Synopses & Reviews
A hilarious guide to having a dinosaur . . . as a pet!
Dogs are delightful. Cats are cute. And fish are fun. But the best pet of all is . . . a DINOSAUR!
But how do you pick the dino thats right for you? Spiky? Armored? Humongous? Pea-brained? Plant-eater? How do you take care of him once hes (gulp!) home? How do you feed him, exercise him, take him to the vet, and give him a bath?! Not to mention train him, since he might like to chew on—er, swallow—Moms new shoes.
Full of little-known info and sage advice, this definitive guide to dino ownership is sure to thrill and delight kids everywhere!
"Literary agent Rennert's debut picture book opens on a wry note, explaining, 'Dinos make great pets, but some may need a little more housebreaking than others.' But this manual for dinosaur owners falls short of the premise's comedic potential. A rather flat rundown of five species recommends triceratops as 'a great watch-dino,' pteranodon as a skilled catcher of fly balls at baseball games and spinosaurus as a 'great warm-weather dino' that can cast shade on summer days; kid-pleasing tidbits are scattered throughout. Subsequent spreads offer tips on 'teaching an old dino new tricks,' including sit, heel and roll over ('Let's not even go there'), as well as feeding, bathing and other aspects of prehistoric pet ownership. Though the text's humor is sometimes strained, Brown's (Wild About Books) innovative art (gouache paintings of each image in reverse on glass) is consistently entertaining, spotlighting playful dinosaurs and happy children in scenarios that feature electric hues and rich textures, driving home the parting message: 'Dinos are for fun!' Ages 5 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Laura Joy Rennert
is a literary agent who lives in California with her husband and daughter. This is her first book.
Marc Brown has received numerous accolades for his illustrations for Wild About Books and Born to Read, by Judy Sierra, and is the beloved creator of the books and TV show about Arthur the aardvark. He lives in Marthas Vineyard and New York City.