Whiny Whiny Rhino by McBoop

Source: Blue Blanket Publishing and iRead Book Tours
Paperback, 34 pages
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Whiny Whiny Rhino by McBoop, the father-daughter team of Carmin Iadonisi & Amanda Iadonisi-Word, is a vividly illustrated book about overcoming your fears by looking inside and taking a leap for fun.  Tiny Rhino has three older brothers, and they are rough and tough, often telling Tiny that he’s too whiny and scared all of the time.  They say that he needs to be tough to make it out in the world.  He would rather stay inside and read, but one day, he decides he’s had enough of his brothers’ teasing and leaves the house.  Rather than jump at the opportunities presented to him by his friends, Tiny stays away from all the fun.  When he’s in bed thinking about his day and how much fun he didn’t have, Tiny comes to a realization that he needs to be more adventurous.

My daughter was captivated by the vivid images and the fun Tiny encountered.  Her favorite pictures were Tiny’s injured foot and when he’s in bed dreaming about becoming a superhero with a cape.  With easy rhymes, my child followed the story with little confusion and she wasn’t easily distracted from the story as we read and looked at all the pictures.  Whiny Whiny Rhino by McBoop, the father-daughter team of Carmin Iadonisi & Amanda Iadonisi-Word, is about taking a chance, letting go of anxieties, and take life one experience at a time.  These are good lessons for kids to learn, especially as most everything they encounter is new to them.

About the Authors:

McBoop is the creative team of Carmin Iadonisi & Amanda Iadonisi-Word. This father-daughter duo co-wrote and illustrated Whiny Whiny Rhino. They currently live in New England where they enjoy making art, reading comics, playing board games, eating fancy chocolate and whining about the weather.  Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and through their Website.

64th book for 2014 New Author Reading Challenge.

Mailbox Monday #288

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Also, each week, Leslie, Vicki, and I will share the Books that Caught Our Eye from everyone’s weekly links.

Here’s what I received:

1.  Whiny Whiny Rhino by Carmin Iadonisi & Amanda Iadonisi-Word (McBoop) for review with IRead Book Tours.

Can Tiny Tiny Rhino have a fun day?
Or will all of his whining get in the way?

If you’ve ever been worried to try something new,
then Whiny Whiny Rhino is the book for you!

The story’s message is like the Mark Twain quote, “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” We all get apprehensive when encountering new experiences and this often leads us to avoid ever trying anything new. Just having a little courage to try new things can often lead to a much more exciting and enriching life.

2.  The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy from the library sale.

As World War II draws closer and closer to Guernsey, Vivienne de la Mare knows that there will be sacrifices to be made. Not just for herself, but for her two young daughters and for her mother-in-law, for whom she cares while her husband is away fighting. What she does not expect is that she will fall in love with one of the enigmatic German soldiers who take up residence in the house next door to her home. As their relationship intensifies, so do the pressures on Vivienne. Food and resources grow scant, and the restrictions placed upon the residents of the island grow with each passing week. Though Vivienne knows the perils of her love affair with Gunther, she believes that she can keep their relationship and her family safe. But when she becomes aware of the full brutality of the Occupation, she must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger.

3.  Buddha in a Birdcage and Other Poems by Betty Oliver from the library sale.

Twenty-eight poems by the late Betty Oliver and a selection of images of her artwork. From the introduction: “The poems in this collection explore her childhood in Virginia and her life in New York. From dairy farming and childhood trauma to the Dalai Lama and the Buddha to her own illness, she looks at the human spirit and the natural world in a way that is both irreverent and profoundly sacred at the same time.”

4. The Very Little Leprechaun Tale by Yvonne Carroll, illustrated by Jacqueline East from the library sale.

The wee little man who lives in this book makes the perfect gift for lads and lasses of any age. This beautifully illustrated board book tells the whimsical story of how a little leprechaun protects the secret of his pot oi gold. Saving the best for last, literally, the book houses a plush leprechaun toy that may be removed after turning the final page.

5. Cops and Robots by Zina Saunders from the library sale.

Bad Bots Pablo and Tasha plan to reprogram all the robots in the galaxy from good to bad. Will the space police — Officer Uniqua and Sergeant Tyrone — be able to stop them? Peek under the flaps to see what happens in this cosmic adventure!




6. Just Keep Swimming by Melissa Lagonegro, illustrated by Atelier Philippe Harchy from the library sale.

Nemo joins the school swim team, but he is a little worried that his bad little fin will slow him down. When Dory encourages him to just keep swimming, Nemo learns that he can do anything he puts his mind and fin to. Can Nemo win the first-place prize in his swim meet? Find out in this Step 1, featuring characters from the hit film, Finding Nemo.


7. Happy Birthday Princess! by Jennifer Weinberg, illustrated by Elisa Marrucchi from the library sale.

It’s a royal celebration for Rapunzel, Tiana, Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine, and Aurora as they celebrate their birthdays! Featuring all eight Disney princesses, this Step 1 reader will make the perfect birthday gift for girls ages 4 to 6.


8. Silly Milly by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott from the library sale.

A Level 1 easy reader with a great title, great game, and great illustrator!

This delightful, rhyming easy reader is one big riddle. Miss Milly likes green but not red, butter but not bread, seeds but not flowers, and umbrellas but not showers.

Readers are invited to guess why Miss Milly likes what she does. The answer? She likes double letters!


9. Turkey Day by Grace Maccarone, illustrated by John Manders from the library sale.

A family of turkeys gathers from near and far to celebrate their special day! An easy-to-read rhyming story from bestselling author Grace Maccarone with humorous illustrations by John Manders.




10. Scaredy Mouse by Alan Macdonald, illustrated by Tim Warnes from the library sale.

Squeak is very afraid of the ginger cat, but the lure of chocolate cake brings him out of his hole.




11. Little Mouse and the Big Red Apple by A.H. Benjamin, illustrated by Gwyneth Williamson from the library sale.

Little Mouse finds a big red apple, but he doesn’t want to share it with his friends. This is a colorful story of friendship and sharing.


12. Mickey Mouse Barn Dance from the library sale.

This vintage storybook contains a wonderful rhyming tale, illustrated with original 1930s artwork. Mickey and Minnie are throwing a barn dance for all their friends. Old and New Disney fans alike will be ‘all ears’ for this delightful, vintage tale.



What did you receive?