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Posted August 20, 2011
This is a madcap chase for a mysterious dinosaur that suddenly arrived on a foggy morning at Sandy Bottom End ...
In the early morning light the waves splashed against the shore underneath the pier as a young boy ran underneath just when the fog began to lift. He stopped to look up and his eyes grew wide and his mouth hung open at an unusual sight. It was none other than a dinosaur and he quickly rushed off to tell a fisherman what he had seen. A mad scramble ensued as one person after another had to tell the next that a dinosaur had been spotted. The fisherman told his mum "who ran and told the butcher he must hurry up and come." The butcher told the baker who ran and got his camera. Of course if there was a picture to be taken, he had to come prepared. The vet grabbed a net because if there was any critter to be captured she was the one to do it. It was down to the pier they ran where the boy had first seen the dinosaur. It was an exciting quest, but there was more to come as the rest of the town got wind of this amazing creature.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In the vet's haste to rush to the seashore the priest wanted to know what all the fuss was about. He soon was on his pulpit telling his congregation about the dinosaur that had been spotted on Sandy Bottom End. Each in turn told their friends and "They came with sweets and sandwiches / and soup inside a flask. / Some didn't know why they were there / but didn't want to ask." They clustered in front of the buildings at the shore awaiting whatever had been seen, but the only one for certain who knew was a little boy who had first set out the alarm. The newscasters began to arrive and the navy was not far behind. If the navy came the airforce was sure to arrive next. They all began to search for the dinosaur from morning 'til night, but he could not be found. Would they ever find this mysterious dinosaur or was there something else funny going on down at Sandy Bottom End?
This is a madcap chase for a mysterious dinosaur that suddenly arrived on a foggy morning at Sandy Bottom End. The chase for an elusive dinosaur became more exciting (and a bit more silly) as the tale went on. One of my favorite sequences was when all the people clustered around not even knowing why they were there or what they were looking for or at. The illustrations were colorful and exquisitely captured the essence of the rush to see the mythical dinosaur. This is a delightful story in rhyme that is so well done it doesn't miss a beat and can be read with or without a poetic cadence. There is a nice little twist at the end of the story that will bring a smile to any reader's face. This would be a perfect story to read during circle or story time!
This book courtesy of the publisher.