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Who says there's no improving on success? Not funnyman author-illustrator William Joyce, who has just added 16 pages of mirth to Dinosaur Bob: And His Adventures with the Family Lazardo (HarperCollins/Geringer, $16, 48p, ages 4-8 ISBN 0-06-021074-5). This expanded version of the popular tale (originally published in 1988) even includes a song: "The Ballad of Dinosaur Bob," sung to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne." Can the music video be far behind?
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
PreSchool-Grade 3 This droll tale of dinosaur ``pethood'' will bring to mind various animal predicaments from other books about oversized creatures: Bridwell's ``Clifford the Big Red Dog'' series (Scholastic) for example, or Kellogg's The Mysterious Tadpole (Dial, 1977). Bob the dinosaur is a friendly sort, who plays the trumpet, can scare off burglars, and loves to play baseball. But his playful antics result in trouble when the police arrest him for chasing cars with his dog friends and disturbing the peace. His baseball skills come to the rescue when he helps the Pimlico Pirates win their opening game. Bob is forgiven and joins the Lazardo family in a musical cookout celebration under the stars. The illustrations, more than the plot, are what will stick in readers' minds. Deep, rich colors and Bob's smooth, verdant hide add a sort of dreamy quality to the pictures, which complement the understated humor of the story. The setting seems to be based more on images from old movies than any one era, giving an added dimension of humor. The pictures have a picaresque quality similar to, but not as stylized as, Roy Gerrard's work in The Favershams (Farrar, 1987). Overall, a nice choice for a young child's bedtime story, or an older child's reading and perusal. Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As expected. Some light wear but no damage. Excellent story for my preschooler.Published 27 days ago by Elizabeth M
One of the best kid board books - each of our kids enjoyed the Adventures of Dinosaur Bob. Nice illustrations too.Published 1 month ago by Joe Charlotte
This story sort of makes you wish you had a 'terrible lizard' of your own in your back yard.Published 7 months ago by Alated Lady
A fun illogical fantasy of a wealthy family bringing a dinosaur home from Africa. It sees a dog chasing a car and mimics the dog. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Persop
Wiliiam Joyce is one of my favorite artists. His whimsical and positive outlook expressed in his creations make me smile every time. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Walter W. Lee