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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, MDCopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.