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I Can Draw a Weeposaur and Other Dinosaurs
     

I Can Draw a Weeposaur and Other Dinosaurs

by Eloise Greenfield, Jan Spivey-Gilchrist (Illustrator)
 

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Forget pre-history. From Shoppersaurus to Messysaurus to Mr. and Mrs. Cha-Chasaurus, here are twelve one-of-a-kind dinosaurs for the new millennium! And they're all leaping faster than Speedasaurus himself from the imagination—and paintbrush—of one very creative little girl. Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist round them all up in this totally

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Forget pre-history. From Shoppersaurus to Messysaurus to Mr. and Mrs. Cha-Chasaurus, here are twelve one-of-a-kind dinosaurs for the new millennium! And they're all leaping faster than Speedasaurus himself from the imagination—and paintbrush—of one very creative little girl. Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist round them all up in this totally original collection of verse that reinforces the joy of artistic expression and will have young readers inventing and illustrating dinosaurs of their own! The prefect blend of sense and silliness for dinosaur lovers and those fro whom poetry may e unexplored territory.

About the Author:
Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist previously collaborated on For the Love of the Game. The author lives in Washington, D.C. The illustrator lives in Chicago, IL.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A menagerie of fanciful beasts springs from the imagination of the young artist who narrates this slim collection of verses: "My dinosaurs/ walk from my brush/ and live,/ they do what my/ moving hand/ tells them to do,/ they are paint/ on paper./ I love them." The premise is promising and the lineup engaging, with such creatures as the Smellasaurus, Messysaurus and Shoppersaurus ("The dinosaur mall/ Is his main habitat") lurking on the pages. But both Greenfield and Gilchrist (previously paired for Night on Neighborhood Street) turn in uneven performances. A number of Greenfield's verses display a nimble, Prelutsky-like wit--the jaunty Babysaurus, for instance, is "his mama's little baby,/ Smiling sweet in Tennessee,/ But his middle's in Montana,/ And his tail's in Waikiki")--while other entries are awkward ("He fell when he tried to do a handstand,/ He fell when he walked a beam,/ But he was the greatest at landing on top/ Of his gymnastics team"). Gilchrist's fans will find only a few of her usual warm, realistic watercolor portraits (namely, of the child speaker); most of the illustrations are rendered in colored markers, in a flat, cartoonlike style, as if drawn by the narrator himself. Unfortunately, the result is not so much childlike as contrived--the compositions lack spontaneity. Ultimately, this is neither the author's nor the artist's best effort. Ages 4-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This collection of poems begins with a little girl exclaiming that she has so many images in her head she must become an artist to set them free. The subjects of the poems alternate between the little girl artist and fantasies of a variety of dinosaurs. There are many different kinds of dinosaurs. Speedasuarus dashes away from carnivores. Florasaurus eats flowers but leaves the stems. The sleeposaurus sleeps, the weeposaurus weeps and the shoppersaurus shops. The little girl ponders issues that confront artists¾the use of color and where to keep all of her pictures. There is a shift in type and style of artwork between these two subjects. The little artist generates greater interest than the uninspired adventures of the dinosaurs. 2001, Greenwillow Books, . Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-An inviting glimpse at one child's creative process. In the first poem, the young narrator talks about how her head is too small to hold all of the dinosaurs that she imagines, "so I become my artist self/and set them free." The realistic-looking illustration shows the youngster, her cornrowed hair tied up in jaunty pigtails, leaning over an empty piece of paper surrounded by paints and brushes. Meanwhile, abstract creatures swarm around her like half-formed ideas. The pages that follow contain a mix of poems supposedly authored by the little girl about fanciful dinosaurs and other selections about how she imagines, paints, and creates these amusing beasts. "Florasaurus" likes to graze on flowers, "Shoppersaurus" runs through the mall buying this and that, and "Singersaurus" has a beautiful voice but is too shy to perform in front of an audience. All of the dinosaur poems are illustrated with artwork rendered in black pen, watercolors, and color markers that looks as though it could have been produced by a talented child. In the other selections, Greenfield uses simple language to express the girl's feelings of enthusiasm, self-confidence, and joy as she puts her brush to the paper. A fine choice for art classes, creative-writing groups, and children who love dinosaurs in any form.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Frequent collaborators Gilchrist and Greenfield (Angels: An African American Treasury, 1998, etc.) capture a budding artist's enthusiasm and compulsion to paint: "My room is full, / but my hand won't stop, / won't stop, / putting paint on paper / paint on paper, / paint . . ." What this child paints is dinosaurs of her own invention, including a Speedasaurus ("She never speaks to carnivores"), a (male!) Shoppersaurus, a Weeposaurus, a Sleeposaurus, a Messysaurus, and a Babysaurus: "He's his Mama's little baby, / Smiling sweet in Tennessee, / But his middle's in Montana, / And his tail's in Waikiki." The dark-skinned child in Gilchrist's illustrations positively radiates joy as she presides over an array of smiling, simply drawn cartoon dinosaurs rendered in bright paintbox colors. Children will easily catch the breezy, bouncy mood here, and few will be able to resist the invitation to create more new dinos, in pictures, words, or both. (Picture book/poetry. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688176358
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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My Dinosaurs

My dinosaurs
walk from my brush
and live,
they do what my
moving hand
tells them to do,
they are paint
on paper.
I love them.

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