PreSchool-Grade 1—In a playful take on the stickers and lollipops that bored kids sweep up at businesses as parents do errands, Broach imagines what would happen if a dinosaur were the giveaway of the day. A boy's increasing delight at the freebies he collects from the bakery, the doctor, and barber contrast with his mother's increasing panic and dismay as the lumbering beasts start to accumulate. When they acquire the fourth behemoth, Mom decides that the errands are done and whisks everyone home. Once there, she finds some unique ways to put the stegosaurus, triceratops, hadrosaur, and pterosaur to good use doing household chores. Small's sketchy, tongue-in-cheek watercolor-and-ink artwork perfectly captures the boy's exuberance, the dinosaurs' mass, and the hubbub that a city full of these reptiles would create. Dinosaur lovers will enjoy seeing their favorite creatures pictured and named, though the book's appeal won't just be for them. Both listeners and independent readers will appreciate the humor in the text, and the book will spark imaginations and discussions on what else might make great giveaways.—Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI
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Elise Broach lives with her family in rural Connecticut, where she writes books for children and teens, including When Dinosaurs Came With Everything, Shakespeare’s Secret and Wet Dog!, and serves in town government. Visit Elise at www.elisebroach.com.
David Small is the Caldecott Award–winning illustrator of So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George. He also received Caldecott Honors for The Gardener by Sarah Stewart and One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo. He’s illustrated dozens of other award-winning books, including That Book Woman by Heather Henson and The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, and lives in Michigan with his wife, Sarah Stewart.
Great, funny story with fabulous illustrations. Household favorite.Published 8 months ago by Lori A.
For all the little dinosaur lovers, this is a dream come true. Errands with mom turn into a day full of pleasant surprises for the little boy when he gets a dinosaur at every... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Euridice
I've read this to kids from nursery to third graders and they love it!Published 10 months ago by Schnelli
This is one of our very favorite books! It is so fun to read. A delightful story!Published 11 months ago by Brianna Brown
I bought this book from the bargain bin at my local grocery store. I figured for 2 bucks it was on if it wasn't a great book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by ACar_CA
I am an elementary school librarian and my students love this story. They sit mesmerized while I read it and I can see the wheels turning as they imagine what it would be like... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Deborah Harrington