Danny and the Dinosaur

Danny and the Dinosaur

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by Syd Hoff
     
 

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Danny loves dinosaurs. When he sees one at the museum and says, "It would be nice to play with a dinosaur," a voice answers, "And I think it would be nice to play with you." So begins Dannys and the dinosaur's wonderful adventure together!

But a dinosaur is no ordinary playmate. Even the most everyday activities become extraordinary, like

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Danny loves dinosaurs. When he sees one at the museum and says, "It would be nice to play with a dinosaur," a voice answers, "And I think it would be nice to play with you." So begins Dannys and the dinosaur's wonderful adventure together!

But a dinosaur is no ordinary playmate. Even the most everyday activities become extraordinary, like finding a big-enough place to hide a dinosaur in a game of hide-and-seek, and keeping him from knocking over houses with his long tail. But Danny can teach a old dinosaur new tricks. It's the most fun this dinosaur has had in a hundred million years!

Originally published as An I Can Read Book over 40 years ago, this classic story is perfect for reading together.

Danny's out on the town with a real live dinosaur. And whether they're eating ice cream or playing hide-and-seek, these two are having one hundred million years of fun—all in one day.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
First published in 1958, Danny and the Dinosaur has become a classic. The uncomplicated drawings look like they were colored with crayon, and look like something a child would create. The text describes Danny's daylong adventure with a dinosaur in easy to read text with audio tape. Part of the "I Can Read" series.
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
This selection is part of the "I Can Read" series. It tells a mildly amusing story of a dinosaur who accompanies his friend Danny to camp. The dinosaur does predictable things and the campers respond in predictable ways. Children may be interested in several readings, but it is unlikely that this story will sustain their long-term interest. The book is not up to the level of other in this series.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Hoff's classic characters are back. This time, Danny and his friend the dinosaur go to summer camp together. They enjoy typical activities such as races, letter writing, water sports, and marshmallow roasting, and then go to sleep. Character development is limited to demonstrating that the dinosaur has a huge appetite. The full-color cartoon illustrations complement the text and show both African American and white children, but lack continuity. On one page, the dino is large enough to carry all the campers on its back; on another, it is small enough to eat at the table and hold a fork. Children may overlook details like this, but they will definitely miss the novelty and charm of the original Danny and the Dinosaur (HarperCollins, 1958). Not a necessary purchase unless you have a large early-reader collection or many fans of Syd Hoff's work.Sharon R. Pearce, San Antonio Public Library, TX
Ilene Cooper
Danny and his pal the dinosaur have been helping kids learn to read since the first book about them came out in 1958. In the latest series entry, Danny and the dino are off to camp, where the dinosaur fits in, albeit not without problems. He wins races too easily and hogs the ketchup; but when the campers get tired after a hike, it's nice to have a dinosaur's back to climb upon. The vocabulary and concepts as well as the full-color artwork are simple, but child pleasing. Another good start on the road to reading.
Kirkus Reviews
Danny and his dinosaur (who, although he has been Danny's friend since 1958, has never been given a name) are off again, this time to summer camp, and everyone has a wonderful time, including readers. Danny's dinosaur makes everything more fun—racing (he needs to take only one step to win), rowing (he's the boat), hiking (he can offer all the tired hikers a ride home), eating a lot of toasted marshmallows (guess who eats the most?), or sleeping under the stars (no cot is big enough for a dinosaur). Hoff's simple prose and cartoon illustrations make a delightful book for beginning readers, with enough difficult words—ketchup and pizza—to keep the story interesting, and enough clues in the illustrations to ensure new readers success. Every collection will have room for this welcome addition to the popular series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062358714
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/27/2014
Series:
I Can Read Book 1 Series
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
32,142
Lexile:
200L (what's this?)
File size:
20 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Syd Hoff was a much-loved and much-read author and illustrator of numerous books for children, most notably the Danny and the Dinosaur titles and Sammy the Seal. Born and raised in New York City, he studied at the National Academy of Design and sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker when he was eighteen. His cartoons became regular features in many magazines and newspapers. Sid Hoff was born in 1912 and died in 2004, at ninety-one. His books continue to delight readers worldwide.

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Danny and the Dinosaur 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
Danny is 55 years old and doesn't look a day over eight. Ah, the immortality of a good book. This book is rather long to read to toddlers, as in it has a lot of pages. But my toddler stayed still for the whole book. Probably because there are only a couple of lines on each page and wonderful, colorful, large illustrations above the words. There is a courtesy in older books that is missing from most newer books. At least, I miss it. I imagine in another 55 years, young children will still read about Danny and the dinosaur. And they will still find them charming.
Waja4us More than 1 year ago
This book was a little advanced for beginner readers, but once the words are learned and read about twice, then its a nice beginner book. My son loves this one too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful one for young children. It encourages them to use their imagination and enjoy the story. The vocabulary is a little complicated for beginning readers. I imagine this would be most popular with boys.Very cute book, I would recommend it to anyone  with young children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for beginning readers who love dinosaurs! This would be a great read aloud for you to read to your child and then they can read it back to you1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this for my 2 yr old son. He absolutely loves it! Great story. He's already memorizing the words!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My nephew loves this and reads it daily. What more could a long distance aunt hope for?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost all little boys love dinosaurs. I gave this to my nephew who is 3 for Christmas. He loved the illustrations so did his mom because she read it when she was little.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good book for 3 years old or older, especially boys. I am a daycare provider and read it to my children and they love the antics of Danny and the Dinosaur. Dinosaur's are so enticing on their own but pair it with a boy out on the town and you have a big hit in my daycare. We will be reading it for years to come.
mberg22 More than 1 year ago
Cute book, but a little long if you are planning to read it to a toddler.
pippistrelle More than 1 year ago
The "I Can Read" series which includes this level one book is great. My 4 year old loves reading them over and over. This one is really cute. Who doesn't wish they had a pet Dinosaur!
ACP More than 1 year ago
I read Danny and the Dinosaur to my sister when I was 14 and she was 2. Now I am reading it to my 2 year old. She loves the pictures and the story. Even though she can not speak clearly yet, she can "read" this story to us and tell us what happened. I would recommend to all children as a first book.
TheSue More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed that I puchased this and could not read it on my Nook App. Why offer it as a Nook Book then and not include this important piece of information?
dlc12 More than 1 year ago
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JoanzJF More than 1 year ago
My eight year old grandson loved it and he could read it to me as well.
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Sane03 More than 1 year ago
Lovely story about dinasour and the little boy being friend with each other. .. My son 5,5 years old, loved the story and the illustrations:-)
laurieJm9 More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book as a kid and reading it to my younger brothers. My kids love it just as much. A great book to read just for fun.
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