I'm Sure I saw a Dinsosar

I'm Sure I saw a Dinsosar

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by Jeanne Willis
     
 

"One foggy, groggy morning
by the salty, splashy sea, I'm sure I saw a dinosaur and I'm sure that he saw me." A dinosaur is coming ashore! Tell everyone you know! Gather at the beach to see the dinosaur appear! But there's more to this story than meets the eye. Is there really a dinosaur lurking by the seashore? Or is something funny going on?See more details below

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Overview

"One foggy, groggy morning
by the salty, splashy sea, I'm sure I saw a dinosaur and I'm sure that he saw me." A dinosaur is coming ashore! Tell everyone you know! Gather at the beach to see the dinosaur appear! But there's more to this story than meets the eye. Is there really a dinosaur lurking by the seashore? Or is something funny going on?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When a boy spots a living, breathing dinosaur on the beach one wintry morning—"and I'm sure that he saw me," he adds with alarm—frenzy overtakes his town, which resembles Lyme Regis on England's southwest coast. Gapers (bearing everything from cameras to nets and swords), the media, scientists, and every branch of the armed forces all throng to the spot. "They came with sweets and sandwiches/ and soup inside a flask," writes Willis. "Some didn't know why they were there/ but didn't want to ask." The damp English chill is almost palpable in Reynolds's outdoor scenes, as is the nearly unstoppable momentum of a crowd's folly. Ultimately, readers are let in on the secret: the dinosaur and the story's narrator are one and the same—the costumed young son of the "ice-cream man," who's helping to create a demand for his father's frozen goodies during the off-season. Some adult readers may tsk at this twist, but as Willis and Reynolds proved in Who's in the Bathroom? (2007), a little transgressive humor never did anyone any harm. Ages 4�9. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"One foggy, groggy morning / by the salty splashy sea... / I'm sure I saw a dinosaur / and I'm sure that he saw me." Our young narrator tells this exciting story, which soon spreads through his town. Everyone runs down to the beach, including the newsmen and the navy, army, and air force, with every sort of equipment and weapons imaginable. There they sit, from morning into night waiting in the cold. Our clever narrator notes that his father is the ice cream man, and he doesn't sell much in the winter. But now, as everyone waits, he sells out all he has. Did the boy really see a dinosaur? "Come and buy an ice cream... / ...and perhaps you'll see one too!" Crowds of townsfolk bundling up in winter clothes, standing and staring, fill the double pages. Then the others arrive in uniforms and boots to add visual excitement. Comic book-style naturalism in the illustrations sustains the mystery until, on the final pages, we realize how the young narrator has set it all up. The childlike crayon drawings of dinosaurs on the end pages give a hint to the tale within. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews

Willis and Reynolds deliver a sharp tweak to the credulous, as just the rumor of a monster sighting prompts a mass migration of rubberneckers.

"One foggy, groggy morning / by the salty, splashy sea," reports a moon-faced lad, "I'm sure I saw a dinosaur / and I'm sure that he saw me." Word gets around fast, and in no time not just local residents but soldiers, sailors, scientists, divers and more have set up camps on the beach. They all bear expressions of open-mouthed wonder, and they search industriously for the elusive creature. Sharp-eyed viewers can join the search, as nearly every one of Reynolds' full-spread, comical cartoon scenes features an unobtrusive glimpse of a green tail or part of a humped back with jagged ridges. In the end, it all turns out to be a marketing ploy, foisted by the young narrator (who is last seen dressed in a dino costume and grinning mischievously) on an unsuspecting public to drum up business for his dad's ice-cream stand during the cold season. Just an innocent trick, ho ho.

Another slyly disquieting outing from the creators ofWho's in the Bathroom?(2007).(Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761380931
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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