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Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please!?

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Just imagine a pet who could:
  • Squash all the scary monsters that jump out of your closet at night
  • Eat all the vegetables on your plate
  • Help you get the best view at parades

What kind of pet can do all that? A stegosaurus, of course!

In this wacky fantasy with a terrific surprise ending, Lois G. Grambling ...

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Overview

Just imagine a pet who could:
  • Squash all the scary monsters that jump out of your closet at night
  • Eat all the vegetables on your plate
  • Help you get the best view at parades

What kind of pet can do all that? A stegosaurus, of course!

In this wacky fantasy with a terrific surprise ending, Lois G. Grambling captures the energy and imagination of childhood. H.B. Lewis's dynamic illustrations are the perfect complement to this zany adventure that's sure to charm dinosaur fans of any age.

A child describes all the possible advantages of having a Stegosaurus for a pet.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In plaintive tones usually reserved for requesting a pony or puppy, the narrator of this inventive tale begs for a prehistoric pet. As Grambling (A Hundred Million Reasons for Owning an Elephant) lists the benefits of beast ownership, Lewis's (Santabear's First Christmas) accomplished full-bleed spreads show the boy enjoying the company of the lumbering herbivore-sneaking it ``yucky vegetables'' at the table, pitting it against his friends in tug-of-war, going trick-or-treating under its looming shadow (``Who'd pick on a little Stegosaurus... when a BIG STEGOSAURUS was with him?''). For the most part, the fantasy dino is cuddly, with expressive eyes that convey dog-like friendliness. But several drawings are spooky-Lewis's pastel compositions, with their cloudy, monochrome backgrounds and detailed foregrounds, emphasize the creature's ground-shaking bulk. Later, after the pleading, comes the punch line: ``Yesterday I found this GIGANTIC egg.... And it's beginning to crack open....'' The only thing missing from this humorous romp is the would-be pet proprietor's promise to feed and walk the hatchling. Ages 3-6. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
A young boy begs his mom for a pet stegosaurus, explaining how useful such a pet would be. The stegosaurus would scare away the monsters from the boy's closet, eat all the yucky vegetables, provide transportation, etc. Mom blithely goes on about her business while the boy pleads his case. At the last minute he changes his request-the reason for the change is an amusing surprise. Drawings bring the boy's fantasies to life in a charming way.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A young boy begs his mother for a pet dinosaur, listing all its imaginative and practical uses-to squash scary monsters in his closet at night, to eat his ``yucky'' vegetables at dinner, to take his class to the museum piggyback, etc. The friendly stegosaurus cavorts through the book's oversized double-page spreads with aplomb, easily accomplishing the child's every wish. The surprise ending is reminiscent of Judith Viorst's poem, ``Mother Doesn't Want a Dog,'' and will evoke chuckles from readers. The text's repeated use of the title's refrain, the large illustrations, and the popular subject matter all add up to a good selection for story time, and an entertaining book for young dinosaur aficionados. Slight but amusing.-Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816733873
  • Publisher: Troll Communications L.L.C.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.91 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    my dino-daughter loves it!

    My daughter, age 4, has been having me read this book to her over and over for about a year now, she absolutely loves it. The boy in the story uses all his best reasoning to try to convince his mother to let him keep a stegosaurus for a pet... with a surprise twist at the end. Great for any child who is learning to negotiate, great for any dinosaur-lover, great for any parent who likes a surprise ending instead of the usual predictable outcome of children's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2000

    Great teaching book

    This book is great for the teachers out there. A good way to introduce persuasive writing to your students.

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