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It starts in the tub, with a dinosaur bath toy. But then another dinosaur pops out of the water. And look out - here comes another - and another - and ANOTHER. Soon there is a Hall of Dinosaurs in the bathroom.

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All it takes is imagination!

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It starts in the tub, with a dinosaur bath toy. But then another dinosaur pops out of the water. And look out - here comes another - and another - and ANOTHER. Soon there is a Hall of Dinosaurs in the bathroom.

Fill the bathtub.
It could happen.
All it takes is imagination!

01 Riverbank Review Magazine's Children's Books of Distinction Award

Author Biography: Peter Sis was born in Czechoslovakia and now lives in New York City with his wife and two children. His drawings appear regularly in The New York Times Book Review and other publications. He is the author-artist of The Three Golden Keys, Komodo!, Follow the Dream, and A Small, Tall Tale from the Far, Far North. He has illustrated several books by other authors, including Sid Fleischman and George Shannon.In His Own Words...

"I was born in the middle of the century and grew up in the magical city of Prague, Czechoslovakia, in the heart of Europe. My father was a filmmaker and explorer, and he brought back many interesting things from his travels to Tibet, Borneo, and other places all over the world.

"From early on, I was encouraged to make pictures by my mother and father, both artists, and by their artist friends. I was not always encouraged at school, where I used to draw little pictures on everything, for everybody, usually in the middle of class.

"I remember with great fondness what I thought of as the largest bookstore imaginable. It was our library at home. My mother's father designed railway stations in Cleveland and Chicago in the 1930s, and my mother lived in the United States as a little girl. When the family returned home, my grandfather brought back with him a great many books, including a collection of all the Sunday cartoons from the Chicago newspapers bound in one large volume. I remember stretching myself over a page, and panel by panel devouring Little Orphan Annie, Mutt and Jeff, Krazy Kat, and the one with the little cable car.

"I went from art school to art school and had some wonderful teachers, especially J. Trnka, who was a famous illustrator and animator. I remember sometimes becoming so involved with a picture that I didn't notice the night was just about over. I would place the picture next to my bed so that I could see it first thing when I awoke. Things changed when my daughter, Madeleine, was born. I began to get up at night to look at the picture and my daughter. Now that my son, Matej, is here, my pictures remain out of the house in the babyproof studio, and I get up at night just to look at the children.

"I was lucky to have Quentin Blake as a tutor at London's Royal College of Art. By that time, I had already become involved with animated films. After my film Heads won a prize in Berlin in 1980, 1 did an animation series for TV in Zurich, Switzerland, and then another film in London. Before I knew it, I found myself working on a film in Los Angeles. But what I really wanted was to draw and paint my own pictures.

"On the advice of a wonderful friend, Josine lanco, I wrote to Maurice Sendak, hardly expecting him to write back. He didn't. He telephoned, first from the East Coast and then from Los Angeles, where he had come to be honored by the American Library Association. By then I had a hazy idea that I should go to the East to meet with children's book publishers.

"To my surprise, Mr. Sendak, after seeing my portfolio, in the last hours of the ALA convention, introduced me to Ava Weiss, Greenwillow's art director. I showed her my work, and she in turn introduced me to Susan Hirschman and Greenwillow. Shortly thereafter I started work on my first book, Bean Boy, by George Shannon. I moved to New York, and here I am, many books and some dozen years later. Before I had Madeleine and Matej, I thought the reason I did my books was to win medals and awards. Now I have received the Caldecott Honor and awards from the Society of Illustrators, the New York Times, the Boston Globe-Horn Book, and many international organizations. And what really matters to me is not awards but what children—and my own children in particular—think of my books. Now I do my books just for them. My children like my books, but they do not really know I am the author. I like it that way...."

While taking a bath, a young boy is joined by all sorts of dinosaurs.

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Children's Literature
This wonderful, wordless picture book is all about imagination. In the tradition of Where the Wild Things Are, an everyday occurrence turns into a wild adventure. Bold, gouache paint illustrations and clever use of double-page spreads pull the reader right into the bathtub with a small child and a toy dinosaur. The little bather is hardly wet when real dinosaurs begin to appear and chase each other. The perspective begins to widen, showing more and more dinosaurs (and a smaller and smaller child), until a triple-page spread puts the reader into a prehistoric world complete with volcanoes, ancient vegetation, and thirteen different dinosaurs. The detailed illustrations on this page are done in watercolor and pen and ink, setting them apart from the more bold and simple gouache illustrations that precede and follow them. As the friendly Apatosaurus splashes the bather with his tail, the reader is transported back to the bathroom just as Mother appears with a towel. Does she know that thirteen dinosaurs were just in her bathroom and her child traveled through time? Could this happen in your bathtub, too? You just might need to fill up the tub and find out. 2000, Greenwillow/HarperCollins, $14.95. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Eileen Hanning
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No words at all are needed to tell the tale of a young boy, his toy dinosaur, his bath, and his imagination. He is at first frightened, then amazed, as dinosaur after dinosaur emerges from the water, looming over the ever-shrinking tub, becoming a herd in a prehistoric volcanic landscape. A thick black outline defines the very simply drawn, flatly colored subjects; the only colors are a bit of tan for his hair and green for the creatures. But in the climactic triple foldout, the dinosaurs are drawn in a scene rich with naturalistic detail, as they head off stage, leaving the delighted youngster in the overflowing tub. Reality returns with mom racing to his rescue with a towel. Outline drawings of identified dinos fill the endpapers. 2000, Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 3 to 6, $14.95. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A wordless picture book that takes readers on a wild adventure of the imagination. A boy and his toy dinosaur are in the tub when a larger dinosaur appears, and then another, and as the beasts loom larger, the boy and his surroundings become smaller. The culmination is a three-page spread revealing a full-color herd of dinosaurs racing across the page, and if children look very closely, they'll see a tiny boy in his tub. Then, magically, the oversized creatures disappear, and all that are left are the boy and his bath toy and his mother, who appears with a towel. This imaginative story with wonderful endpapers naming the creatures should appeal to all young dinosaur lovers. S's's barely fleshed-out, cookie-cutter cartoons tell the story. He masterfully plays with white space and perspective, conveys action, and captures a full range of emotions with the absolute minimum of line and detail. As in Fire Trucks (1998) and Trucks, Trucks, Trucks (1999, both Greenwillow), the author's bold artwork and simple plot are right on the mark for this audience.-JoAnn Jonas, Carlsbad City Library, San Diego, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688170493
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed author, artist, and filmmaker. Among his works are three Caldecott Honor books: The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain; Tibet: Through the Red Box; and Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei. He has illustrated five other novels by Sid Fleischman, including the Newbery Medal book The Whipping Boy. He lives with his family in New York State.

Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed author, artist, and filmmaker. Among his works are three Caldecott Honor books: The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain; Tibet: Through the Red Box; and Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei. He has illustrated five other novels by Sid Fleischman, including the Newbery Medal book The Whipping Boy. He lives with his family in New York State.

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  • Anonymous

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    Fun book

    My 24 month old son has loved this book since we found it at the library 3 months ago. It doesn't have any words, so I just go through and describe what's happening. Now he can look through himself and see what the pictures mean. He loves it, and it lets him use his imagination. He loves the fact that the boy in the story is taking a bath - just like he does every night. He loves it.

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