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Buying, Training, and Caring for Your Dinosaur Hardcover – October 13, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375836799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375836794
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 11.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—The opening spread, filled with smiling dinosaurs and children's faces, sets the tone for this tongue-in-cheek guide: "There is a dino for every kid, and a kid for every dino." The ensuing, satisfyingly large spreads focus on qualities readers may be looking for in a pet and the dinosaurs that best meet those needs. Children in the market for a winged dino will learn that the Pteranodon (pronunciation guide included) will help them catch fly balls at the baseball stadium and has a "long fourth finger perfect for removing unnecessary broccoli from dinner plates." After a tour of five popular varieties, advice is offered on keeping a pet comfortable, clean, and obedient—well, not very obedient. There are recommendations on exercising and traveling with a dino and suggestions about when to take one to school. While the book's approach is best for a kindergarten audience, the snarky, ironic tone is more suited to an older audience. Brown helps the cause with vivid monoprint with gouache artwork—some of his best illustrations to date. His overly enthusiastic, sweet-faced, humongous patterned dinosaurs are—in defiance of natural history—irresistibly delicious.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY END

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Review, Booklist: "This starter guide will come in handy, whether kids are in the market for a new fantasy pet or just a fun read-aloud ....Youngsters will quickly become absorbed in this enjoyable mix of facts, fantasy, and fossils." 

Review, Kirkus Reviews: "From dino descriptions to basic commands—"STAY (Ha!)"—to exercising your dino and taking it to school, it's a cheery descendant of Bernard Most's classic If the Dinosaurs Came Back (1978)." 

Review, School Library Journal: "[Marc] Brown helps the cause with ... some of his best illustrations to date. His overly enthusiastic, sweet-faced, humongous patterned dinosaurs are ... irresistibly delicious." 

Review, Palo Alto Weekly: "Kids love dinosaurs. Yet with 16,000 dinosaur books already on the market, is there any need for a new one? Yep, when it's as clever and eye-poppingly colorful as this, by Palo Alto author Laura Rennert, illustrated by Marc Brown ("Arthur"). All the popular dinosaur species are described according to their attributes as household pets. There are tips on purchasing a dino and traveling with one. And for playing—because as all kids know, 'Dinos are for fun!'"

Review, Austin American-Statesman: "The warm, witty Buying, Training & Caring for Your Dinosaur apes a training manual for kids who have a new "little" friend as a pet...Illustrator Marc Brown, the creator of the Arthur books that inspired the PBS show of the same name, experimented with a new technique for the book's illustrations—monoprinting, a printmaking style that creates singular images more like paintings. Vibrant color choices keep the mood light, as befits the concept: After all, it's not every dinosaur book that reminds us about pteranodon's long fourth finger, which is 'perfect for removing unnecessary broccoli from dinner plates.'"
      

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I know this book will happily be read multiple times in our house.
B. Blecherman
Inspired writing and hilarious illustrations make dinosaur ownership seem like it just might be more than wishful thinking.
judy
Whether your kids are dino-obsessed or not, they will learn about dinosaurs and pet care from this clever book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Noeth on November 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Getting a pet is a gigantic responsibility, and buying, training, and caring decisions should never be taken lightly. Dogs, goldfish, cats, parakeets, iguanas, ferrets, tarantulas, bunnies, slugs - you name it. Such new friends require only sound and sophisticated planning. A quality how-to guide serves as an invaluable resource in proactive awareness. Unfortunately, manuals of this kind - for unclear reasons - often avoid the most hard-to-handle creatures.

But wait! Children fear no longer. The book you have been waiting for is finally here. Ease worries and answer questions. With comprehensive instructions, clear pictures, and a blend of genres, Rennert and Brown will walk you through the big pet process. Although difficult, dinosaurs are the most rewarding pets. Don't be in the dark any longer.

Creative and witty, BUYING, TRAINING, AND CARING fosters conscious pet owners for both imaginary and real animals. Who said theory can't become applicable? Dinosaurs make wonder pets, and responsibility can be fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Owen on February 11, 2010
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Children love their pets, get excited about the world around them, and are challenged by the science of our world. In this book, "Buying, Training, and Caring for Your Dinosaur", Laura Rennert gives children the best (and most fun parts) of all three. What could be more exciting than having your very own dinosaur, but of course, you need to know which one to pick for your home, how to care for it, and most importantly how to train it to be a great home pet! The author, Laura Rennert excites you with the challenges, teaches you about the different dinosaurs - and makes you think of the times these beautiful beasts roamed the earth. The illustrations by Marc Brown titillate and add to the thrill. This is a children's best seller - can't wait for her next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maryland Mom on February 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Buying, Training, and Caring for Your Dinosaur is a 'must read' for anyone with children and for anyone who loves dinosaurs! This marvelous book takes you on an incredible journey into the world of dinosaurs and the responsibilities and joys of pet ownership. It is a beautifully rendered and illustrated story that captivates the minds of young readers and makes learning facts about dinosaurs accessible and fun. The books unique illustrations by Marc Brown and humorous narrative by Laura Rennert will make you laugh out loud. This book gets five stars, and should be on everyone's wish list!
- Maryland Mom
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Laura Joy Rennert has written an exciting dinosaur book that takes a new look at dinosaurs.
If you were to buy a dinosaur, which would be best suited for you? This book will help you find out!
My son is 5 and a budding paleontologist. I was quite impressed that there was even a dinosaur in here that he had not heard of! He looked very carefully at every page, beautifully illustrated by Marc Brown. I could see him concentrating and considering which dinosaur would be best for him.
We thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book and there is no question that we will read it over and over again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Meyers on December 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Five stars! Both of my kids (ages 10 and 6) loved this book. Finally, a book about dinosaurs that's great for kids of all ages. This adorable book has appeal for little kids (they love the idea of dinosaurs as pets) and older kids (interesting facts about a variety of dinosaurs, and not just the usual ones). And, of course, it's funny! Where else can you read about using a diplodocus as a roller coaster? I'd recommend this as a great gift for any dino-phile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan on November 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'll pick up anything that Marc Brown illustrates - and "Caring for your Dinosaur" is not only beautiful, but a good story too! If your child is anything like mine, Dinosaurs are an object of endless fascination. This book treats Dino like any other pet, and provides step by step instructions on how to integrate your pet Dino into your life. A fabulous first book from Ms. Rennert, and the perfect bed time read for your three year old Dino-maniac!
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