Daniel's Dinosaurs

Daniel's Dinosaurs

by Mary Carmine, Martin Baynton

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this appealing flight of fancy, New Zealanders Carmine and Baynton present a cartoony celebration of a boy obsessed by dinosaurs. Daniel reads, draws, writes, imagines and finally sees dinosaurs everywhere--playing badminton next door, checking groceries at the supermarket, frolicking in the classroom. His impatient mother, trying to distract the boy, suggests a trip to the aquarium. The two spend a long time looking at tide pools, stingrays and octopuses, but when they come to the sharks, they ``stayed for a very long time indeed.'' The result? Mother succeeds in weaning Daniel from dinosaurs, but a new creature has captured his fancy. This amusing though somewhat slight tale is sure to connect with similarly inclined children. Ages 2-7. (Feb.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Young, bespectacled Daniel loves dinosaurs. A Pterodactyl mobile hangs from his bedroom ceiling; a dinosaur lampshade stands beside the bed; walls, bedpost, and even his clothing sports dinosaurs. In fact, he is so taken with the creatures that he imagines his neighbors as Plateosaurs and his teacher as a ``friendly, plant-eating Diplodocus'' who occasionally turns into fierce Tyrannosaurus. His mother thinks a visit to the aquarium might broaden Daniel's interests. It does: ``As they left, Daniel said goodbye to the smiling, grey nurse shark in the ticket office . . . .'' Carmine presents a youngster who is imaginative, obsessive, and completely childlike. Cartoon illustrations in soft colors and light black lines are detailed and expressive. A brief glossary includes pronunciation and a short description of the dinosaurs Daniel encounters. Although Carmine's theme is no longer a unique one in picture books, it will appeal to young dinosaur fans. --Maria B. Salvadore, District of Columbia Public Library

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