Ludwig and the Rhinoceros

NorthSouth. Sept. 2023. 40p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9780735845275.
K-Gr 3–Young Ludwig is a philosopher. He thinks, and imagines, and asks questions. He’s got a rhinoceros in his room. But his dad can’t see it. No matter how hard he tries, or where he looks, or how Ludwig works to convince him, he just can’t see it. So, he doesn’t believe it’s there. Then Ludwig likens his rhinoceros to the moon, which you sometimes can’t see, but you still know is there. So, can you ever really prove there’s not a rhinoceros in the room? Based on the true story of 19th-century Austrian-born philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, this book is a primer in basic philosophy. But without the back matter explanation, this is also a story of faith. Because what else is faith besides believing in what you cannot see? Ludwig’s childlike faith in his rhinoceros will ring true for young believers and imaginers everywhere. Three-color illustrations in a palette recalling that of Goodnight Moon create a vibrant nighttime landscape.
VERDICT Purchase for collections where patrons are looking for conversation starters with their little ones.

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