Dad's Dinosaur Day

Dad's Dinosaur Day

by Diane Dawson Hearn
     
 

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When Mikey's dad has a "dinosaur day, " he doesn't go to work, doesn't take a bath, and doesn't know how to read. But he does go to school with Mikey and eats pizza for dinner, and has stories read to him. By bedtime, Dad's had a break, and they've both had a blast. Dinosaurs and small boys burst from the pages of this zany cheerful, full-color picture book.  See more details below

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When Mikey's dad has a "dinosaur day, " he doesn't go to work, doesn't take a bath, and doesn't know how to read. But he does go to school with Mikey and eats pizza for dinner, and has stories read to him. By bedtime, Dad's had a break, and they've both had a blast. Dinosaurs and small boys burst from the pages of this zany cheerful, full-color picture book.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dad just isn't himself. ``I guess he's having a dinosaur day, Mikey,'' says the narrator's mother as Dad, incarnated as a three-toed, bipedal dinosaur, sits at the breakfast table stuffing his maw with pages from the Local Yokel . Mikey and his mother watch as Dad declines his usual responsibilities: `` `Aren't you going to work?' I asked him. `Dinosaurs don't know how to work,' roared Dad.'' Instead, Dad carries Mikey to school on his back, then stays to turn the jump-rope during recess. Preschoolers will like Hearn's determinedly uncooperative dinosaur dad, even if they don't understand the metaphor. The art is cheerful and cartoony, never threatening. One particularly exuberant picture shows the dinosaur having a shower on the front lawn under a sprinkler (`` `Dinosaurs don't fit into bathtubs,' roared Dad'') while his son cavorts as well. The ending strikes a whimsical but meaningful note--the next day, as a fully human Dad wonders why breakfast isn't ready, a dinosaur Mom strolls through the front door: `` `Dinosaurs don't know how to cook,' roared Mom.'' Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Gwendolyn Bradley
When Mikey wakes up one morning, his dad has turned into a dinosaur, whose roared refrain is, "dinosaurs don't know how to (fill in the blank)." Mikey initially enjoys his dad's dinosaur freedom from adult responsibility�after all, it allows dad to spend the day with him at school and at play instead of going to work. But by the end of the day, as Mikey has to assume responsibility for reading to his dad instead of being read to and for tucking in his dad instead, he wishes his old dad was back. When he wakes up in the morning, the wish is granted, but with a twist. Like the story, the illustrations are simple and funny. The publisher's age recommendations seem a bit high�this book is more likely to appeal to ages 3 to 6. 1999 (orig

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780027434859
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
08/15/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile:
470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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