When Dinosaurs Go Visiting

When Dinosaurs Go Visiting

by Linda Martin, Kelly
     
 

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When dinosaurs go visiting, they wear their nicest clothes. Their nicest shoes, their nicest shirts, their nicest pair of hose.
This rollicking, rhyming verse describes a colorful cast of dancing dinos whose favorite activity is socializing. The hilarious story perfectly matches the whimsy of the illustrations, as a familiar event is brought to life in

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When dinosaurs go visiting, they wear their nicest clothes. Their nicest shoes, their nicest shirts, their nicest pair of hose.
This rollicking, rhyming verse describes a colorful cast of dancing dinos whose favorite activity is socializing. The hilarious story perfectly matches the whimsy of the illustrations, as a familiar event is brought to life in this playful picture book. A delightful read-along treat, it's perfect for storytime at home or amusement on the road.

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The affable dinos in this adorable rhyming story have perfect manners...People

PEOPLE MAGAZINE,
The affable dinos in this adorable rhyming story have perfect manners; they always brush their teeth, use their napkins and help with the dishes.

LIBRARY TALK, December 1993
Silliness takes over completely in When Dinosaurs Go Visiting ($11.95 hc., 32pp.), which shows dinosaur families wearing clothes, living in houses, driving cars and taking along their favorite recipe (omnivore souffle) when they go to a party.

PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, September 1993
Combining the ever-popular dinosaur motif with a lesson on etiquette, debut author Martin imagines several of the prehistoric lizards in a contemporary human setting. Here, a suburban dino family dresses in snappy clothes, hops in the convertible and goes to spend a day with friends. Careful observers of modern manners, the reptiles thoughtfully bring a covered dish (omnivore souffle) and help wash the dishes after the main meal. Run-of-the-mill rhymes ("Their friends are glad to see them. / It's a very happy scene, / A house that's full of dinosaurs / So bright and shiny green") accompany Martin's harmlessly cute cartoons, which depict a biologically unlikely family of a father stegosaurus, a mother tyrannosaurus and their triceratops son. Even peripheral dinophiles may challenge such inaccuracies as the cheerful coexistence of a brontosaurus and a same-size pterodactyl; nevertheless, role-playing dino-wannabes may pick up some pointers on politeness from Martin's fossil-age family. Ages 2-6.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Combining the ever-popular dinosaur motif with a lesson on etiquette, debut author Martin imagines several of the prehistoric lizards in a contemporary human setting. Here, a suburban dino family dresses in snappy clothes, hops in the convertible and goes to spend a day with friends. Careful observers of modern manners, the reptiles thoughtfully bring a covered dish (omnivore souffle) and help wash the dishes after the main meal. Run-of-the-mill rhymes (``Their friends are glad to see them. / It's a very happy scene, / A house that's full of dinosaurs / So bright and shiny green'') accompany Martin's harmlessly cute cartoons, which depict a biologically unlikely family of a father stegosaurus, a mother tyrannosaurus and their triceratops son. Even peripheral dinophiles may challenge such inaccuracies as the cheerful coexistence of a brontosaurus and a same-size pterodactyl; nevertheless, role-playing dino-wannabes may pick up some pointers on politeness from Martin's fossil-age family. Ages 2-6. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Bright, action-packed watercolors fill the pages of Martin's first picture book, a story in rhyming couplets. The title is a good indicator of what's to come: lots of silly stuff. The author's acute sense of rhythm and humor make the book a delight to read: ``They love to bring a little gift/and a pretty bright bouquet./They always bring their favorite dish,/An omnivore souffl!'' The illustrations are full of light in largely pastel shades; they are brimming with activity. It's obvious that these dinos are having a great time as they dance, play chess, gossip, and eat. Their antics will elicit lots of laughs during story times.-Lynn Cockett, Nutley Public Library, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811817073
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
1 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Linda Martin lives in Colorado Springs, likes crossword puzzles, gourmet food, and antique books and things. This is her first children's book, and she says it was lots of fun to do, but now she is anxious to get started on book number two.

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