The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur


When a big show-off dinosaur learns to share, he discovers two really, really, really, good new friends. Ages 3-7

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When a big show-off dinosaur learns to share, he discovers two really, really, really, good new friends. Ages 3-7

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Publishers Weekly
When a big bully of a dinosaur (he's purple but clearly no relation to Barney) demands that a very little (and awfully cute) blue dinosaur named Jackson hand over his jelly beans, the little reptile demurs. Half of the beans are for his friend, Jackson explains, and "he's a really, really, really big friend." The purple meanie finds that hard to believe—"Everyone knows I'm the biggest and strongest dinosaur around here!" he says, a point he tries to drive home by showing off his physical prowess. Then he discovers that he's morsel-sized when it comes to Jackson's humongous, green buddy. Byrne's (Millicent and Meere) drawings, composed along a single plane, have the emphatic crayoning, saucer eyes and chunky shapes of a comic drawn illicitly during a boring arithmetic unit. The story isn't all that comically taut, and the ending—which finds the bully regurgitated, reformed ("he was happy just sharing"), and welcomed as a member of the gang—is too pat, but Jackson's sly ingenuity in dealing with the aggressor makes it clear that size isn't everything. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Veronica Bartles
When Jackson, a rather small dinosaur, meets a big, bully of a dinosaur, he offers to share his jelly beans. But the big dinosaur will not share. He wants all of the jelly beans, and because he is the biggest and strongest dinosaur around, he thinks he should have them. Jackson says that his friend is a much bigger dinosaur, who could eat bullies for breakfast. The really big dinosaur does not believe Jackson, and sets out to prove that he is the biggest, best, and strongest dinosaur around. But when he finally meets Jackson's much larger friend, the bully is scared out of his show-off ways. Even though Jackson's really, really big friend is much too nice (and vegetarian) to eat the bully for breakfast, the really big dinosaur learns that it is not nice to pick on smaller dinosaurs. Byrne takes a masterful approach to a common theme, making the classic standing-up-to-a-bully story new and exciting. The quirky illustrations give hints about Jackson's friend's identity throughout the story, allowing young readers to share in the secret and become part of the narrative. With text simple enough for emerging readers to comprehend and a story complex enough to entertain parents as they read it over and over again, this book is sure to be a favorite read-together treat. Reviewer: Veronica Bartles
Kirkus Reviews
In this pointed prehistoric episode, little Jackson, derisively dubbed a "tinysaur," defends a jar of jelly beans from a dino-bully. Jackson's warning that the jelly beans belong to his "really, really, really big friend" prompts only scoffing from his glowering assailant. Sarcastically declaring himself "really, really, really scared," the increasingly angry bully demonstrates various feats of strength, each of which Jackson dismisses: "Everyone knows my friend can eat show-offs like you for breakfast." This claim turns out to be (more or less) true, as the rolling green hills on which the confrontation has been taking place are revealed on the climactic spread to be the back of Jackson's monstrous buddy after the "cave" into which the bully runs closes with a "SNAP!" Fortunately, the monster turns out to be a vegetarian and releases his chastened victim. The episode, illustrated with big, simple cartoons in jelly-bean colors and related in lines of variously sized large type, ends with all three dinosaurs amicably sharing the candy, "One for him…And one for you…AND ONE FOR ME!" A toothy, toothsome tale--if stronger on wish-fulfillment than feasible bully-fooling. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589251236
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 521,751
  • Lexile: AD470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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