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Dino Pets
     

Dino Pets

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by Lynn Plourde, Gideon Kendall
 

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Where does a young dinosaur admirer go to find a pet? The Dino Pets store carries every kind of dinosaur a kid could possibly want. Sure, some of them might be a little too big and others might be too fast, but there are advantages, too—a Seismosaurus makes a great backyard playset! In this bouncy read-aloud, the larger-than-life but well-meaning

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Where does a young dinosaur admirer go to find a pet? The Dino Pets store carries every kind of dinosaur a kid could possibly want. Sure, some of them might be a little too big and others might be too fast, but there are advantages, too—a Seismosaurus makes a great backyard playset! In this bouncy read-aloud, the larger-than-life but well-meaning dinosaurs come to life in vibrant color. Kids will love the juxtaposition of prehistoric creatures and modern-day suburbia. A section of facts about the amazing giants makes the book a complete delight for the youngest paleontologists.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1
A boy goes to the new Dino Pets store and walks home with the biggest dinosaur available. However, when he discovers that the creature can't fit into his house, he returns to the shop (receipt in hand) to get another pet, "the fastest dino/I could get." Unfortunately, this one dons size 55½ sneakers and runs away. Next, he chooses the longest dino for sale, with equally unhappy results, and so on, until the store's stock is depleted. The youngster sadly returns home only to find that the creatures are all there, waiting for him. The simple story is told in rhyming couplets that don't always scan well, and the rhymes are occasionally stretched (e.g., "pocket" and "locked it"). The highlight of the tale is the skillfully rendered and entertaining double-page artwork, which is similar in tone and appearance to Mark Teague's illustrations in Jane Yolen's "How Do Dinosaurs" books (Scholastic). The longest dinosaur allows himself to be used as a piece of playground equipment for climbing, swinging, and sliding children. The scariest dino bursts into tears when it observes the boy's family running away in terror. Brief facts about the featured species are appended. Despite the text's uneven cadence, the subject matter and humorous art will appeal to children.
—Maryann H. OwenCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Dinosaur lovers' imaginations soar with this inventive flight of fancy from Plourde. A very lucky little boy just happens to have a Dino Pets store in his town . . . and parents willing to own a dinosaur. He chooses the biggest dinosaur, but when it won't fit through his door, back to the store he goes. The fastest one runs away, and he keeps stepping on the longest one's tail. Problems abound with each new dino pet, from the softest to the smallest, down to the scariest, until finally, there are no more dinosaurs to choose from. Sadly, the little boy returns home . . . to find all the dinos gathered there-"Look! My dino pets all came home! No one likes to sleep alone." The rhyming text and Kendall's wonderfully creative illustrations will keep young readers riveted, while even the most avid dinosaur fans will likely learn something new, as very few of these are commonly known. The final pages name the dinosaurs featured in the text, with the caveat that paleontologists learn more each day and the longest, softest, etc. may change in the future. A great one to pair with Bernard Most's work, dinosaur fans will revel in the possibilities. (Picture book. 3-7)
From the Publisher
The rhyming text and Kendall's wonderfully creative illustrations will keep young readers riveted. -Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142413029
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/06/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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From the Publisher
The rhyming text and Kendall's wonderfully creative illustrations will keep young readers riveted. -Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Lynn Plourde is the author of more than a dozen books for children. She lives in Winthrop, Maine.

Gideon Kendall lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Dino Pets 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
CatsInSpace More than 1 year ago
I recently came across this book at the library and remembered using it in my classroom when I was a preschool teacher. I had used Dino Pets with one- and two-year-olds during our unit on dinosaurs, and they always enjoyed it. Dino Pets follows a young boy who takes home all different kinds of dinosaurs for pets, but none of them works out. He picks the biggest dino, the smallest, the longest, the scariest, but either they don’t fit in his house, they run away, or they frighten his family. He runs out of dinosaurs to get from the pet shop and is sad, but in the end, all the dinos come back to him because, “No one likes to sleep alone.” This is a cute story about trying to find just the right pet that adds in the clever turn of the pets being dinosaurs. I like that it shows an assortment of dinosaurs that are not often used in other books, and an author’s note at the back tells the name of each dinosaur featured in the book as well as some information about it. Kids may enjoy listening to the rhyme in Dino Pets and seeing the funny scenes when the dinosaurs interact with humans. Kendall’s bright and friendly illustrations really bring the story to life and don’t make the dinosaurs seem scary. This is a fun, imaginative, and educational book.
Tracy73 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my 4 year old's favorite books! It's fun to read- repetition and rhyming, and the illustrations are gorgeous! Highly recommend it, especially if your child loves dinosaurs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book off the bookshelf at random for the three-year-old boy that I nanny, and he loved it! The rhyming works well and isn't forced, and I liked the wide variety of dinosaurs featured with their various unique qualities highlighted. Who knew there was a furry dinosaur? The child I read it to enjoyed looking at all the pictures and asking questions about the dinosaurs' feelings and reactions since some of them cry or wail. At the end of the book, the author also includes information on the different types of dinosaurs featured in the book so that the older reader can gain knowledge or research further. We had to return the book to the library, and he now asks for it every time I'm with him! So I'll be ordering him a copy for Christmas. If you have a child who likes dinosaurs, this is a great book and offers an alternative to the usual 'this is a stegasaurus' offering.