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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 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. He 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 (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 (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

I love the humor in this book and the illustrations are great.
csmum
I first read this book when I discovered a free paperback version in a box of cereal, but I ended up buying a copy as a gift for a friend.
Patrick Fisher
It is a fun book for the adult reading it as well, even if they might stumble over some of the names of the dinosaurs!
reg

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Deidre on November 21, 2007
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Long on December 25, 2007
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Meg on May 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on June 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The mystery man VINE VOICE on November 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book cracks me up! I love it! Very creative, and unlike any book I have read. You can somewhat relate it to getting a dog. My kids think it is so funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg J. Lovern on March 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Our almost-3 year old picked this book out at the library, and I read it to him and our 5-year old that night. Then they picked it for me read it to them again the next night. By the third night, when they each separately picked that book for me to read to them, I told them we were taking a break from that book that night but had to promise that I would read it to them again the next night.

The concept is great, the story is very well done, and the illustrations are excellent. It isn't just our boys that love it, my wife and I love it too. We will definately have to buy our own copy.

I cracked up my wife with a gasping, tremulous reading (to our kids, while she was sitting nearby) of what I think is the comic highlight of the book, when the boy says "I want a ..." (I'm leaving the last word out to avoid giving away the joke, and no it isn't "dinosaur" or anything similar).

If your kids like dinosaurs, and if you have a sense of humor, this book is a must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Ellis VINE VOICE on June 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If your child likes dinosaurs, he or she is going to love this book. When Dinosaurs Came with Everything is a humorous story of what can happen if a kid gets a dinosaur instead of a lollipop or balloon at various businesses around town. Of course kids would be thrilled to have stegosauruses or triceratops follow them home. Moms, on the other hand, would be less than thrilled...unless the dinosaurs could help with the household chores.

Ms. Broach's story is told with humor that even adults would appreciate. The illustrations are well done capturing all of the antics of the dinosaurs as well as the frustration of poor Mom.

My son, age four, thinks this book is great. He laughs at the story and loves looking at all of the dinosaurs in the illustrations. If your child likes dinosaurs, then this is a book you will want to add to your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hawkmoon on August 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Real dinosaurs are given as treats as a boy goes through a day of errands... get a haircut, get a balloon, right? Not today, buddy! Get a Pterosaur instead! A triceratops at the bakery! A Stegasaurus after a doctor's visit! Meanwhile, you will relate to Mom who isn't taking this so well. She avoids the diner to miss getting a T. Rex but worries about taking care of her newly acquired herpetofauna. In the clever end, she ends up giving household jobs to all of the creatures. And they don't mind, because doing chores means they are part of the family. I LOVE that line! The watercolor/line drawing artwork is really fun, complementing the story and entertaining in the details. The style is easy to read and seamless with a child's perspective (complete with nagging! and it wasn't my fault!). You can't go wrong here!
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