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I'm Sure I saw a Dinsosar

I'm Sure I saw a Dinsosar

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by Jeanne Willis

"One foggy, groggy morning
by the salty, splashy sea, I'm sure I saw a dinosaur and I'm sure that he saw me." A dinosaur is coming ashore! Tell everyone you know! Gather at the beach to see the dinosaur appear! But there's more to this story than meets the eye. Is there really a dinosaur lurking by the seashore? Or is something funny going on?


"One foggy, groggy morning
by the salty, splashy sea, I'm sure I saw a dinosaur and I'm sure that he saw me." A dinosaur is coming ashore! Tell everyone you know! Gather at the beach to see the dinosaur appear! But there's more to this story than meets the eye. Is there really a dinosaur lurking by the seashore? Or is something funny going on?

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Publishers Weekly
When a boy spots a living, breathing dinosaur on the beach one wintry morning—"and I'm sure that he saw me," he adds with alarm—frenzy overtakes his town, which resembles Lyme Regis on England's southwest coast. Gapers (bearing everything from cameras to nets and swords), the media, scientists, and every branch of the armed forces all throng to the spot. "They came with sweets and sandwiches/ and soup inside a flask," writes Willis. "Some didn't know why they were there/ but didn't want to ask." The damp English chill is almost palpable in Reynolds's outdoor scenes, as is the nearly unstoppable momentum of a crowd's folly. Ultimately, readers are let in on the secret: the dinosaur and the story's narrator are one and the same—the costumed young son of the "ice-cream man," who's helping to create a demand for his father's frozen goodies during the off-season. Some adult readers may tsk at this twist, but as Willis and Reynolds proved in Who's in the Bathroom? (2007), a little transgressive humor never did anyone any harm. Ages 4�9. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"One foggy, groggy morning / by the salty splashy sea... / I'm sure I saw a dinosaur / and I'm sure that he saw me." Our young narrator tells this exciting story, which soon spreads through his town. Everyone runs down to the beach, including the newsmen and the navy, army, and air force, with every sort of equipment and weapons imaginable. There they sit, from morning into night waiting in the cold. Our clever narrator notes that his father is the ice cream man, and he doesn't sell much in the winter. But now, as everyone waits, he sells out all he has. Did the boy really see a dinosaur? "Come and buy an ice cream... / ...and perhaps you'll see one too!" Crowds of townsfolk bundling up in winter clothes, standing and staring, fill the double pages. Then the others arrive in uniforms and boots to add visual excitement. Comic book-style naturalism in the illustrations sustains the mystery until, on the final pages, we realize how the young narrator has set it all up. The childlike crayon drawings of dinosaurs on the end pages give a hint to the tale within. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews

Willis and Reynolds deliver a sharp tweak to the credulous, as just the rumor of a monster sighting prompts a mass migration of rubberneckers.

"One foggy, groggy morning / by the salty, splashy sea," reports a moon-faced lad, "I'm sure I saw a dinosaur / and I'm sure that he saw me." Word gets around fast, and in no time not just local residents but soldiers, sailors, scientists, divers and more have set up camps on the beach. They all bear expressions of open-mouthed wonder, and they search industriously for the elusive creature. Sharp-eyed viewers can join the search, as nearly every one of Reynolds' full-spread, comical cartoon scenes features an unobtrusive glimpse of a green tail or part of a humped back with jagged ridges. In the end, it all turns out to be a marketing ploy, foisted by the young narrator (who is last seen dressed in a dino costume and grinning mischievously) on an unsuspecting public to drum up business for his dad's ice-cream stand during the cold season. Just an innocent trick, ho ho.

Another slyly disquieting outing from the creators ofWho's in the Bathroom?(2007).(Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Jeanne Willis was born in St Albans Herts. She attended Watford College to study advertising copywriting, and then went to work as copywriter at Doyle Dane Bernbach in Baker Street London and later Young and Rubicam. Ms. Willis had her first book published by Andersen Press when she was 21. Since then, she has written over 180 books for children including novelty, picture books, novelettes, and teen novels. Among other awards, she has won the Silver Smarties and was shortlisted for the Whitbread. She has also written many scripts for childrens' TV. Ms. Willis is married with two children and two cats, and she lives in North London.

Adrian Reynolds was born in Castel-Nedd, South Wales in 1963. After studying at Swansea College of Art and later at Cambridgeshire College of Art and Technology, Adrian worked at Heffers Children's Book Shop then began writing and illustrating his own picture books. Adrian's very first books were published in 1997 and since then he has published more than forty titles, including four Pete and Polo titles, Big Red Bath by Julia Jarman, Bear in the Cave, by Michael Rosen, and the hugely popular Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs series, written by Ian Whybrow.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the early morning light the waves splashed against the shore underneath the pier as a young boy ran underneath just when the fog began to lift. He stopped to look up and his eyes grew wide and his mouth hung open at an unusual sight. It was none other than a dinosaur and he quickly rushed off to tell a fisherman what he had seen. A mad scramble ensued as one person after another had to tell the next that a dinosaur had been spotted. The fisherman told his mum "who ran and told the butcher he must hurry up and come." The butcher told the baker who ran and got his camera. Of course if there was a picture to be taken, he had to come prepared. The vet grabbed a net because if there was any critter to be captured she was the one to do it. It was down to the pier they ran where the boy had first seen the dinosaur. It was an exciting quest, but there was more to come as the rest of the town got wind of this amazing creature. In the vet's haste to rush to the seashore the priest wanted to know what all the fuss was about. He soon was on his pulpit telling his congregation about the dinosaur that had been spotted on Sandy Bottom End. Each in turn told their friends and "They came with sweets and sandwiches / and soup inside a flask. / Some didn't know why they were there / but didn't want to ask." They clustered in front of the buildings at the shore awaiting whatever had been seen, but the only one for certain who knew was a little boy who had first set out the alarm. The newscasters began to arrive and the navy was not far behind. If the navy came the airforce was sure to arrive next. They all began to search for the dinosaur from morning 'til night, but he could not be found. Would they ever find this mysterious dinosaur or was there something else funny going on down at Sandy Bottom End? This is a madcap chase for a mysterious dinosaur that suddenly arrived on a foggy morning at Sandy Bottom End. The chase for an elusive dinosaur became more exciting (and a bit more silly) as the tale went on. One of my favorite sequences was when all the people clustered around not even knowing why they were there or what they were looking for or at. The illustrations were colorful and exquisitely captured the essence of the rush to see the mythical dinosaur. This is a delightful story in rhyme that is so well done it doesn't miss a beat and can be read with or without a poetic cadence. There is a nice little twist at the end of the story that will bring a smile to any reader's face. This would be a perfect story to read during circle or story time! This book courtesy of the publisher.