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Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?

Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?


Book Overview: Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?

From New York Times bestselling author Shel Silverstein, acclaimed creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic, and Falling Up, comes a boy's tribute to a perfectly unexpected pet: a rhinoceros.

In this cherished classic, published for the first time at HarperCollins, Silverstein delivers a hilarious look at the joys of having a rhinoceros as your friend, with his signature humor and black-and-white artwork.

Generations have grown up with the works of Shel Silverstein, known not only as a poet and illustrator, but also for his work as a cartoonist, playwright, performer, recording artist, and Grammy Award-winning songwriter. With the timeless magic of his work, Shel Silverstein has encouraged children to dream and dare to imagine the impossible with his extraordinary poetry and unforgettable characters.

Need a pet? What's the best kind to get?

A dog, a cat, a frog, a rat?

How about a cheap rhinoceros?

He's funny and sweet and loyal as they come.

He's huggable and lovable.

So who wants a cheap rhinoceros?

Maybe you!

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Shel Silverstein, an iconic American author, is celebrated for his profound and enduring contributions to children's literature, songwriting, and poetic creativity. Born on September 25, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, Silverstein's talent began to blossom during his teenage years. After a stint in the military, Silverstein's idiosyncratic cartoons caught the eye of Hugh Hefner, landing him a gig as a cartoonist for Playboy Magazine, a fruitful collaboration that lasted over 40 years and kickstarted his multifaceted career. Silverstein's profound literary impact is best embodied in his profound children's books, most notably "The Giving Tree" and "Where the Sidewalk Ends." His unique blend of whimsy, humor, and sagacity, delivered in non-traditional, free verse rhythms, has charmed generations, encouraging young readers to explore their imaginations against the grain of conventional storytelling norms. A gifted and sensitive author, he used the platform of children's literature to convey deeper, often philosophical messages, and his books have been translated into more than 30 languages. In addition to his literary achievements, Silverstein was an established musician and songwriter, penning hit songs for a number of well-known artists such as Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn. Silverstein, who passed away in May 1999, left behind an extraordinary legacy that transcends genres and generations. His impact on literature, music, and art continues to inspire and entertain, making him an undeniable treasure in American creative history.


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