A little girl is shopping in a grocery store when-surprise!-she meets a dinosaur. Don't worry. The dinosaur is very friendly. She's polite, too. In this funny story, told in lilting read-aloud rhyme, the girl has numerous opportunities to be helpful to the clumsy shopping dino and demonstrate when to say "thank you," "excuse me," "I'm sorry," "You're welcome," and other niceties of life. Tim Bowers's whimsical illustrations bring an extra dimension of fun to Judy Sierra's hilarious picture book fantasy. ...
A little girl is shopping in a grocery store when-surprise!-she meets a dinosaur. Don't worry. The dinosaur is very friendly. She's polite, too. In this funny story, told in lilting read-aloud rhyme, the girl has numerous opportunities to be helpful to the clumsy shopping dino and demonstrate when to say "thank you," "excuse me," "I'm sorry," "You're welcome," and other niceties of life. Tim Bowers's whimsical illustrations bring an extra dimension of fun to Judy Sierra's hilarious picture book fantasy. Altogether, Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur is an entertaining and painless way to show preschoolers why basic manners are a good thing to have.
Sierra and Bowers team up for a slightly different take on the dinosaurs plus manners theme that has been well covered by the How Do Dinosaurs... series. There’s no bad behavior on display in this outing: when a small girl meets a T-Rex who’s shopping at the grocery store, the girl models the polite way to interact with others, even in unexpected circumstances. “Your shopping cart begins to spin./ It dings the dino on the shin./ She roars a terrifying roar./ What do you tell the dinosaur?” The correct responses to this and other scenarios appear in large speech bubbles. There’s lots of physical comedy on display in Bowers’s acrylic paintings—the dinosaur drives away in a tiny pink car better suited for Barbie—which, along with Sierra’s characteristically sturdy verse, helps the gentle message about manners go down smoothly. Ages 3–6. (Jan.)
- Miranda McClain
Knowing the right thing to say in any situation can be difficult, even for grownups, so here is a book to help youngsters learn just that, even if they happen to meet up with a slightly clumsy though friendly dinosaur while shopping with Mom at the grocery store. The bright, whimsical illustrations and charming, rhyming text lend a playful air to this beginner's book of etiquette. Young children will enjoy the humorous story and care givers eager to instill early manners will be delighted by the sweet protagonist's lovely manners each time she interacts with the dinosaur, though some may cringe at the author's use of the phrase "You have to pee" in a book supposedly about good manners. Otherwise this is an adorable book that no home, school or library should be without, children will assuredly ask for again and again, and readers will be more than happy to oblige—if they hear the magic word, of course. Reviewer: Miranda McClain
School Library Journal
PreS-K—This book begins as a little girl meets a dinosaur in a grocery store. The rhyming story presents a situation that she finds herself in, such as when the oversize creature knocks over a bunch of apples in the produce aisle. The text then asks, "If you pick them up, what will she say?" The dinosaur responds with a resounding, "Thank you." Each response to the question is displayed in a speech bubble, adding to the already vibrant illustrations. Basic words and phrases are presented, such as: "Please," Thank you," "No thank you," "I'm sorry," "You're welcome," and "Excuse me." Bowers's acrylic paintings are bright and filled with humor. For example, the adults all seem to be mystified that there is a dinosaur in the store while the little girl is perfectly accepting of this friendly looking dinosaur with pink cat's-eye glasses and a tiny purse and basket. The fun rhymes and humorous, full-color illustrations make the story a sure bet for multiple readings and discussions of manners—-Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
Courtesy goes a long way, even with a T. Rex. In a grocery store with understandably stunned-looking, wide-eyed shoppers looking on, Bowers sets up a series of encounters between a small girl with pigtails and a very large (and clumsy) green dino sporting pink-sequined glasses. Sierra provides rhymed prompts: "Commotion in the produce aisle! / The dinosaur upsets a pile / Of apples, and they roll away. / If you pick them up, what will she say?" Correct responses ("Thank you") in large, bold type follow. Though some of the exchanges are problematic, as the child seems to be in the store alone--in one meeting, the dino offers her some snack food and in the checkout line gives her money when she runs short--the situations all engender a set of polite phrases from "Hello, I'm pleased to meet you" to "Excuse me," "No, thank you" and the ever-useful "I'm sorry" that will come in handy in any setting. Take socialization skills to the next step with Sesyle Joslin's timeless, Sendak-illustrated What Do You Say, Dear? (1958, 1986) and What Do You Do, Dear? (1961, 1993). Shall we encourage offspring to be more polite? Yes, thank you. Perhaps they will stay that way. (Picture book. 4-6)
JUDY SIERRA is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Wild About Books and its sequel, ZooZical, both illustrated by Marc Brown. Her expertise at creating funny stories told in read-aloud rhyme that trips off the tongue has won her high praise and honors.
TIM BOWERS is the illustrator of Princess Pig by Eileen Spinelli, The Bravest of the Brave by Shutta Crum, and other acclaimed picture books. He had his own greeting card line, Shoebox Greetings, before devoting himself full time to children's books. He lives in Granville, Ohio, with his family.