Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? by Shel…

Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? (1964)

by Shel Silverstein

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
4822521,353 (3.89)2



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 2 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 25 (next | show all)
Summary: This poem starts describing a very cute rhinoceros for sale. The rhinoceros is sweet, fat, and huggable and as quiet as a mouse. Then it goes on to describe all of the ways he could be useful around the house, such as eating bad report cards before your parents see them and being a perfect jump rope partner.

Personal Reactions: This is such a cute story with great illustrations. Some of the lines made me sad, like the line about the rhinoceros being good to yell at because of the picture of a crying rhinoceros. Shel Silverstein was a big part of my childhood and I liked reading this as an adult.

Classroom Extensions: 1. This could be incorporated with a lesson plan about Shel Silverstein.
2. I would have the kids write a journal entry about what animal they would love to have as a pet and how that animal would help them around the house.
3. I think this is an excellent addition to a lesson plan on poetry. ( )
  emcnally | Apr 16, 2016 |
Grades: Pre-3
Theme: Unusual pets
  creykellums | Apr 8, 2016 |
  ccsdss | Feb 24, 2016 |
This is a cute little book about if you had a rhinoceros for a pet. Shel Silverstein has quite the imagination of all the good and bad things you can do with a rhinoceros. His illustrations are essential into understanding each part of the text. I enjoyed this book very much. I found myself laughing at some of these ridiculous reasons for having a rhinoceros for a pet. ( )
  Sleco | Nov 2, 2015 |
24 months - picked this one up at Goodwill and wasn't sure about it but was hoping the author of The Giving Tree wouldn't disappoint. Olivia really enjoyed this book from the first read and has asked for it over and over. My first reaction was it's ok but not a book I could read over and over... well we've read it numerous times and it's growing on me. I'd give it a 3, Olivia would probably say a 4 but neither of us would want a cheap Rhinoceros in the house. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
Showing 1-5 of 25 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689851138, Hardcover)

Shel Silverstein

Who wants a cheap


Looking for a new pet? Bored with cats, dogs, goldfish, gerbils, and hamsters? How about a cheap rhinoceros?

Shel Silverstein's loving look at the joys of rhino ownership may convince you to be the one lucky kid to take home this very, very unusual pet.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:05 -0400)

(see all 2 descriptions)

There are lots of things a rhinoceros can do around one's house, including eating bad report cards before one's parents see them, tiptoeing downstairs for a midnight snack, and collecting extra allowance.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
194 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (3.89)
1 2
1.5 1
2 2
3 16
3.5 5
4 22
4.5 2
5 22

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 119,429,710 books! | Top bar: Always visible