Ludwig and the Rhinoceros
Does something exist even if you can’t see it? A humorous bedtime story for budding philosophers.
“There’s a rhinoceros in my room!” Ludwig claims. His father doesn’t think so. He looks for the huge pachyderm in every corner, but he just can’t find it. There CANNOT be a rhinoceros in Ludwig’s room. It’s way too small for a rhinoceros. But Ludwig shows his father that something can be there, even if you can’t see it.
Young children will love pointing out the rhinoceros in each spread. Older children will enjoy thinking about how the moon is still there even when we can’t see it. Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein discussed the power and the limitations of language with his professor Bertrand Russell: how even if you don’t see something, it can still be there. These philosophical discussions are the basis for Noemi Schneider’s hilarious and thoughtful story. The Berlin duo GOLDEN COSMOS, who work with their characteristic screen printing style for international magazines, are now illustrating a picture book for the first time.
This original offering makes for an unusual bedtime tale that combines humor and depth—just right for budding philosophers everywhere.
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.
School Library Journal
Blues and greens contrast with neon yellow and fiery orange in this philosophical bedtime story that tackles the rhinoceros in the room.
Giving little ones—Ludwig and readers—the power of owning the book’s perspective is an interesting flip of traditional adult-child dynamics. Here, the child holds the knowledge that the adult struggles to understand.
Audiences will begin to contemplate the invisible lines between imagination and philosophical thought as they enjoy the artistry alongside the easy-to-read text.
Kimberly Filmore, New York Public Library
the book opens up a whole new world to inquisitive minds
Youth Services Book Review
The day-glow illustrations by Golden Cosmos fit the surreal storyline perfectly, and include plenty of humorous moments that will keep kids engaged and giggling, along with the fact that kids will be cheering for the victorious Ludwig. The front and back end papers, both different and engaging, add another layer of personality to an already sweet, but elusive rhino.
Jilanne Hoffman, author of "A River of Dust"
- dPICTUS 100 Outstanding Picturebooks, 2023