is a prolific writer of children's picture books and books for older, independent readers. She has also written for television and video companies.
Other books by this author include:
* Dozy Mare
* Stephanie Smiled
* Brought up by Teddybears
- The illustrator, Tony Ross -
Tony Ross went to Liverpool's School of Art and is a prolific writer and illustrator of children's picture books. He has illustrated for many authors such as Roald Dahl and Michael Palin.
The books listed below all deal with social and emotional areas of childhood learning and are a great resource to use with children dealing with any of the issues:
I want my Mum
I want a sister
I want my dinner
I don't want to wash my hands
I want to be .....
I have to admit that I got this book from the library on the basis of Tony Ross' name on the front as I have always been pleased with his picture books, having never come across any of Jeane Willis' books.
The two have however combined on other works for children, the Dr Xargle books.
- The Really Rude Rhino -
This is about a rhino that is ever so rude from the day he was born, forever blowing raspberries and sticking his tongue out at all of his family and even daring to be rude to his grandma, his teacher, the Queen and EVEN Santa Claus!
On each ocassion that someone asked him something he thought it funny to go 'pthhhhhhhhh! A tad tiresome and annoying from my point of view.
Everyone said that he would grow out of it but he didn't so his Mum took him to the doctor where he was diagnosed as having 'Ruditis Rhinoceritis' for which there was absolutely no cure!
Or so the doctor thought, until............just after his 5th birthday the annoying little menace sets off on his own despite the warning from his Mum, not to go down to the waterhole.
Ignoring his Mum he ventures down to the waterhole and spotted a girl eating a watermelon very politely. The rhino charged at the girl wanting to scare her and get the watermelon for himself.
However he is stopped mid-charge by the little girl going, 'pthhhhhhhhh!' at him and blowing a huge raspberry. He ran all the way back home and was never rude to anyone again!
~ Ilustrations ~
I have always enjoyed Tony Ross' illustrations and this is no exception. He captures the sheer rudeness and obnoxiousness of the little rhino as he blows raspberries and even bares his bum....... terribly rude!
The illustrations are sometimes cartoon-like and have a chalkiness to them. Rich colours appeal to young children.
~ My Verdict ~
I have usually found that books featuring animals appeal to children and this is no exception.
The children I have read this to love the naughtiness and daring of the rhino and it has been a good conversation point. However it is important to point out to the children that this really isn't the behaviour that pleasant little boys and girls should aim to copy.
Nonetheless, the children enjoy the fun element of it and enjoy blowing the raspberries with the rhino, as long as they are made aware that this is only acceptable when joining in with the book and certainly no bare bums!
There is a little moral to the story, in terms of not being rude but the rhino only learns his lesson when the girl blows a raspberry back at him, which in my experience wouldn't scare such an annoying and strong-willed little rhino or child!
- Price -
The paperback retails at £5.99 and the hardcover at £10.99.
I certainly wouldn't persuade you to part with your cash at full price for this book but amazon are selling paperbacks from £1.84 and hardcovers from £3.92
Better still, take a trip to your local library to see if you like it. It certainly isn't one of my favourite children's books but it's adequate!
Summary: An average children's picture book.
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