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When Dinosaurs Came with Everything (Junior Library Guild Selection) Hardcover – September 25, 2007
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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