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The Dinosaur Who Lived in My Backyard

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
About midway into this story, what has appeared to be a young boy's wishful thinking becomes a smooth piece of nonfiction, charmingly packed with facts by Hennessy. The narrator tells how the dinosaur hatched, how large it grew and how much it weighed, in scenes that are part of his backyard. But soon the backgrounds change, and the dinosaur becomes part of the past, playing with the other species now extinct, on land that only millions of years later would become this child's neighborhood. Davis, illustrator of When Daddy Comes Home and Waiting for Mom, adds an appealing number of odd perspectives in what is becoming her characteristic souped-up pastels: a dinosaur foot next to a sandbox; a dinosaur jumping into the air, much larger than the house behind it; the boy and his sister, with a bushel- and wagonfull of lima beans, hoping for the dinosaur's return. Ages 3-8. (March)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140507362
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1990
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 422,178
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.08 (d)

Meet the Author

B.G. Hennessy grew up in Wantagh on Long Island, NY. At the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she majored in fine art and learned how to design, print and bind handmade books. She also took courses in Children's Literature. The combination of form and content in the picture book format fascinated her and after graduation she headed for NYC where she worked for 17 years in children's book publishing as a designer and art director. She is the author of Road Builders and The First Night, as well as many books starring Corduroy, the loveable toy bear created by Don Freeman. She now lives with her family in Arizona.

B.G. Hennessy is the author of Road Builders and The First Night (both Viking and Puffin). She lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Susan Davis has worked in public radio for more than a decade and is currently a senior producer at North Carolina Public Radio/WUNC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    I read this book to my daughter at least a 1000 times! I starte

    I read this book to my daughter at least a 1000 times! I started reading it when she was 3 years old and it was her favorite book. She is now 30 years old and I have 2 beautiful granddaughters and recently order it to read to them. My daughter is soooooooo excited that I found the book. Can't wait to read it to them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2007

    Teaches kids to dream

    This is a good book to get kids to begin to dream about all those great things that fascinate them.

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