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PreSchool-Grade 1—A boy goes to the new Dino Pets store and walks home with the biggest dinosaur available. However, when he discovers that the creature can't fit into his house, he returns to the shop (receipt in hand) to get another pet, "the fastest dino/I could get." Unfortunately, this one dons size 55½ sneakers and runs away. Next, he chooses the longest dino for sale, with equally unhappy results, and so on, until the store's stock is depleted. The youngster sadly returns home only to find that the creatures are all there, waiting for him. The simple story is told in rhyming couplets that don't always scan well, and the rhymes are occasionally stretched (e.g., "pocket" and "locked it"). The highlight of the tale is the skillfully rendered and entertaining double-page artwork, which is similar in tone and appearance to Mark Teague's illustrations in Jane Yolen's "How Do Dinosaurs" books (Scholastic). The longest dinosaur allows himself to be used as a piece of playground equipment for climbing, swinging, and sliding children. The scariest dino bursts into tears when it observes the boy's family running away in terror. Brief facts about the featured species are appended. Despite the text's uneven cadence, the subject matter and humorous art will appeal to children.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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The rhyming text and Kendall's wonderfully creative illustrations will keep young readers riveted. -Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (May 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525477780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525477785
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lynn Plourde is the author of numerous kids' books. Most are funny, but some will make you cry. She's a word-player: highfalutin fidgeting, fiddling, fuddling, and foopling. She even makes up words: shmuffle, rizzle, and puckery-smuckery. She's written about those who inspire: a biography of Margaret Chase Smith and a graphic novel about Donn Fendler and his miraculous survival saga. She's a teaching author who has done hundreds of visits to schools where she shares her books interactively, acts some out as plays, and teaches writing mini-lessons (i.e. copycat stories, problem stories, character stories, fables, graphic novel scenes). Having worked more than two decades as a speech-language therapist, Lynn utilizes the knowledge of sounds and instructional skills she gained from that earlier profession in her career as a kids' book author. Lynn is a native Mainer who frequently uses her home state as inspiration when writing about moose, muddy ruds, the four seasons, Mount Katahdin, and being "at one" with nature. She lives in Winthrop, Maine, with her husband. You can learn more about her at her website: www.lynnplourde.com

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Perfect for dinosaur lovers of all ages.
ChrysArt
My three-year old son absolutely loves this book.
Goofy JW
The pictures are just beautiful and so detailed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ChrysArt on July 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A great book to get kids interested in dinosaurs and for little ones to understand the concept of size. My [...] girl loves dinosaurs so this was the perfect book for her. The illustrations are beautiful with so many details that kids would just love to examine. Perfect for dinosaur lovers of all ages.
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By Cats In Space on February 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
I recently came across this book at the library and remembered using it in my classroom when I was a preschool teacher. I had used Dino Pets with one- and two-year-olds during our unit on dinosaurs, and they always enjoyed it. Dino Pets follows a young boy who takes home all different kinds of dinosaurs for pets, but none of them works out. He picks the biggest dino, the smallest, the longest, the scariest, but either they don’t fit in his house, they run away, or they frighten his family. He runs out of dinosaurs to get from the pet shop and is sad, but in the end, all the dinos come back to him because, “No one likes to sleep alone.” This is a cute story about trying to find just the right pet that adds in the clever turn of the pets being dinosaurs. I like that it shows an assortment of dinosaurs that are not often used in other books, and an author’s note at the back tells the name of each dinosaur featured in the book as well as some information about it. Kids may enjoy listening to the rhyme in Dino Pets and seeing the funny scenes when the dinosaurs interact with humans. Kendall’s bright and friendly illustrations really bring the story to life and don’t make the dinosaurs seem scary. I only rated this 4 out of 5 stars because the rhyme beats aren't always even.This is a fun, imaginative, and educational book.
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After having checked this book out at the library, I bought this book for my granddaughter, who inherited her love of dinosaurs from her daddy! We have read it over and over again and is one of my favorite children's books ever! The pictures are just beautiful and so detailed.
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Our almost 3 year old loves the book and even reads it to us. At least he pretends to read.
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By Marilyn Young on May 14, 2013
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This book was in very good condition, illustrations were hilarious and story well written. I would recommend this book to hters.
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My almost-two year old loves dinosaurs, and this is his favorite book. There's lots on every page, and he positively vibrates with excitement when we read it. And we read it every night, so I like that it is short!
For each page, he yells "Dino, roar!" and then points out something else - "bike! basketball! doggy!". He did that without any prompting from me - I'm impressed that he finds the book so interesting that he engages with it like that.

My five year old likes it too. It's simple and short enough that he can "read" it to himself. It's a great way for him to recognize common words by sight.
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