Bumposaurus

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Bumposaurus is a happy-go-lucky dinosaur who appears to be very accident-prone. Otherwise, why would he do such silly things as chewing on his sister's tail, talking to trees, or-worse-snuggling up to a big hungry T-Rex? Bumpy's parents think perhaps he's the adventurous type, but when Bumpy's grandmother comes to visit, she has a different idea. . . .
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Overview

Bumposaurus is a happy-go-lucky dinosaur who appears to be very accident-prone. Otherwise, why would he do such silly things as chewing on his sister's tail, talking to trees, or-worse-snuggling up to a big hungry T-Rex? Bumpy's parents think perhaps he's the adventurous type, but when Bumpy's grandmother comes to visit, she has a different idea. . . .
Youngsters in need of glasses will especially appreciate this amusing tale that proves: Sometimes having four eyes is even better than two!
Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup.

Author Biography:

When a little brontosaurus keeps falling and bumping into things, his mother thinks he is the adventurous type, but his grandmother discovers the real reason.

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Bumposaurus, otherwise known as Bumpy, is a very shortsighted Brontosaurus. He is always running into things, tripping or eating his siblings instead of leaves. Bumpy tries to confide in his father that he thinks something is wrong with him, but it turns out, he is talking to a tree instead of his father. Getting no response from the tree, Bumpy thinks he has to leave home. His adventures lead him to the top of a volcano, over the backs of crocodiles and into the lair of a sleeping Tyrannosaurus Rex. Bumpy thinks he has found his family and curls up next to the T-Rex and goes to sleep. The next morning he wakes up to find that he is about to be eaten as dessert. At the last moment Bumpy's family comes and rescues him. When they return to their home, Bumpy's grandmother is waiting for him with a gift. She gives Bumpy glasses and finally he can see. The illustrations are bright and cheerful. Young readers may enjoy picking out the different shapes and counting Bumpy's brothers and sisters. The author's aim is to playfully describe the need for Bumpy to have glasses. Adults may find this book a useful tool in getting children to open up a dialog about a possible need for glasses. 2003, Penguin Putman Books for Young Readers, Ages 3 to 6.
— Debbie Bohn
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The title character is a baby dinosaur who is "so nearsighted, he couldn't find his way out of his egg." He falls in a bog, crashes into friends, and mistakes his sister's tail for leaves. After he gets lost and narrowly escapes a Tyrannosaurus whom he mistakes for mother, Grandma loans the young dino some eyeglasses and Bumposaurus can see at last. With their large eyes and expressive faces, the cartoon characters are fairly appealing, and the text, peppered with occasional alliteration, reads well enough aloud. The hero's problem sets up several humorous situations, but the series of visual gags seems forced. When Bumposaurus mistakes a tree for his father and nearly walks into hot lava, he seems dumb or unobservant, rather than merely nearsighted. He returns home "covered in bumps," but since he only hit his head on a tree once, it's not clear how he got them. Grandma's eyeglasses indicate that vision problems are part of this dinosaur world, so why did no one consider that they might apply to the child. The story is clearly lighthearted, but stretching its basic internal logic weakens the humor. Janet Morgan Stoeke's "Minerva Louise" books (Dutton) use funny mistakes more effectively, Amy Hest's Baby Duck and the Bad Eyeglasses (Candlewick, 1996) treats the glasses theme better, and there are plenty of more enjoyable dinosaur picture books available.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803728981
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 5/12/2003
  • Series: Phyllis Fogelman Bks.
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Penny McKinlay began her career as a news and show business journalist on the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail before joining TV-am as a producer. Also the author of Elephants Don’t Do Ballet, she lives in the U.K. Britta Teckentrup’s first book was described by Publishers Weekly as “magic.” The author and illustrator of over 60 children’s books published in over 20 countries, she lives in Berlin.

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