about the book
When Rumpus the rhinoceros calls out “sick” from work to spend the day pursuing his art, he doesn’t expect to be eaten by a giant, flying whale, or end up in a reality completely different from his own. Nor does he realize he’s following the footsteps of his beloved grandfather, who disappeared years ago. But when he finds himself on an island in need of help, oppressed by a regime that keeps the populace under control through mind-pacifying cupcakes, Rumpus realizes he can’t just walk away. With the help of a tiny bee-eater, a raucous lion sage, and a brave and impetuous griffon, Rumpus learns that imagination, music, and art may just hold the key to a brighter future.