The Super Hungry Dinosaur

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Here's a book that begs to be read aloud. From the very first 'GRRRRRR!' and 'ROAR!' of the Super Hungry Dinosaur, kids will be rooting for Hal to save his parents and his dog, Billy, from the huge beast. And Hal saves them in the most unusual way (hint: It involves spaghetti) in this delightful twist on the tantrum story from well-loved and bestselling author Martin Waddell and debut illustrator Leonie Lord.

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Overview

Here's a book that begs to be read aloud. From the very first 'GRRRRRR!' and 'ROAR!' of the Super Hungry Dinosaur, kids will be rooting for Hal to save his parents and his dog, Billy, from the huge beast. And Hal saves them in the most unusual way (hint: It involves spaghetti) in this delightful twist on the tantrum story from well-loved and bestselling author Martin Waddell and debut illustrator Leonie Lord.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
What would you do with a ravenous dinosaur that comes crashing through the fence wanting to eat you? Hal, the boy in the story, begins by telling the dinosaur how it isn't fair to eat small children; however, the hungry dinosaur declares that it will eat the members of Hal's family, including the pet dog, Billy. Despite Hal's explanations, the dinosaur gives chase as he tries to capture and devour Hal. With Billy's help, Hal ties up and captures the dinosaur. The animal surrenders and makes amends to the damages made during the chase. Nonetheless, the dinosaur is still hungry. Hal's mother cooks up a solution and later, the satiated dinosaur leaves. The illustrations work with and move the story forward providing additional context information to the plot. The endpapers, designed with green dinosaur scales, set up the arrival and departure of the dinosaur. The final illustration in the story provides a possible twist to the story for conversation; Billy, the dog has a familiar looking dinosaur at the end. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Publishers Weekly
The crayoned illustrations of debuting talent Lord are a terrific match for Waddell's (Bee Frog) effortless channeling of a very young storyteller. A boy named Hal and his dog, Billy, are playing in the backyard when a huge T-Rex crashes through the fence (“ 'I'm hungry and I've come to eat you!' roared the Super Hungry Dinosaur”). How Hal brings the Super Hungry Dinosaur to heel—and teaches him that Mom's spaghetti and meatballs are far more satisfying than eating humans or pets—is told, as a child would, through the simple accumulation of over-the-top events, brisk dialogue and lots of evocative sound effects (“Grrrrrrr!” “Slurp!” “Burp!”). Taking her cue from children's drawings, Lord maintains a single, stage-like perspective, frequently breaking up the action into sequential strips (a chase scene involving a clothesline, trampoline and garden hose takes up several pages). She also pares down details, giving the pictures a distilled comic urgency. Her obvious glee at drawing the green, ravenous dinosaur is infectious and should inspire readers to grab their own box of crayons. Ages 3–5. (Sept.)
Booklist
. . . [A] creatively designer, energetic tale . . . great fun . . .
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—When a ravenous T. rex shows up in Hal's backyard and threatens to eat him, the boy stands up to the beast. He not only refuses to be the dinosaur's snack but also denies the roaring beast's demands to devour his family and dog. The enraged dinosaur gives chase but the preternaturally cool boy eludes and then captures his pursuer. Forced to give in, the dinosaur tearfully promises to repair the damage he has caused and enjoys a spaghetti dinner to satisfy his hunger. Using multiple perspectives and cartoon panels on some pages, the sketchy, childlike illustrations in greens and browns perfectly match the text and make the theme of a brave child overcoming a giant obstacle resonate even more strongly. The text is perfect for reading to a group, one-on-one sharing, or storytelling. Kids who are hungry for dinosaur books will get a super treat with this title.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
In this sure candidate for many, many repeat read-alouds, young Hal puts up a stout defense when a Super Hungry Dinosaur crashes into his backyard and bellows that he's going to eat him, his father, his mother and his dog Billy. The ensuing wild rumpus ends with the Super Hungry Dinosaur tied down with a garden hose and promising to set the yard back in order-whereupon Hal's mom dishes up a humongous bowl of pasta that converts the Super Hungry Dinosaur into a Super Full Dinosaur. One gargantuan, spread-sized belch later, the Super Full Dinosaur thunders away happily. Broadly drawn with crayon on rough paper, Lord's illustrations of a very small but intrepid lad facing down a huge and toothy T. Rex perfectly capture this roaring crowd-pleaser's elemental vigor and simplicity. Horizontal panels that stretch the width of the spread compress the action, allowing for the maximum repetition of both event and participation-inviting GRRRRRRRRs per page. Super good. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803734463
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/3/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 405,510
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.34 (w) x 10.14 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Waddell has written many books for children of all ages He also writes under the pen-name of Catherine Sefton. He has won a number of awards including the Smarties Prize twice, The Kurt Maschler Award and was a runner-up for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. He now lives by the sea in Northern Ireland with his wife, three sons and their dog, Bessie.

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