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Dinosaur Pet Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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In this follow-up to Neil Sedaka's Waking Up Is Hard to Do, Sedaka fils reimagines his father's 1961 hit "Calendar Girl" as the story of a boy who hatches a dinosaur egg in his bedroom in January and revels in the ups and downs of the creature's companionship for the rest of the year: "March, at least eight times a day he's go to be fed./ April, when he sleeps with me he crushes the bed." There are rumblings that this relationship can't go on forever ("August, the cost of groceries is bleeding us dry") but the duo shows no signs of breaking up (á la Danny and the Dinosaur). Bowers (Dream Big, Little Pig!) works in lusciously hued, brushstroke-textured spreads, and his comedy is nicely underplayed--Dinosaur Pet is a well-meaning, eager-eyed behemoth who's game for vigorous tooth brushing and wearing a King Kong mask at Halloween, and who tries his best not to smash up the house with his enormous tail. The text isn't much without the accompanying music CD, which has an infectious piano shuffle and Neil Sedaka sounding as boyish as ever. --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Sedaka began studying music at the age of nine, and later catapulted to stardom with hits such as "Oh Carol," "Calendar Girl," "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen," and especially "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do." His songs "Bad Blood" and "Laughter in the Rain" both reached #1 on the music charts.
He has written over a thousand songs, received a Grammy Award for Record of the Year for "Love Will Keep Us Together," has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In his fifty plus year career, Sedaka has sold over sixty million records. But he does not rest on these laurels: he continues to write, record, and perform worldwide.
Sedaka has been married for forty-seven years to his wife, Leba, and they have two children and three grandchildren. Marc Sedaka is a successful comedy writer for both film and TV. His credits include New Line Cinema's Overnight Delivery starring Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd, CBS's King of Queens, and NBC's Inside Schwartz. The proud father of three young children, Marc spends most of his time playing with dolls, building puzzles, and, of course, introducing a whole new generation of music lovers to his father’s wonderful songs.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a fun book that my students love to hear again and again and sing along with from the start. The music is peppy and fun.
I recommend this book for kids 3-8
However, the book is very poor quality and up to repeated handling by children. The binding was falling apart within two days and the pages can be ripped fairly easily. We had the book less than a week and it had already turned it a patchwork job of packaging tape.
Also, the CD is two other songs on it. Our son is only interested in the title track, which I'm fine with. the other two songs didn't seem like anything special. The second song is a pretty sad song about a kid's best friend moving away. An abrupt 180 degree shift from the upbeat and silly Dinosaur Pet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was a teenager when Neil Sedaka's "Calendar Girl" was a hit. I loved that catchy song then and I love to be able to share the tune, with different words, of course, with... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Diana G. Dennis
An absolutely WONDERFUL singalong book. I teach elementary general music, and I occasionally like to end class time with a song book. This is one my kids beg for every time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Megan
My child loves the book, but the cd it came with will not play on any machine I have, I've tried the car CD player, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox 360, my laptop, it just says... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrew Trent