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I'm in charge
Other title(s):
I am in charge
First U.S. edition.

Reinforced trade edition.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Nosy Crow, an imprint of Candlewick Press, 2018.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 30 cm
When a little rhino, who likes to make the rules, finds a tree bursting with fruit, he is not about to share it with any of the other animals since he is in charge, but it looks like things are about to change.
Reading Level:
Ages 2-5.
Added Author:


Call Number
+ Willis

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A new picture book about sharing from the pair that created Poles Apart.

This romping, rhyming story from award-winning author Jeanne Willis is all about a little rhino who likes to make the rules! When Rhino finds a tree bursting with fruit, he isn't about to share it with anyone -- after all, he's in charge around here! But it looks like things might be about to change. With brilliant illustrations from Jarvis, this hilarious toddler-tantrum tale is all about being bossy and learning to listen to others.

Author Notes

Jeanne Willis wrote her first book when she was five. After that, there was no turning back. She has since written more than three hundred books and has won several awards, which are arranged in the attic where she works along with her collection of caterpillars, pink-toed tarantula skins, and live locusts. Jeanne Willis lives in London.

Jarvis is the illustrator of Poles Apart; Alan's Big, Scary Teeth; and Pick a Pine Tree. Before creating his first children's book, he had lots of different jobs, including bingo caller, bouncy-castle painter, record-sleeve designer, and animation director. Jarvis particularly loves children's books -- what they can do and how they can be kept and loved as little treasures.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Toddler-PreS-Delightful, bright digital illustrations and a flawless rhyming text tell the story of a small rhinoceros that learns a lesson. When his parents tell him to do anything, such as go to bed, the feisty young bully refuses, then states his signature comeback: "I'm in charge!" The other inhabitants of the savanna are flummoxed as to what to do with the temperamental toddler when he declares that the mango tree and its fruit are all his. Action verbs appear in a big bold font and highlight potentially new vocabulary words for youngsters. "He scattered all the meerkats, and he startled poor Giraffe. He squashed Baboon's banana when he would not give him half." Colorful spreads are suitable for one-on-one sharing and large enough for storytimes. The stylized illustrations contain backgrounds in radiant shades of pink, yellow, green and blue while the coloring of the African animals, including a warthog, elephants, a pygmy mouse, and wildebeests are more realistic. VERDICT A charming read-aloud for most collections about a little rascal's comeuppance that will be enjoyed by young children.-Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek Public Library WI © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

Insisting "I'm in charge! (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

A little rhino gets his comeuppance after gleefully disrupting everyone else's day."There was once a little rhino / (who was really rather large) / and from the day that he was born, / he bellowed, I'm in charge!' " The big-but-little rhino leans fetchingly against a rock, backgrounded by a gold-and-blue African veldt. A meerkat perches nearby, staring at the rhino. The art is a striking mixed-media collage that holds readers' attention with bright palette changes at every page turn. Each of the stylized animals is comical yet also clearly represents its species. Clever, singsong rhymes emphasize the little rhino's naughty behavior and use plenty of humorous, descriptive alliteration; for example, Rhino has a "darling daddy," a "muddy mother," and "feisty feet." After Rhino has plagued everyonehis parents, Warthog, Giraffe, all the meerkats, Baboon, and Elephanthis final act of disobedience is denying Pygmy Mouse a bite of mango. Rhino's use of "la la la" to ignore the mouse's warnings about impending disaster is especially funny. He continues to shout about being in charge until a stampede of wildebeestsbeautifully resembling French cave artalmost causes his demise. The familiarity of Rhino's self-absorbed, controlling behavior and the predictable, satisfying end make this a good choice for the youngest listeners. The "terrible twos" come alive at the savanna watering hole. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

A headstrong little rhino bellows I'm in charge! as he charges through the savanna, doing things like tossing a warthog out of his way, squashing a baboon's banana, even butting the butt of an elephant at a watering hole. Part of the gentle humor of this is seeing how appalled the other animals are at the rhino's bossy behavior. When the rhino usurps a mango tree as his own, a little pygmy mouse dares to assert that the rhino's not in charge, and then warns him that a stampede is coming. The stampede is first seen as tiny, Lascaux cave-like paintings at the very bottom of one page, but then it dramatically overtakes the next two-page spread and little rhino. The little tyke makes it to safety, but once the stampede passes, he finally learns he's definitely not in charge. The book's double-page spreads feature cheerful digital illustrations with sunrise tones and watercolor effects that effectively convey the heat and expanse of the savanna. A nice lesson couched in absorbing illustrations and simple rhymes.--Connie Fletcher Copyright 2018 Booklist