Can I Bring My Pterodactyl to School, Ms. Johnson?

Overview

Kids are in for Jurassic-sized laughs as they follow a boy in his quest to bring a pterodactyl to school. And not just any pterodactyl: this one wards off bullies, loves to read stories, and makes an excellent science display. Hilarious illustrations capture the madcap imagination of the determined hero and his creative pleas to his teacher.

Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Paperback
$7.95
BN.com price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (19) from $1.99   
  • New (12) from $3.90   
  • Used (7) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Kids are in for Jurassic-sized laughs as they follow a boy in his quest to bring a pterodactyl to school. And not just any pterodactyl: this one wards off bullies, loves to read stories, and makes an excellent science display. Hilarious illustrations capture the madcap imagination of the determined hero and his creative pleas to his teacher.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Who could resist a pterodactyl with a friendly grin? Possibly Ms. Johnson, the classroom teacher, who may need convincing that a pterodactyl could be a great asset for the school setting. Why, he could prove a great deterrent for the actions of the playground bully (imagine him carried off to be plopped into the sandbox—check out the glee with which the flying dinosaur performs this task), as well as using his large wings to shelter the marching band from rain and students from chilly breezes. Each time a school scenario is presented the reader has the opportunity to predict the actions the pterodactyl might take to remedy the situation, as the page must be turned to discover the next trick he has under his wings. The illustrations are the perfect complement to the text. In the spread showing how efficiently the pterodactyl could serve as a flying carpet for a field trip to Washington, DC, we see the capitol awaiting the multi-ethnic class as they swoop over the landscape. Tiny details include the National Botanical Gardens and the bridges crossing the Potomac. Each page begs Ms. Johnson to allow the pterodactyl to live at school. The boy needs a place for the prehistoric animal he has won in a "Fantastic" contest to stay, since it cannot live in his room at home (Mom would never agree). Then the last page has the final zinger. He read the letter wrong—he did not win a pterodactyl; instead he won a wooly mammoth. Great fun is to be had reading this one aloud, but some teachers will wish that the boy had said "May I."
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A boy pleads with his teacher to let him bring to school the prize he won in a magazine contest-a pterodactyl. He cites the many advantages: bullies would be put in their place; the school band could be sheltered from the rain under its wings, and, if the heat were out, the dinosaur's wings could create a cozy blanket around the class. There would be no need to go to the museum, and bus trips would be a thing of the past since the pterodactyl could ferry a whole class on its back. After running through the positives, the boy suddenly realizes that he is winning a woolly mammoth and the book ends with him ready to list the advantages of that beast. The illustrations, done in transparent dyes, depict a character much older than the preschooler featured in Grambling's Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please!? (1997) and Can I Have a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Dad? Can I? Please!? (2000, both Bridgewater). Since most kids don't take a pet to school to stay, this title lacks the compelling reason to keep a dinosaur as a pet that was found in the earlier titles. This slight and lengthy tale won't make the grade for even the most avid dinosaur fans.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580891417
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 168,225
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.41 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois Grambling is the author of more than twenty children's books, including CAN I BRING WOOLLY TO THE LIBRARY, MS REEDER? and CAN I HAVE A STEGOSAURUS, MOM? CAN I? PLEASE!? She lives in Binghamton, New York.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)