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Oh, Say Can You Say Di-no-saur? (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 1999
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I bought this book for my three year old and was delighted to find that it is a book that will also grow with my son. He loves the ryhmes and the illusrations. The book holds his attention while also teaching him.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2010
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This is going to be mostly a review of the whole series, with a few remarks about this particular book.

"The Cat in the Hat makes science fun and interesting!"--that's the thinking behind the whole "Cat in the Hat's Learning Library," I guess. It sounded great to me when I first came across these books. And yet it doesn't quite work. The books are maybe worth getting, but they aren't very good.

There are two big (related) problems with all of these books. Maybe the biggest is that the writing is not very good. They lamely ape the Dr. Seuss style, but they never come with even the same ballpark in terms of the creativity of the language. It seems as if the writers are scientists who had never written a poem before--a lot of the rhymes are painfully bad.

The second problem is that the spirit of Dr. Seuss generally and the Cat in the Hat particularly are missing from these books. It's as if Dr. Seuss books were written by committee--that's just so wrong! I cringe at the beginnings of these books where the Cat declares he's going to take the kids on what turns out to be a perfectly vanilla tour of some domain of knowledge, and that "your mother will not mind at all if you do." Thing 1 and Thing 2 are altogether too well-behaved. Look, if you didn't like creative, adventurous, naughty spirit of The Cat in the Hat, people, you should have chosen some other character to use to teach stuff.

Some might complain that the adventurous Cat is pressed into wholly didactic service. That doesn't bother me. I and my boy like to learn and to be taught, especially in an entertaining or interesting way (we much preferred the Magic School Bus book about dinosaurs--which, by the way, was a lot more informative). In fact, that's why these books earn three stars instead of something less. They do succeed in teaching a fair bit.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Let's put it this way, my 4 year old can now accurately pronounce the names of the dinosaurs and knows a fair amount about them. This book is wonderful. If your child is into dinosaurs this is the one book that you should get. It even gives a list of other dinosaur books that you can turn to for further reference. I'd have given it 6 stars or more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2002
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My son who will soon be five years old, loves this book. We read it three times in a row when I first purchased it and we have read it many times since. It's clever and fun and informational, too. A great addition for the dinosaur book collector.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2008
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This book is one of a number of books that have a Dr. Seuss rhyme to them but that teach some aspect of nature or the world. This one goes into Dynasaurs, others are on the human body, insects and other animals. Whereas the rhymes don't always work it does keep a childs attention and they can't help but learn something.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2010
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Our youngest grandson is really into dinosaurs and trying to find a book that is not too young or too old is very hard,especially knowing there is an abudance of books about dinosaurs out there.

I bought this book because of the rhyming and the colorful pictures and this book has become his FAVORITE book of all which I think is high praise coming from a 5 year old who has lots of books but this one really is a hit with him.

This book has become such a favorite that his mother is now ordering more books like this not only because they are so entertaining, but because the kids are learning facts at the same time which to me is a huge plus.

I highly recommend this book for any 5 year old interested in this subject!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Read this book if you want to truly appreciate the brilliance of Theodore Geisel, because that is what is missing (somewhat grotesquely) here.

The rhymes are forced and unimaginative. The meters are crude and regularly just don't work. The "whimsy" is unappealing, to say the least. The drawings are serviceable, but reduce Seuss's images to blank types without much imagination. (And just who is using military imagery -- a pop-gun tank -- in a post-Butter-Battle world?)

I give it two stars just because my kids enjoy reading about dinosaurs, though I steer them back to the real Seuss (which they do genuinely enjoy more -- albeit maybe because I enjoy them more) whenever possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2009
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My daughter and I both saw this book in the store. She really wanted the book but I wanted to wait. Well after seeing it on Amazon.com I bought it to see how things went.
She absolutely loved the book and has me read it to her every other night. She is getting the whole idea of the book and what they are talking about which is awesome to see. The book really shows great examples of dinosaurs and makes it easy for kids at any age to begin to understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Where the original Seuss was magically rhythmic, these is sloppy and forced. I appreciate them trying to meld most young boy's (and probably a fair percentage of girls) favorite things, but it comes across as a good idea really poorly executed. I don't think that we were expecting the clever playfulness with words that Dr. Seuss is known for, but a bit more of an attempt would have been nice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2010
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My 2 boys (3 & 2 year old) are really into Dinosaurs for 2 years now. They just love it. So, of course, this book has them, they love it! To me, they have seen more realistic dinos a lot, so it might not that fun with this one, but they still like it. Both are learning rhyming, too. So, over all it's fun for them :)
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