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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.
In this read-along picture book, a classroom full of young dinosaurs plays with toys, does art projects, and reads books. But each activity is another opportunity for the over-enthusiastic Tyrannosaurus Rex to wreak havoc. Parents and young children will love the call-and-response nature of the book, and young dinosaur fans will appreciate the listing (and pronunciation guide) for a dozen different dino species. The format is extra vertical in order to accommodate T. Rexandrsquo;s biggest messes.
Praise for Tyrannosaurus Wrecks
andquot;Punchy writing, an equally in-your-face palette, and OHoraandrsquo;s characteristically brash painting style make this as much a stompalong as a readaloud.andquot;
andquot;Along with the pleasure of pronouncing those multisyllabic dino names, young audiences may find food for thought in the behavioral dynamics on display.andquot;
andquot;Warmly colored with childlike bodies and emotive faces, Ohoraandrsquo;s dinosaurs are among the cutest you will come across in childrenandrsquo;s books.andquot;
andquot;The brief rhyming text, which scans well, tells a story with child appeal. There is a good balance of two-to-three word sentences with large, uncluttered illustrations, making the book a good choice for reading aloud. In their simplicity, the brightly colored pictures have the look of childrenandrsquo;s art, but they enhance the classroom setting appropriately with interesting details.andquot;
--School Library Journal
andquot;The shapely dinos, whose rough charcoal-style outlines and strong colors vividly contrast with the white or sometimes black backgrounds, are chunky and friendly in an eight-crayon-box color scheme and snazzy Peanuts-reminiscent outfits.andquot;
--Bulletin of the Center for Childrenandrsquo;s Books
andquot;Together the chanting rhythm, ragged lines, and setting of an un-chaperoned dinosaur class create a satisfyingly high-energy, primal read-aloud strongly reminiscent of Bob Sheaandrsquo;s and#39;Dinosaur vs.and#39; series.andquot;
--The Horn Book Magazine
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.
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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