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Ludwig and the Rhinoceros

Ludwig and the Rhinoceros


Ludwig and the Rhinoceros

By Noemi Schneider
Translated from the German by Marshall Yarbrough
Illustrated by Golden Cosmos

"The story succeeds as both a philosophical dialogue and a classic tale of bedtime delaying tactics. . . Marshall Yarbrough’s charming translation from the German shines, especially in the — plot twist! — excellent backmatter, which discusses the original rhinoceros debate and explains what philosophers do."―Mac Barnett  ― The New York Times

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.

40 Pages
Age range: 4-8
NorthSouth Books, 2023
8.46 x 0.4 x 11 inches
ISBN 9780735845275
Children's Book, Ludwig Wittgenstein

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