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Santasaurus
     

Santasaurus

by Niamh Sharkey
 

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Niamh Sharkey creates Christmas magic with her simple, quirky, and striking illustrations in this supersaurus story for dinosaur lovers — and believers — everywhere.

Christmas is coming to Dinosaur Town, and Ollie, Molly, and Milo are writing their letters to Santasaurus. Ollie wishes for a dinobot. Molly asks for a dinocycle. All Milo wants is

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Niamh Sharkey creates Christmas magic with her simple, quirky, and striking illustrations in this supersaurus story for dinosaur lovers — and believers — everywhere.

Christmas is coming to Dinosaur Town, and Ollie, Molly, and Milo are writing their letters to Santasaurus. Ollie wishes for a dinobot. Molly asks for a dinocycle. All Milo wants is to meet Santasaurus and fly in his sleigh. Later there's Christmas shopping with Momosaurus — "What hustle and bustle and squoosh!" — and plenty of wrapping and decorating on Christmas Eve. But when nighttime comes, will Santasaurus make Ollie's, Molly's, and Milo's wishes come true?

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Publishers Weekly
Forget the natural history museum. The real prehistoric party is in Dinosaur Town, where Momosaurus, Dadosaurus and kids Ollie, Molly and Milo experience full holiday "hustle and bustle and squoosh" in Sharkey's (The Ravenous Beast) kicky, candy-colored spot illustrations and full-page oil paintings. With stockings hung, the tree decorated and milk and cookies strategically placed, the three siblings excitedly await Christmas morn and a visit from you-know-who. Young readers who can't get enough dino-fun fare will especially enjoy the appearance of Santasaurus and his flying dinodeer in this quirky parallel world. Ages 3-6.(Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The dinosaur siblings, Ollie, Molly, and Milo write to Santasaurus just before Christmas. Ollie wants a dinobot, Molly wants a dinocycle, and Milo wants a ride in Santa's sleigh. With Momosaurus and Dadosaurus, the three little dinos wrap presents, decorate the tree and bake sugarplum cakes. On Christmas eve, they leave cookies for Santa and carrots for his dinodeer. Soon, everyone is sleeping, except for Milo. He creeps downstairs and meets Santasaurus who takes Milo around the world with him. Sure enough, on Christmas morning, Ollie, Molly and Milo are happy to have their wishes come true. Sharkey cleverly combines two preschool favorites: Christmas and dinosaurs. Her illustrations show friendly purple, yellow-striped and green dinosaurs going through the preparations for Christmas, and playing with their new toys. The dinodeer are clever combinations of dinosaurs and reindeer, and Santa's sleigh looks like a large red bowl. There are many other creative touches in the illustrations, from the shapes of the houses to the statue of liberty who is—what else—a dinosaur. Sharkey has carefully selected the words for her text. It is just long enough to convey the story line yet still conveys the excitement and wonder of Christmas. This is a jolly good time. 2004, Candlewick Press, Ages 3 to 5.
—Sharon Salluzzo
Children's Literature - JoAn W. Martin
Connecting to children's fascination with dinosaurs, the author offers a Santa/dinosaurs book. Ollie, Molly and Milo live in Dinosaur Town. Ollie asks Santasaurus for a dinobot. Molly wishes for a dinocycle, but all Milo wants is to fly in Santasaurus's sleigh. Momosaurus takes the kids shopping for Christmas gifts in the dinobus. Dadosaurus helps with decorations. They are careful to leave milk and cookies for Santasaurus and carrots for dinodeer. Niamh Sharkey lives in Dublin, Ireland, and mixing both dinosaurs and Christmas felt normal in her newly created Dinosaur World. Young readers will delight in this parody of the usual Santa Claus story. In notes to parents and teachers on the inside cover are a few suggestions to develop in children a lasting love of reading: surround children with books and writing, read aloud, and make reading an active experience in which children can share their own ideas through storytelling and artwork. Reviewer: JoAn W. Martin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763626716
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/13/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.15(w) x 11.69(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Niamh Sharkey, the author-illustrator of THE RAVENOUS BEAST, has illustrated several picture books for children. She says, "Two of my favorite things are dinosaurs and Christmas. Mixing both together in SANTASAURUS seemed like the most normal thing in the world to me. I loved creating Dinosaur World. Ollie is named after my uncle Ollie, who looks a little like a purple dinosaur. This Christmas, remember to leave milk and cookies for Santasaurus and carrots for the dinodeer — especially for Rudolfosaurus, as he always has a rumbly belly!" Niamh Sharkey lives in Dublin.

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