Buying, Training, and Caring for Your Dinosaur

Buying, Training, and Caring for Your Dinosaur

by Laura Joy Rennert, Marc Brown

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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 that’s right for you? Spiky? Armored? Humongous? Pea-brained? Plant-eater? How do you take care of him once he’s (gulp!) home? How do you feed him,


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 that’s right for you? Spiky? Armored? Humongous? Pea-brained? Plant-eater? How do you take care of him once he’s (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—Mom’s new shoes.

Full of little-known info and sage advice, this definitive guide to dino ownership is sure to thrill and delight kids everywhere!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—The opening spread, filled with smiling dinosaurs and children's faces, sets the tone for this tongue-in-cheek guide: "There is a dino for every kid, and a kid for every dino." The ensuing, satisfyingly large spreads focus on qualities readers may be looking for in a pet and the dinosaurs that best meet those needs. Children in the market for a winged dino will learn that the Pteranodon (pronunciation guide included) will help them catch fly balls at the baseball stadium and has a "long fourth finger perfect for removing unnecessary broccoli from dinner plates." After a tour of five popular varieties, advice is offered on keeping a pet comfortable, clean, and obedient—well, not very obedient. There are recommendations on exercising and traveling with a dino and suggestions about when to take one to school. While the book's approach is best for a kindergarten audience, the snarky, ironic tone is more suited to an older audience. Brown helps the cause with vivid monoprint with gouache artwork—some of his best illustrations to date. His overly enthusiastic, sweet-faced, humongous patterned dinosaurs are—in defiance of natural history—irresistibly delicious.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Expanding on the principle that there's "a dino for every kid," Rennert introduces a handful of dinosaurs, then offers useful general advice for new owners about care, feeding and elementary training. Using just as broad a brush for the art, Brown offers bright, splotchy monoprint scenes of smiling young folk turning their equally happy-looking prehistoric pets into a water slide or roller coaster, taking them to a beach and ballgame or just generally frolicking about. Under the descriptive label "Spiny," the Spinosaurus receives this gloss: "Although she's the perfect buddy all year round, [she] is a great warm-weather dino." The illustration depicts a smiling dino, purple flowers dotting its tan hide, while a trio of kids enjoys the shade of its sail at the beach. From dino descriptions to basic commands-"STAY (Ha!)"-to exercising your dino and taking it to school, it's a cheery descendant of Bernard Most's classic If the Dinosaurs Came Back (1978), done in brighter colors and with a more contemporary look. (Picture book. 5-7)
From the Publisher

Review, Booklist: "This starter guide will come in handy, whether kids are in the market for a new fantasy pet or just a fun read-aloud ....Youngsters will quickly become absorbed in this enjoyable mix of facts, fantasy, and fossils." 

Review, Kirkus Reviews: "From dino descriptions to basic commands—"STAY (Ha!)"—to exercising your dino and taking it to school, it's a cheery descendant of Bernard Most's classic If the Dinosaurs Came Back (1978)." 

Review, School Library Journal: "[Marc] Brown helps the cause with ... some of his best illustrations to date. His overly enthusiastic, sweet-faced, humongous patterned dinosaurs are ... irresistibly delicious." 

Review, Palo Alto Weekly: "Kids love dinosaurs. Yet with 16,000 dinosaur books already on the market, is there any need for a new one? Yep, when it's as clever and eye-poppingly colorful as this, by Palo Alto author Laura Rennert, illustrated by Marc Brown ("Arthur"). All the popular dinosaur species are described according to their attributes as household pets. There are tips on purchasing a dino and traveling with one. And for playing—because as all kids know, 'Dinos are for fun!'"

Review, Austin American-Statesman: "The warm, witty Buying, Training & Caring for Your Dinosaur apes a training manual for kids who have a new "little" friend as a pet...Illustrator Marc Brown, the creator of the Arthur books that inspired the PBS show of the same name, experimented with a new technique for the book's illustrations—monoprinting, a printmaking style that creates singular images more like paintings. Vibrant color choices keep the mood light, as befits the concept: After all, it's not every dinosaur book that reminds us about pteranodon's long fourth finger, which is 'perfect for removing unnecessary broccoli from dinner plates.'"

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This charming and wonderfully illustrated picture book is a great addition to any school or home library. Dinosaurs as a subject are always popular, and this book, with its humorous definitions of the various dinos: "Diplodocus: If bigger is better, then get a Diplodocus. Other kids have lemonade stands, with Diplo, you can have your own roller coaster. Right in the front yard. Of the whole neighborhood." The great illustrations that are integral to making the text even more meaningful are definitely successful. From the beginning "guide" to which dinosaur to buy to specific suggestions for what one needs to make the dino comfortable in its new home, how to teach them to sit—but only after checking to make sure that nothing is under the dinosaur when it actually accomplishes sitting—stay, eat, fetch, and roller over, this text is simply fun, fun, fun. You have to love a book that tells you to "HUG your dino (okay...part of your dino) every day." This is a wonderfully amusing text that will inspire any young reader's imagination. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.

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Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet 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 Martha’s Vineyard and New York City.

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