Find-A-Saurus

Find-A-Saurus

by Mark Sperring, Alexandra Steele-Morgan
     
 

Marty is crazy about dinosaurs. His mother explains to him why they no longer exist, but Marty thinks they're just good at hiding--and he sets off, determined to find one!On his journey, Marty discovers all sorts of other weird and wonderful creatures--from aliens to unicorns to giants--but Marty isn't interested in them. He won't give up until he finds a… See more details below

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Marty is crazy about dinosaurs. His mother explains to him why they no longer exist, but Marty thinks they're just good at hiding--and he sets off, determined to find one!On his journey, Marty discovers all sorts of other weird and wonderful creatures--from aliens to unicorns to giants--but Marty isn't interested in them. He won't give up until he finds a dinosaur...no matter HOW long it takes!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Prehistoric lizard lovers will glom onto this fantastical tale from a first-time team. "There must be some dinosaurs somewhere," says Marty, a boy with a very active imagination who envisions all the fun to be had hanging out with one. Convinced that the terrible lizards are merely hiding, he searches the house and turns up a host of the fabulous and fictitious, including a monster (under the bed, of course), an alien, a unicorn and a giant (who displays his full height in a vertical spread). A spiky tail poking out of the toy closet looks promising, but the gatefold reveals only a dragon. With newcomer Sperring's economic text doing little more than describing the content of the pictures, it's up to Steele-Morgan, also making her children's book debut, to carry the action, and she does a terrific job, with grainy, densely colored illustrations reminiscent of plates from old fairy tale books. She strikes just the right balance between comedy and fantasy, with Marty as the avid (and never cowed) straight man: The antennaed alien hides under the table, fighting with the dog for scraps, while the elegant, gleaming unicorn calmly sniffs flowers in the garden shed. It seems that Marty may have the last laugh: as the book closes with Marty's mother gently trying to explain the facts of extinction to her unconvinced son, a dinosaur peers through Marty's window-and the final spread reveals other big fellows lurking on the lawn. Ages 3-up. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Disappointed when his mother tells him that there are no dinosaurs left, Marty decides that they're still around but they're just good at hiding. Searching hard, he locates elves, a silly monster, a unicorn, an alien, a thinga-ma-jig, and even a giant in places ranging from the laundry basket to the lily pond. One night, several dinosaurs reveal themselves to readers, hiding behind moonlit trees and reflected in cloud shapes, star constellations, and shadows. Rock formations, blankets, flowers, etc., feature the distinct shapes of Stegosaurus tails or scales or Apatosaurus heads. Vibrant colors pull children right into the art. The paintings on textured paper have a playful, inviting look. At the point where Marty discovers a scaly tail poking out of his toy closet, a double-page illustration with foldout flaps is especially inventive. With the flaps closed, readers join Marty in hoping for a "saurus." Disappointment follows when his "mighty tug" on the tail and the opening of the flaps reveal "only a dragon." The verbal and visual presentations are fun, light, and respectful of a child's way of seeing the world.-Liza Graybill, Worcester Public Library, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Marty's mom has told him all about dinosaurs and now he wants to find one to be his pal in Sperring's highly imaginative picture book debut. Not buying mom's explanation that dinosaurs are long gone, Marty starts a fanciful search driven by a staunch belief that dinosaurs are simply good hiders. He looks under the bed, in the laundry basket, and up in the attic among other places, only to be disappointed with silly monsters, elves, aliens, and a host of additional make-believe or extinct creatures. Steele-Morgan's wonderful illustrations add to the magic of the story, depicting the fantastic discoveries in bold colors and textures that leave the reader eagerly anticipating Marty's next move. Especially pleasing are the fold-out dragon in the toy closet and the extra-large giant. Sure to be a hit with young children, but fun for adults as well. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439531627
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.54(w) x 11.36(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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