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If You Give a T-Rex a Bone Hardcover – September 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Pubns (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584690976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584690979
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,439,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Follow this brave young fellow back through time as he encounters a dozen or so dinosaurs in their natural habitats. Giving a T-rex a bone will only anger him, so you better run into the underbrush. But there you might encounter a dimetrodon with knife-like teeth and powerful jaws, so you better slip into a nearby bay. But there you may attract a kronosaurus, also with big teeth and a taste for small boys. This amusing story leads in a toothy circle of dinos back to the T-rex. The book closes with 'Tim Talks to Dinos' and informative pictured glossary giving more detail about each creature. Activity ideas and a list of dino books and websites round out this offering from the Nevada City publisher. --Connie Goldsmith, California Kids!

If You Could Give a T-Rex a Bone reminds me exactly of the dreams I had as a kid. Dreams that were my first tentative steps towards my dream job in paleontology. I had great fun traveling back in geologic time and my own time. --Carl Mehling, Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History

What do you think a Tyrannosaurus rex would do if you if you offered him a bone? Author Tim Myers explains that the T-rex would be mad because it wouldn't be proper nourishment, so you'd have to run into the underbrush and hide. But there, you might meet a Dimetrodon, so you'd have to jump into a nearby bay. But there, you might see a Kronosaurus, so you'd have to swim into a river. But there, you might be spotted by a Dakosaurus, so you'd have to climb a ridge. But there, a Quetzalcoatlus might dive at you, so you'd have to fling yourself into the ocean. But there, you might run into a Shonisaurus, so you'd have to swim to the beach. But there, you might happen upon a Dilophosaurus, so you'd have to return to the bushes. But there--well, you get the idea. And where is that pesky T-rex?

Children seem to be fascinated by reading and learning about dinosaurs. With a 'tip o' the hat' to Laura Numeroff, If You Give a T-Rex a Bone, which was a finalist for the ForeWord Best Children's Picture Book, is a really neat story that youngsters will enjoy reading and that will introduce them to factual information about various kinds of dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles, which Anise Claire Hovemann's full color illustrations will help them to visualize. In the back of the book, there are two pages where 'Tim Talks Dinos' providing additional material about each of the creatures in the story. There is also another page of 'Dino Fun' with interactive exercises and a list of 'Some great Dino books and websites' for further research. Any child who loves dinosaurs will love this book. --Wayne S. Walker, Stories for Children Magazine

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Format: Hardcover
REVIEWED BY: Wayne S. Walker, reviewer with Stories for Children Magazine

What do you think a Tyrannosaurus rex would do if you if you offered it a bone? Author Tim Myers explains that the T-rex would be mad because it wouldn't be proper nourishment, so you'd have to run into the underbrush and hide. But there, you might meet a Dimetrodon, so you'd have to jump into a nearby bay. But there, you might see a Kronosaurus, so you'd have to swim into a river. But there, you might be spotted by a Dakosaurus, so you'd have to climb a ridge. But there, a Quetzalcoatlus might dive at you, so you'd have to fling yourself into the ocean. But there, you might run into a Shonisaurus, so you'd have to swim to the beach. But there, you might happen upon a Dilophosaurus, so you'd have to return to the bushes. But there--well, you get the idea. And where is that pesky T-rex?

Children seem to be fascinated by reading and learning about dinosaurs. With a "tip o' the hat" to Laura Numeroff, If You Give a T-Rex a Bone, which was a finalist for the ForeWord Best Children's Picture Book, is a really neat story that youngsters will enjoy reading and that will teach them information about various kinds of dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles, which Anise Claire Hovemann's full-color illustrations will help them to visualize. In the back of the book, there are two pages entitled "Tim Talks Dinos," which provides additional material about each of the creatures in the story. There is also another page of "Dino Fun" that features interactive exercises and a list of "Some Great Dino Books and Websites" for further research. Any child who loves dinosaurs will love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patti on October 17, 2007
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My family loves this book. My girls (ages 9 and 5) were not into dinosaurs - until we read this book together. It's entertaining and educational.
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By Window Shopping on February 14, 2011
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My son, who is almost 5, adores this book. He got it for his last birthday and he chose it as THE present to give at the last 3 birthdays we've been to. What makes it a hit is the very conversational narrative tone. It sounds like an enthusiastic, smart 8 year old just talking about dinosaurs. It's not cutesy but COOL. Always sparks a discussion about meat-eaters and the relative size of each dinosaur. Will be a keeper on our bookshelf for years.
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More About the Author

Tim Myers is a writer, songwriter, storyteller, and senior lecturer at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. His ebook "Glad to Be Dad: A Call to Fatherhood" (Familius) won the inaugural Ben Franklin Digital Award and is out in a print version. He recently placed a full-length poetry collection, "Dear Beast Loveliness: Poems of the Body," with BlazeVox Press. His children's books have won recognition from The New York Times, NPR, the Smithsonian, Nickelodeon, and others. He's published over 120 poems, won a first prize in a poetry contest judged by John Updike, has a poetry chapbook out ("That Mass at Which the Tongue Is Celebrant"), won a major prize in science fiction, has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and has published much other fiction and non-fiction for children, adolescents, and adults. He also won the 2012 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Fiction, and the West Coast Songwriters Saratoga Chapter Song of the Year award.

His website is www.TimMyersStorySong.com.

Check out his YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/TimJMyers

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