About the Book
Can Tiny Tiny Rhino have a fun day?
Or will all of his whining get in the way?
If you've ever been worried to try something new,
then Whiny Whiny Rhino is the book for you!
The story’s message is like the Mark Twain quote, “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” We all get apprehensive when encountering new experiences and this often leads us to avoid ever trying anything new. Just having a little courage to try new things can often lead to a much more exciting and enriching life.
Heart of a Philanthropist's Take
While taking a bath he decided that tomorrow would be different. He told his friends the next day that he was sorry for not playing. They asked him to push the wagon. Guess what happened? Instead of pushing the wagon he fell! Then ... he had the best time of his life. To find out what happens you will just have to read the book. Enter the giveaway below to win a copy of your very own! ORclick here to purchase Whiny Whiny Rhino.
About the Authors
McBoop is the creative team of Carmin Iadonisi & Amanda Iadonisi-Word. This father-daughter duo co-wrote and illustrated Whiny Whiny Rhino. They currently live in New England where they enjoy making art, reading comics, playing board games, eating fancy chocolate and whining about the weather. Visit them at http://whinyrhino.com/.
We read A LOT of children’s book. The people in our local bookstore probably thought we were pretty weird, two adults coming in every week and always heading straight back to the kid’s section to read all the new releases.
What genre do you write and why?
We write children’s fiction because we prefer to tell stories through both narrative and art. Also, we both feel very strongly about the importance of child literacy and the best way we could possibly contribute to that cause was to create bright, engaging stories that get kids excited about reading. Plus children really do make the best audience – their criticisms are hilariously blunt and they never give you one star on Amazon.
Which was the hardest character to write? The easiest?
Tiny Rhino is the main focus of the entire book, the other characters mostly exist to help develop him, so you could say he was both the hardest and easiest to write. The idea of a whiny, young rhino was the starting point for everything, so it was easy to write him in the beginning. But the more we wrrote and illustrated his character, the more we debated about the way he would handle certain situations. Slowly he began to evolve and we were able to define just exactly who this character was and maybe equally importantly, who he was not.
What advice would you give budding writers?
Just keep going at it. Write down ideas every day. Writing isn’t the only way to practice telling stories though, you can also sketch every day. Trying to convey a small story through a single sketch every day is a great way to practice.
Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
Does rhyming block count as writer’s block? We’ve had that a million times over. We can’t all be Dr. Seuss.In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop.
Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?
We actually start everything on paper, because my Dad is technically- challenged and prefers the low stress of pencil and paper.
Since you’re a mom writer, how do you balance your time?
Amanda is more of a mom illustrator. I try to get a quick warm-up sketch done every morning while my daughter is eating breakfast. And then I don't get any more work done until after my daughter is in bed for the night. But I don't like to look at all the hours in between as "not getting work done" more like "collecting inspiration" - that makes me sound way more productive.
What is your next project?
We love Tiny Rhino, so you can plan to see a lot more of him. Since there is a whole wide world of new experiences for him to encounter, we will most likely be creating a lot more books about Tiny overcoming very typical kid anxieties, like going to school for the first time. We also have a few fun ideas for completely different characters we’d like to explore, so keep an eye out.