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Reggie, My Rhinoceros

What will Hopper do when Reggie is gone?

By Werner Holzwarth

Illustrated by Mehrdad Zaeri

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Age range
5 - 8
Grade range
K - 3
Published By
The Experiment
Categories
Number Of Pages
40
Publication Date
March 30, 2021
ISBN
9781615197385

Reggie, My Rhinoceros

What will Hopper do when Reggie is gone?

By Werner Holzwarth

Illustrated by Mehrdad Zaeri

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Unlikely best friends will melt hearts in this wry, gentle tale that grapples with death and finds solace in memory

Little bird Hopper lives on top of Reggie the rhinoceros, feasting on all his pesky flies. Hopper depends on Reggie—for yummy flies, for shelter from the rain, and for protection from sneaky lions. Reggie also knows the best silly jokes!

To Hopper, Reggie is invincible . . . but Reggie knows he’s not so young anymore. To prepare Hopper, Reggie makes sure he remembers all their best adventures together. The only problem is Hopper’s habit of exaggerating!

Reggie departs peacefully over three wordless spreads. And when Hopper finds a new crew of oxpecker birds, he brings his hero back to life with a rousing tale. Remember when Reggie chased off three—no, three hundred—sneaky lions . . . ?

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Review quotes

Praise from Germany

A Zeit and Radio Bremen LUCHS Prize of the Month winner

 
“Just as joy and happiness are part of life, so are grief and pain . . . but Holzwarth never lets the heaviness and sadness gain the upper hand. . . . It is also fascinating how Zaeri lights up the muted colors in which he draws. . . . A story of saying goodbye and remembering.”—Zeit
 
“Mehrdad Zaeri bathes his pictures in earthy brown . . . They go very well with Holzwarth’s story. . . . [A] very honest picture book . . . [that] tells children an unvarnished story about death. In the end, life goes on.”—Radio Bremen
 
“A wonderful picture book, profound, complex, yet quite simple . . . [Holzwarth] tells us that holding on and letting go, experiencing and remembering, crying and laughing are inseparable. At his side, illustrator Mehrdad Zaeri translates what is said and unsaid into masterful imagery.”—rbbKultur
 
“[A] simultaneously wistful and joyful book.”—Süddeutsche Zeitung
 
“Writing a story about death is not easy. Too often it gets cheesy, or the pain is glossed over. Werner Holzwarth succeeds in telling one without sentimentality, pathos, or religious transfiguration. One of the most beautiful picture books of the year.”—Titel Kulturmagazin

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Product details

Age range
5 - 8
Grade range
K - 3
Published By
The Experiment
Categories
Number Of Pages
40
Publication Date
March 30, 2021
ISBN
9781615197385

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