The Mine-O-Saur

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A group of dinosaurs is happily playing in the school yard when . . . oh no! Here comes the Mine-o-saur!

He snatches all the toys. He grabs all the snacks at snack time. He hoards the blocks during recess. And all the while he yells, 'MINE, MINE, MINE!'

But soon enough, no one wants to play with him. What will it take for the Mine-o-saur to realize that what he really wants are friends? And then, will the ...

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Overview

A group of dinosaurs is happily playing in the school yard when . . . oh no! Here comes the Mine-o-saur!

He snatches all the toys. He grabs all the snacks at snack time. He hoards the blocks during recess. And all the while he yells, 'MINE, MINE, MINE!'

But soon enough, no one wants to play with him. What will it take for the Mine-o-saur to realize that what he really wants are friends? And then, will the other dinosaurs ever welcome him back?

Dinosaurs are always a popular subject with young readers, and with its subtle lesson of sharing, The Mine-O-Saur is also a delicious twist on a classroom comedy. David Clark's uproarious triceratops and stegosauruses will tickle the funny bone of readers young and old.

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Children's Literature
Does the world really need another book that tries to teach kids to share? If it is The Mine-O-Saur, the answer is a hearty YES! The grabby bossy saur-head main character makes life a bit more troubled for others at school with his relentless “Mine! Mine! Mine!” as he takes toys and steals all the scones and butter tarts (food is always a measure of the greatness of the book, I think). The others shun him until finally he has a change of heart. Just in the nick of time, right before the reader wants to whack him upside the head, the Mine-O-Saur changes his wicked ways. To his amazement and delight, the others accept him as a forgiven friend. Readers will smile or laugh out loud at the ending when Mine-O-Saur claims his new friends as “Mine! Mine! Mine!” Bright orange endpapers, big-mouthed googly-eyed dinosaurs, and the cheerfully goofy menace that is the grabbysaurus-star of this delightful book will make it a hit. Every classroom has a Mine-O-Saur, and it is this reviewer’s fond hope that titles like this will help cure each and every one of them before they get to the corporate boardroom. The author reveals her sly sense of humor in the flap copy, divulging her family secret that in addition to three children (mini-Mine-O-Saurs?) she also has an imaginary pony, Penny, at her home in New Jersey. A great title to add to the library’s “bad behavior” collection that probably includes Rotten Ralph, Curious George, Max and Ruby, Wild Thing Max, and, of course, Olivia. Reviewer: Gwynne Spencer
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PreS-K The Mine-o-saur does not like to share. Grabbing all the toys, snatching all the snacks, he refuses to let anyone else in school have anything, shouting at his classmates in rhyming verses that end with, "They're MINE! MINE! MINE!" After everyone refuses to play with him, he becomes lonely and finally changes his behavior. All ends happily as the Mine-o-saur tells his new friends, "You're MINE!/MINE! MINE! MINE!" The cartoon illustrations are colorful, showing round-eyed dinosaurs of all types, both carnivores and herbivores, playing in a school yard presided over by Mrs. Raptor. However, the text switches back and forth between prose and verse, sounding a bit disjointed when read aloud, and some of the rhymes are forced. While this offering may serve to fill those requests for "a book that will teach about sharing," the message seems more strident and heavy-handed than absolutely necessary.-Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399246425
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/20/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen lives in South Orange, New Jersey.

David Clark lives in Luray, Virginia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2008

    We love it!

    My two-year-old son wants us to read this book many times every day. Cute story, fun rhymes, and great message make 'The Mine-O-Saur' worth adding to your child's collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

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    My daughter asks to read this each night before bedtime. It teaches a great lesson and is nicely illustrated.

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