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Ino just wanted to fit in, but he found out he wasn't like the rest of the kids. He also found out he could be a hero just by being himself.

A heartwarming story about friendships of the most remarkable kind.

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The Story of
Pepperoni Press

From the author: I never intended to write children's books, it just happened. Kind of like spilling milk. But the result was a delightful rhino named Ino, and he just wanted to fit in. Actually, he thought he did fit in, until a few parents thought it might not be a good idea to have a large rhino playing leapfrog - or should we say leaprhino - with their children. 

This is the story of how Ino became a legend, and why everyone in town learned to see him not for his physical size, but the size of his heart. There are just some friendships that can never be explained. Or forgotten.

Ino the Rhino inspired a series of additional books, currently in development. So like playful rhinos need a home, my children's books need a home, and that became the inspiration for PepperoniPress. Thank you so much for your interest in Ino, and look for additional works here in the future.

About the artist: With a name like ArtMonkey, I knew when I first ran across David Carr that he was going to be really good, or really just a bit nutty. He was really good. Great, actually. He talked in pictures like I talk in words.


I used him for years to do artwork, caricatures and graphics for my professional corporate and entertainment writing projects. But then Ino came along and it was a simple decision: I had to bring Dave on board to make this come to life with artwork that jumps off the page (or screen) and sits right beside you while you read. And it does.

And who would know more about a rhino than a guy called MonkeyMan?


Dave's style is genuine, colorful and full of charm and humor. It tells a story within a story, one that you will never get tired of looking at. I've reviewed the book countless times and I still love the look!


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"Your book is just awesome. Creative and heartwarming. The illustrations just could not be any better."


Sheri W.,
Fayetteville, Arkansas

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