Friday, May 25, 2012

Top Ten Children's Books Ever

1. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss- This is the classic story of Sam who thinks he does not like green eggs and ham, until he tries a bite and discovers that these are actually quite delicious.

2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak- This is the story of an unruly little boy that is sent to bed early for misbehaving. He travels to a distant land of wild things where he becomes their king. When he awakens, he finds his still warm dinner waiting by his bedroom door.

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle- This classic tale follows the journey of a caterpillar from birth to butterfly. It tells of the fascinating transformation that a caterpillar undergoes before he grows his wings.

4. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown- This is a great, short bedtime story for all little ones that like to delay bedtime by saying goodnight to everything they own.

5. Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Achambault- This is a great alphabet story involving lower case letters climbing up a coconut tree. While more letters climb, the tree begins to bend until they all fall down. This is a silly story of great rhyming that you will never tire of reading to your children.

6. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman- This is the tale of a baby bird in search of his mother after falling out of a tree. He encounters several creatures thinking they are his mother until a "snort" puts him back in his tree.

7. Julius the Gorilla by Syd Hoff. A favorite of writer and poet Thomas L. Vaultonburg, read to him by his mother.

8. The Toughskin Rhinoceros Wrangler Company by Thomas L. Vaultonburg. A minimalist book with a loving story about a small boy named Rhino Jack and magnificent illustrations of dancing rhinoceros make this book a timeless class. Sincere, heartfelt, and bursting with love, this book is perfect for the younest readers. The Toughskin Rhinoceros Wrangler Company

9.Clouds With a Chance of Meatballs by Judy and Ron Barrett- Cloudy is a great story of a small town that eats the same thing every day. One day, it begins to rain spaghetti and meatballs, then bigger and messier things. Children will love this fantastic tale of falling food from the sky.

10. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson- This story is all about the fantastic things that can happen when you use your imagination, and your purple crayon.
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Monday, May 21, 2012

The Wrangler Rhino, For Kids

If you live in Australia, and you can find him, you may be able to hire...

The Wrangler Rhino. (For eighty dollars a day)

But if not, get your child the next best thing...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Ten Things Named After Rhinoceroses

1) The Rhino
One of Spider-Man's eternal foes, The Rhino made his first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #41.

2) The Leeds Rhinos
The Leeds Rhinos is a rugby team from Leeds, Wets Yorkshire. They won the 2011 Super League and are the most successful squad in the history of Super League rugby.

3) The Yamaha Rhino
The Yamaha Rhino is a two person off road vehicle.

4) Rhinoceros Beetle
Rhinoceros beetles (I wonder why they call them that) are a subfamily of the scarab beetle family. They are know for their bizarre shapes and huge sizes, but completely harmless to humans.

5) Rhinoceros: The Movie
Rhinoceros is a movie starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder based on the Eugene Ionesco play.

6) The Toughskin Rhinoceros Wrangler Company
The Toughskin Rhinoceros Wrangler Company is a childrens' book written by poet Thomas L. Vaultonburg and illustrated by Jenny Mathews. 

7) The Chiappa Rhino
The Chiappa Rhino is a snub-nosed revolver designed to fire from the lower chamber , a design intended to reduce muzzle flip. 

8) The Rochester Rhinos
The Rochester Rhinos are an America professional soccer team that plays in the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

9) Rhino
Rhino is a WWE and ECW extreme wrestler best known for his finishing move, "The Gore."

10) Rhinoceros the Play
Rhinoceros is a stage play written by Hungarian Absurdist Eugene Ionesco in 1959. In the play the inhabitants of a small French village turn into rhinoceroses one by one, save one character who refuses to accept he is a rhinoceros. The play is about conformity the sudden adherence of otherwise average people to ideologies that are dangerous or destructive.

This year alone over 200 of the 30,000 rhinos remaining on the planet have been poached in South Africa alone. Please say something.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Rhino's First Appearance In Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man #41. First appearance of The Rhino. Who is he? Why does he suddenly appear and have it out for JJ Jameson's astronaut son?  What are his powers? Who is he working for? None of this is explained in #41, but an eternally beloved villain was born. 


I just finished my first children's book, The Toughskin Rhinoceros Wrangler Company. You can order it now