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When Dinosaurs Came with Everything (Junior Library Guild Selection) Hardcover – September 25, 2007

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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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About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 380L (What's this?)
  • Series: Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; First Edition (1st printing), edition (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689869223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689869228
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Very cute concept: instead of the usual little giveaways at stores (cookie, lollipop, etc) on this day, everyone is giving away dinosaurs! The kids are really excited about this, the moms not so much (until the end...). The pictures are great - the dinosaurs look realistic, but friendly. Both my kids (boy, 4 and girl, 6) love this book... and so do I!
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We now own three copies of this book. We bought this for our son for his fourth birthday. On the same day, he received it from his great Aunt, based on the recommendation of an independent book seller in North Carolina. He then received another copy from his Grandfather in New York. It is a delightful book, which must be why booksellers keep recommending it to relatives. The illustrations are fun and the text keeps my little guy engaged. The story is a wonderful fantasy for him and we both love how the Mom creatively solves the "problem" of having dinos at home. We have now given one of our extra copies as a gift and will donate the other to my son's pre-school. My 7 year old daughter loves reading this book to her little brother, so I'd recommend it for both boys and girls in various age groups. Whoever you're buying for, buy this book! It's a great one to add to your collection.
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I love this book. I picked it to read for storytime at my bookstore, and it went over well. I loved reading it. It had a lot of voice, and for dino obsessed kids, its great because it names a bunch of the different species names and the boy narrates the book, so it is relatable. :) Very fun for boys and girls!
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A very funny fantasy in which a boy, bored with going on errands with his mother, is surprised to discover that rather than the lollipops and balloons he is used to receiving, all the businesses they visit are giving out free living dinosaurs with all purchases. On receiving these high-maintenance pets, his mother is initially horrified, but allows the animals to follow them home (although she does curtail the errrands). The boy makes them at home in his backyard, and when his mother discovers that they can do chores she comes to accept them as "part of the family."

The easygoing behemoths are depicted in life size, and the boy describes them by their scientific names, and reality is suspended not only in that they exist in modern times but also that even the biggest predators are very mild-mannered. It is nice that the boy takes responsibility for his giant pets, and that the mark of becoming part of the family is that they begin contributing to the household. The story is pleasingly illustrated and winningly plays on the natural fascination children have for dinosaurs -- almost a sure winner.
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This is the most adorable book! I've purchased it for several children in my family, and they all love it. The story is unique and imaginative, and will appeal to not just dinosaur fans but to any child who pretends the impossible can come true. As a parent, it is also fun to read aloud and did not get old even after weeks of nightly reading. Definitely one of our new favorites.
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This book is fabulous!! My son got this when he was a baby and now at almost three he asks to read it all the time. It's such a cute and funny story. We've given this for birthday gifts several times.
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Did I enjoy this book: When Dinosaurs came with Everything is a really great book! It has a fun and silly story for the kids and enough humor to keep the adults reading the book happy as well.

Our favorite part was that the story made us believe that one day we might walk into our favorite grocery store and instead of getting a free cookie, we might get a dinosaur! In fact, this story prompted some science discussion with my three-year-old to ensure that he understood even though dinosaurs are real, they lived a very long time ago (and stores don’t give them away). “But Mum,” he argued, “we have a backyard too . . . they could live there!”

The illustrations are a perfect complement to this goofy story, and the dinosaurs are well-crafted (even though they are cartoony). The font placement and sizes added to the effect, making us understand the mother’s disdain for the giant reptiles that were following her home.
The ending is cute, and I like that the underlying lesson is that being part of a family means helping out, even if you are a dinosaur!

Would I recommend it: This is a great book for a quick, silly read. It would be especially good for any children who REALLY like dinosaurs! I’d say go for it!

As reviewed by Sara at Every Free Chance Books.
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I purchased this book for my 4yo daughter. it has become a favorite. It is well written and funny. It has become my new must gift book, esp for the 4/5 year old crowd. It isn't often that a book comes along that we both love but this book is! A true gem!
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