Making Grizzle Grow

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The wonders of a child's imagination.

When Dad doesn't have time to play in the snow with her, Emily is annoyed. Then she becomes so mad that she makes a snow dinosaur and calls it Grizzle. Grizzle comes alive, and she is a Dilophosaurus with a temper to match Emily's. And Grizzle is hungry - so hungry that Emily rustles up some snow pizzas with lots of pepperoni. Then Grizzle begins to grow and as Emily makes more and more meals out of the backyard snow Grizzle snaps it all up...

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Overview


The wonders of a child's imagination.

When Dad doesn't have time to play in the snow with her, Emily is annoyed. Then she becomes so mad that she makes a snow dinosaur and calls it Grizzle. Grizzle comes alive, and she is a Dilophosaurus with a temper to match Emily's. And Grizzle is hungry - so hungry that Emily rustles up some snow pizzas with lots of pepperoni. Then Grizzle begins to grow and as Emily makes more and more meals out of the backyard snow Grizzle snaps it all up and growls for more. She is really hungry! At last Grizzle turns her attention to Dad, who has wandered outside to admire Emily's handiwork. If Emily doesn't do something fast, Dad will make an excellent snack!

An imaginative and endearing story about what happens when your temper gets the better of you, Making Grizzle Grow is also about real love - the kind that doesn't disappear just because you get mad. A great book for lovers of dinosaurs and fun in the snow.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3- Emily is angry when her dad tells her he can't help her build snow animals until later, and she vents her feelings by building an angry snow dinosaur. Grizzle demands more and more snow "food"-pizzas, hot dogs, roast turkey, piles of pork chops-and grows from a small Dilophosaurus to an Allosaurus, and finally to a giant, furious T. rex. When Emily's father finally comes out to play, Grizzle turns on him, seeing lunch. Emily throws herself on the creature, smashing it and "saving" her father. Watts's serviceable illustrations are flat and colorful, but the story is best when Gilmore employs her keen eye for detail; for instance, when Emily's dad faces Grizzle, Emily observes: "Dad's awfully small compared to Grizzle. And his shirt isn't tucked in, so his belly shows. I know he can't run in those slippers." The story will make a good discussion starter about the consuming power of anger.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

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Kirkus Reviews
Written with humor and creativity, Gilmore's story dramatizes the tenderness of a parent/child relationship. "Later! It's always later," huffs Emily when her dad puts off making a snowman with her. She stomps outside and slams the door, hiding her hurt feelings in anger. She decides to make something big and hungry and maybe even a little mean. Her first dinosaur, dubbed Grizzle, is a Dilophosaurus, who is rather pleasant and sports spring-green scales. But when Grizzle eats a huge stack of snow pizzas, she grows larger and her teeth get snappish. And she wants more! As Emily feeds her creation's voracious appetite, Grizzle continues to grow and change colors, until she's a frightening Tyrannosaurus rex. When Dad finally comes outside, Emily's love outweighs her anger. Watts's artwork illuminates an already luminous story. Each spread is painted in bright, gleaming colors, featuring rosy-cheeked Emily and her fantastical dinosaurs with a backdrop of glistening white snow. Moving with the ebb and flow of her anger, Emily's imagination soars, revealing the vulnerability of love and offering a make-believe depiction of the real emotional life of children. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550418859
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/6/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in India, Rachna Gilmore has lived in England, Prince Edward Island, and now resides in Ottawa, Ontario. Her most recent books are Fangs and Me, Ellen's Terrible TV Troubles and Mina's Spring of Colors.

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