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When Dinosaurs Came with Everything (Junior Library Guild Selection)by Elise Broach and David Small
Synopses & Reviews
Get a WHAT!? Free WHAT!? DINOSAURS?
Just when a little boy thinks he's going to die of boredom from running errands with his mom, the most remarkable, the most stupendous thing happens. He discovers that on this day, and this day only, stores everywhere are giving away a very special treat with any purchase. No, not the usual lollipop or sticker. Something bigger. Much, MUCH bigger. It's a dream come true, except...what exactly do you do with these Jurassic treats? And how do you convince Mom to let you keep them?
"Broach (Shakespeare's Secret) and Caldecott Medalist Small's (So You Want to Be President?) deadpan delivery of a delectably over-the-top premise makes this tall-format picture book a virtually guaranteed crowd-pleaser. At the bakery with his mother, the freckle-faced narrator spies an odd sign above the doughnut case: 'Buy a Dozen Get a Dinosaur.' They make the purchase, expecting a toy, but the bakery lady trots out a triceratops. When the boy's flummoxed mother cries, 'How are we supposed to get that home?' the proprietor responds with a sardonic smile, 'Oh, don't worry, he'll follow you. They always do.' After his doctor's appointment, the boy asks for a sticker, but the nurse announces that there are no stickers today, 'just dinosaurs,' and the receptionist presents him with a stegosaurus. His mother prudently refuses to stop at the shoe store, movie theater and diner, but the boy picks up a pterosaur at the barber shop and uses a doughnut to lure home a hadrosaur ('It wasn't my fault' he disingenuously tells readers). Beleaguered by prehistoric pets, Mom comes up with a brilliant solution. Small fuels his watercolor-and-ink art with just the right dose of hyperbole, comically relaying the boy's elation and the mother's distress at the expanding menagerie. This well-balanced romp packs an outsize helping of humor. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Small's sketchy, tongue-in-cheek watercolor-and-ink artwork perfectly captures the boy's exuberance, the dinosaurs' mass, and the hubbub that a city full of these reptiles would create.... Both listeners and independent readers will appreciate the humor in the text, and the book will spark imaginations and discussions on what else might make great giveaways." Marge Loch-Wouters, School Library Journal
All the schoolchildrenand#160;love Gus, the dinosaur bus! But when Gus' large feet cause traffic jams and other dino-sized problems, the principal must decide whether Gus should continue taking the children to school every morning.
Gus is a very large, very special green dinosaurand#8212;and he makes the perfect city schoolbus. Or does he? He causes traffic jams, gets tangled in telephone lines, knocks down traffic lights, and creates potholes with his big stomping feet. If the principal fires Gus from schoolbus duty, how will the thirty-ton dino find a new job? Lynnand#8217;s wonderful, sketchy watercolor and pencil illustrations recall old classics, as does the pleasantly preposterous story of a dinosaur who just wants to be helpful.
Little boys will roar for I Speak Dinosaur!, in which an energetic kid with a big imagination prefers to andldquo;speak Dinosaur.andrdquo; Speaking Dinosaur means he doesnandrsquo;t have to use his manners and instead can roar and growl at his friends and family! But speaking Dinosaur gets the boy into trouble, and without other andldquo;dinosaursandrdquo; to talk to and play with, he gets lonely. Delivering a fun message that encourages young readers to express themselves creatively, yet cautioning that even dinosaurs need to be polite and say andldquo;pleaseandrdquo; and andldquo;thank you,andrdquo; this dino-mite book will have larger-than-life kid appeal.
Praise for I Speak Dinosaur
andquot;In this fun and energetic picture book, one that will definitely grab your boysandrsquo; attention, a young boy with a creative imagination chooses to speak in dinosaur language...This is a wonderful title for an elementary school counselor and for teachers of younger students.andquot;
andndash;Library Media Connection
About the Author
Elise Broach lives with her family in rural Connecticut, where she writes books for children and teens, including Shakespeare's Secret and Wet Dog!, and serves in town government. As a child she made many journeys to the dinosaur hall at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and she returns often with her own children and her husband, who is a biologist there. When the next dinosaur day rolls around, she's hoping for a diplodocus with her sandwich order at the deli.
David Small is the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George. He received a Caldecott Honor medal for The Gardener by Sarah Stewart. He has also illustrated many other beloved picture books, which include The Library and The Journey, both by Sarah Stewart, and Imogene's Antlers, which he also wrote. He lives in Michigan with his wife, Sarah Stewart.
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