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Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please!? Paperback – February 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Troll Communications (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816733872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816733873
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.3 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In plaintive tones usually reserved for requesting a pony or puppy, the narrator of this inventive tale begs for a prehistoric pet. As Grambling (A Hundred Million Reasons for Owning an Elephant) lists the benefits of beast ownership, Lewis's (Santabear's First Christmas) accomplished full-bleed spreads show the boy enjoying the company of the lumbering herbivore?sneaking it "yucky vegetables" at the table, pitting it against his friends in tug-of-war, going trick-or-treating under its looming shadow ("Who'd pick on a little Stegosaurus... when a BIG STEGOSAURUS was with him?"). For the most part, the fantasy dino is cuddly, with expressive eyes that convey dog-like friendliness. But several drawings are spooky?Lewis's pastel compositions, with their cloudy, monochrome backgrounds and detailed foregrounds, emphasize the creature's ground-shaking bulk. Later, after the pleading, comes the punch line: "Yesterday I found this GIGANTIC egg.... And it's beginning to crack open...." The only thing missing from this humorous romp is the would-be pet proprietor's promise to feed and walk the hatchling. Ages 3-6.
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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2?A young boy begs his mother for a pet dinosaur, listing all its imaginative and practical uses?to squash scary monsters in his closet at night, to eat his "yucky" vegetables at dinner, to take his class to the museum piggyback, etc. The friendly stegosaurus cavorts through the book's oversized double-page spreads with aplomb, easily accomplishing the child's every wish. The surprise ending is reminiscent of Judith Viorst's poem, "Mother Doesn't Want a Dog," and will evoke chuckles from readers. The text's repeated use of the title's refrain, the large illustrations, and the popular subject matter all add up to a good selection for story time, and an entertaining book for young dinosaur aficionados. Slight but amusing.?Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

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Cute book with wonderful illustrations.
Mary Vuong
My dino puppet has the same "surprise" dino that apppears at the end of the story which excites the kids all the more.
SPS
His Nanna got it for him for Christmas last year and it is probably the most read book we have.
Mandi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Make sure you read it with a whine in your voice just like the one they always use in the toy store!! Hysterically funny!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Our 4 and 1/2 year old twin boys and their 3 year old little brother love this story! They can really relate to the whinning little boy and the way he tries to justify owning a stegosaurus. His ingenuity and perserverance are quite admirable. My boys love the suprise ending! This is a great story to read out loud as long as you can pronounce the names of all the dinosaurs correctly! If not, the children will be sure to correct you!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
I teach preschool (ages 3 -6). Everytime I read this book to the group at circle time, I always get a great response. They really enjoy this book(probably the older ones more so than the younger ones). I think it has to do with the way it is read aloud. I get into it, especially the "Can I have a stegosaurus Mom? Can I please? If I had a stegosaurus Mom..." Overall we all seem to like it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mandi on November 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
His Nanna got it for him for Christmas last year and it is probably the most read book we have. It makes him laugh and laugh, but you have to be sure and use funny voices![.] As far as the yucky vegetables part goes, just don't read yucky, we change it to nummy!! This is a great book that I plan on giving as gifts this year!...
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My favorite dinosaur is the Stegosaurus (I'm the Nana) and have been taking care of my Grandson one day a week since he was born. He's now six and our interaction is more limited, but we always speak of "do you remember?????" When I put this under the tree from Santa, he looked up, found me in the room and "signed' I love you Nana!!!!!! Fantastic book, and although used, it doesn't matter to us!!!!!
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By Pen Name on November 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is disappointing. My daughter loves dinosaurs but I just can't bring myself to read this to her. Talking about yucky vegetables was the first red flag. After reflecting on why he wanted a stegosaurus, his reasons were mainly to use the dinosaur to cheat at games, lie/trick his mom, or threaten bullies. Not an overall good message.
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By SPS on December 9, 2010
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I love this book. I bought a dino egg puppet to support the story and I read it to my second graders each year. I love the surprise ending. My dino puppet has the same "surprise" dino that apppears at the end of the story which excites the kids all the more. Great book to add to your home and classroom library.
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By haythatsnotfunny on December 17, 2013
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I love this book! My older daughter had it and I wanted a copy for my younger daughter also. I could only find it used, so I took a chance and bought it. It came in near perfect condition! I am very happy with this purchase.
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