When Dinosaurs Came with Everything

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Just when a little boy thinks he's going to die of boredom from running errands with his mom, the most remarkable, the most stupendous thing happens. He discovers that on this day, and this day only, stores everywhere are giving away a very special treat with any purchase. No, not the usual lollipop or sticker. Something bigger. Much, MUCH bigger. It's a dream come true, ...

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DINOSAURS?

Just when a little boy thinks he's going to die of boredom from running errands with his mom, the most remarkable, the most stupendous thing happens. He discovers that on this day, and this day only, stores everywhere are giving away a very special treat with any purchase. No, not the usual lollipop or sticker. Something bigger. Much, MUCH bigger. It's a dream come true, except...what exactly do you do with these Jurassic treats? And how do you convince Mom to let you keep them?

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Editorial Reviews

Julie Just
A loony idea is expressed perfectly in Small's larger-than-life illustrations.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Broach (Shakespeare's Secret) and Caldecott Medalist Small's (So You Want to Be President?) deadpan delivery of a delectably over-the-top premise makes this tall-format picture book a virtually guaranteed crowd-pleaser. At the bakery with his mother, the freckle-faced narrator spies an odd sign above the doughnut case: "Buy a Dozen Get a Dinosaur." They make the purchase, expecting a toy, but the bakery lady trots out a triceratops. When the boy's flummoxed mother cries, "How are we supposed to get that home?" the proprietor responds with a sardonic smile, "Oh, don't worry, he'll follow you. They always do." After his doctor's appointment, the boy asks for a sticker, but the nurse announces that there are no stickers today, "just dinosaurs," and the receptionist presents him with a stegosaurus. His mother prudently refuses to stop at the shoe store, movie theater and diner, but the boy picks up a pterosaur at the barber shop and uses a doughnut to lure home a hadrosaur ("It wasn't my fault" he disingenuously tells readers). Beleaguered by prehistoric pets, Mom comes up with a brilliant solution. Small fuels his watercolor-and-ink art with just the right dose of hyperbole, comically relaying the boy's elation and the mother's distress at the expanding menagerie. This well-balanced romp packs an outsize helping of humor. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1
In a playful take on the stickers and lollipops that bored kids sweep up at businesses as parents do errands, Broach imagines what would happen if a dinosaur were the giveaway of the day. A boy's increasing delight at the freebies he collects from the bakery, the doctor, and barber contrast with his mother's increasing panic and dismay as the lumbering beasts start to accumulate. When they acquire the fourth behemoth, Mom decides that the errands are done and whisks everyone home. Once there, she finds some unique ways to put the stegosaurus, triceratops, hadrosaur, and pterosaur to good use doing household chores. Small's sketchy, tongue-in-cheek watercolor-and-ink artwork perfectly captures the boy's exuberance, the dinosaurs' mass, and the hubbub that a city full of these reptiles would create. Dinosaur lovers will enjoy seeing their favorite creatures pictured and named, though the book's appeal won't just be for them. Both listeners and independent readers will appreciate the humor in the text, and the book will spark imaginations and discussions on what else might make great giveaways.
—Marge Loch-WoutersCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
What if one day every merchant in town offered up, and indeed, insisted that shoppers take home a live dinosaur (free) with every purchase? That's what happens to a boy and his mother in this sweet, absurd story that unfolds very much like a dream-or a nightmare, depending on the reader's perspective on having a large dinosaur as a pet. In Small's comical, wonderfully expressive watercolor-and-ink drawings, it's easy to identify the mother's reaction to the bonus triceratops (free with a dozen doughnuts); stegosaurus (from the doctor instead of stickers); and pterosaur (from the barber instead of the usual balloon): unmitigated horror, inversely proportionate to her son's delight. The hulking beasts are irresistibly endearing, though, as they wait patiently, doglike, for their new owners outside all the town establishments and ultimately, once at home in the family's backyard, prove their worth as household laborers, cleaning gutters and rescuing far-flung Frisbees. In the end, the boy's friends bring their own newly acquired dinos over to his house for a poolside party-and he knows Mom has truly come around when she calls the baker for more doughnuts. (Picture book. 4-7)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Another boring errand day begins…or does it? A boy accompanies his mom to the bakery, the barber, and the doctor on a typical day in suburbia. He's astonished to discover that today, instead of a free cookie, balloon, or sticker with purchase, he gets a dinosaur! With that premise, the everyday becomes crazily humorous, especially with Elise Broach's imaginative and inventive text (Atheneum, 2007) and the comic wit of David Small's watercolor illustrations. Only in their warped world could you "Buy a dozen doughnuts and get a dinosaur!" The multicolored dinosaurs playing in the boy's backyard are "the child's dream come true and the mom's worst nightmare" until she finds a way to use the giant beasts to help with the chores. This creative book gets a somewhat unimaginative iconographic treatment with flat-pan visuals of the pages. It deserves snazzy effects, animation, and the bells and whistles that can translate the original work into an even richer visual experience. Scott Nilsen tries to voice the humor that is inherent in the story, but the wit doesn't shine in its journey from the printed page to the screen. Teachers will find the conversations with the author and illustrator helpful and the pre- and post-viewing questions useful to inspire students to create their own stories.—Lonna Pierce, MacArthur Elementary School, Binghamton, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689869228
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 141,501
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Elise Broach lives with her family in rural Connecticut, where she writes books for children and teens, including When Dinosaurs Came With Everything, Shakespeare’s Secret and Wet Dog!, and serves in town government. Visit Elise at www.elisebroach.com.

