Little Grunt and the Big Egg: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale

Little Grunt and the Big Egg: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale

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Tomie dePaola's classic (and hilarious) story of a young cave boy and his mysterious egg.

Mama Grunt sends Little Grunt out to find a dozen eggs. All he can find is one huge egg. The egg hatches and out pops a baby dinosaur. Little Grunt names him George. Soon George grows too big for the Grunt family cave, and poor Little Grunt has to send him away. But when

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Tomie dePaola's classic (and hilarious) story of a young cave boy and his mysterious egg.

Mama Grunt sends Little Grunt out to find a dozen eggs. All he can find is one huge egg. The egg hatches and out pops a baby dinosaur. Little Grunt names him George. Soon George grows too big for the Grunt family cave, and poor Little Grunt has to send him away. But when the local volcano erupts, there's only one dinosaur who can save the day!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The whole Grunt tribe is looking forward to a giant omelet when Little Grunt's egg hunt unearths a huge specimen. Their smiles of anticipation turn to frowns when the potential brunch source blossoms into a freshly hatched dinosaur. George is a lovable little fellow, then a lovable big fellow, then the disgruntled Grunts kick him out. He's not housebroken, and his immense size and strength create other annoyances, such as blowing away the relatives with a single sneeze. Little Grunt is broken-hearted until George proves his worth by rescuing the family from certain doom, and receives suitable approbation--and a final surprise. DePaola's books possess his inimitable stamp, and this prehistoric romp is no exception: the round-faced Grunt clan is unmistakably his, as are the many comical touches such as Chief Rockhead's green banana headdress and the ladies' costume jewelry. This lively twist on the familiar tale of a boy and his pet is sure to provoke giggles. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Susan Borges
Readers will delight in this funny story about a small boy, Little Grunt, and his pet dinosaur. Set in prehistoric times, Little Grunt and his family live in a cave at the base of a volcanic mountain. When Little Grunt goes hunting and finds an unusually large egg, he carefully pulls it home to feed his family. However, in the middle of the night the egg hatches and out pops a baby dinosaur. Little Grunt names his dinosaur George and as George grows, the problems begin. When George becomes too big for the cave, Mama and Papa Grunt say George must go! In classic fairy tale style, it takes a natural disaster to reunite George with the Grunt family so that they can live happily ever after. Tomie dePaola's wonderful lively storytelling style generates humor, tenderness, and drama as this charming story unfolds. The detailed colorful illustrations will delight and entertain readers of all ages, and this classic prehistoric fairy tale will quickly become a family and classroom favorite.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Little Grunt, the youngest of the prehistoric Grunt tribe, is sent out one morning to gather two dozen eggs for Sunday brunch. Although he searches and searches, he has no luck until, at last, he happens onto the biggest egg he's ever seen. That night, the egg hatches and out comes--(you guessed it)--a dinosaur. Naming it George, Little Grunt keeps it as a pet until its size and habits (it's not housebroken) cause the annoyed tribe to banish it from their cave. Luckily for the Grunts, George holds no grudge, and when disaster strikes (in the form of a volcano), he rescues the whole family and carries them all away to safety and a new home--next door to her nest full of eggs. George becomes Georgina and all live happily ever after. On the surface, this looks like a typical dePaola picture book--colorful and cheery in nature. But both story and illustrations are lackluster, with no surprises or unexpected twists, and none of the sly, gentle humor that have made his ``Bill and Pete'' stories (Putnam) so much fun. Granny Grunt's suggestion that a cockroach might make a better pet than a dinosaur is about as funny as it gets. What could have been a winning combination, dePaola and dinosaurs, is bland and boring--a disappointing performance. --Linda Boyles, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823407309
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1990
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.79(w) x 11.33(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Connecticut and New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
September 15, 1935
Place of Birth:
Meriden, CT
Website:
http://www.tomie.com/main.html

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