All Mr. Rhino text, illustrations and website content

© 2018 Anne Aldersley 



How Mr. Rhino's Animal Army came to be written.

In 2016, World Rhino Day was held, as it is every year, on September 22nd. The day encourages people to raise funds and awareness about the plight of the endangered rhinos in whatever way they can think of.


Our local zoo had the splendid idea of placing life-sized rhinos artworks in open spaces around the city, and everyone got involved with raising money to help rhino conservation. Knowing I enjoy knitting, a good friend sought out a pattern, and soon a knitted mother and baby rhino were created and put into a charity auction to help the zoo raise funds.

Thus, the idea of bringing my children's knitted animals to life grew slowly into the story of Mr. Rhino's Animal Army. I really hope people will enjoy reading the book about the adventures of these lovable toys.

Fowey Festival 2018

Anne will be speaking at the Fowey Festival 2018, on Saturday May 19th, 12.30 - 1.30pm. 


During this heartwarming children’s event she will be talking about her book, the motivation behind her work and with the help of some children will be reading excerpts from her book. 

Full details on the Fowey Festival website.

About the author.


Anne lives in Cornwall, but was born in Lancashire, in 1935. 

Anne was a Modern language teacher and later taught a wide range of required subjects, including French, in a local junior school. She has three children, two daughters, and a son in Australia. Her four grandchildren email her regularly and are eager to advise on the tastes and concerns of younger readers.

By buying a copy of Mr. Rhino's Animal Army, together, we will be helping rhinos and we can sing 'Hope' with Digger.