illustrated by Henry Cole

Walker Children's (Bloomsbury)

When Vinnie, a crazy-happy dog, gets lost while visiting a nature preserve with his family, he finds comfort in the company of Bogart, a big, lazy rhinoceros. Vinnie loves his new friend, but Bogart would rather just take a nap. A friendship soon blossoms-even if Vinnie's definition of "friendship" is very different from Bogart's-and when word of their unique situation spreads, Bogart and Vinnie are a worldwide sensation! But as soon as their fifteen seconds of fame ends, what's left is a bond even Bogart can't ignore.

"It’s a witty, bighearted story that makes full use of this duo’s comic talents while poking gentle fun at the human tendency to coo over interspecies friendships (and then turn them into children’s books)." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)  

"Beloved illustrator Cole adds balloon captions to Vernick’s charming story of two unexpected pals." --School Library Journal  

"Here’s a clever spoof of informational picture books that celebrate that unusual animal friendships. The improbable conclusion…fits the story perfectly and will please its young audience." --Booklist