David Small is the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George. He received a Caldecott Honor medal for The Gardener by Sarah Stewart. He has also illustrated many other beloved picture books, which include The Library and The Journey, both by Sarah Stewart, and Imogene’s Antlers, which he also wrote. He lives in Michigan with his wife, Sarah Stewart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    This book is awesome! When I was four my Mom read this to me eve

    This book is awesome! When I was four my Mom read this to me everyday. I definitely recommend this book for dinosaur lovers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    Absolute hit with our son!

    We checked this out from the library, renewed, renewed... Our four year old lamented tonight, "I wish we didn't have to give this back to the library." I realized it would be a great gift for his birthday coming up. This book is a lot of fun, especially for the dinosaur lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Love this book

    My son could read this all day everyday....we ordered for Christmas, and I know he will love it. We couldn't stop reading it when we picked it out from the library..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2010

    A Dinosaur Lover's Dream Comes True

    Every little one who loves dinosaurs dreams of having a friendly pet dinosaur. This book tells the story of his/her dream come true.The presentation of the dinosaur names and the clever illustrations add to the enchanting story.It's a must read --leaves the child and the parent smiling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2009

    Great Fun!

    The librarian read this to a packed story hour of 3 year olds in my town. By the third page, the kids were laughing and so were the parents. My little guy, who loves dinosaurs, was mesmerized. Now I need to buy this for him because he wants to read it all the time! I highly recommend this for those of you with kids who like dinosaurs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    My 2 year old son begs me to read this story to him over and over again! An excellent book for the imagination!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Great Book!

    Bought this book for our daughter who is an elementary school teacher. Great illustrations and funny story. Also, the book shipped quickly and arrived in great condition. Would recommend this book!

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

    Such a fun book!

    My grandson is 3 years old, and we have a wonderful time reading and rereading this book. He loves to name the dinosaurs and pretends he is going to get some, too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2009

    Great Book

    My pre-k son picked-out this book for me to read to his class during dinosaur week. The entire class was captivated! They were so excited and laughed throughout. Since then my 4 year old and 2 year old often ask for it at bedtime and both love it. Silly and clever, it's a fun read aloud book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    Running errands with Mom just got better!

    Errand day is always a long hassle for a young boy who has to accompany his mom. One day, things are shaken up when a visit to the bakery yields doughnuts and a real stegosaurus. Further errands add to the mix and the boy and his mom have the eternal 'mom, can I keep them?' conversations. It is a simple and fun story that ends well for everybody - even the worried mom. My five-year-old daughter and I read this book every night for ll days in a row. The art is whimsical and the young boy's interactions with his mom ring true.

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