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Tyrannoclaus Hardcover – September 22, 2009

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PreSchool-Grade 1–&'Twas the night before Christmas in dinosaur land./Tyrannoclaus hurried, his helpers at hand begins this entertaining twist on &The Night Before Christmas. At the North Pole, a sleeping volcano erupts, spewing fiery ash and lava as Tyrannoclaus and his team are trying to take flight. Undeterred, these dynamic dinos &plunge through the fire, the smoke and the steam to deliver their Christmas gifts to all the dinosaur boys and girls. Shroades's dynamic mixed-media digitalized cartoons enhance the text. Dino enthusiasts will delight in this unique holiday treat.–Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library END

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061170542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061170546
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janet Lawler's critically acclaimed children's books, published by major, specialty, and mid-publishers, include If Kisses Were Colors, Snowzilla, A Father's Song, A Mother's Song, Tyrannoclaus, and Silly Ghosts. She has written a non-fiction counting book for National Geographic, featuring undersea photographs by award-winning photo journalist Brian Skerry. Her next picture book, Love Is Real, will be published by HarperCollins.

Janet's love of family, nature, and "all things silly" inspires much of her writing. Her family shares their home in Connecticut with a dog, a lizard, and assorted wildlife visiting the backyard.

Janet enjoys visiting schools and libraries. Visit her website at

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All mama dinosaurs tell their little dino children that if they are especially good during the year Tyrannoclaus will bring toys to all good boys and girls. A little apatosaurus looked wistfully up toward the North Pole at the volcanic "crater bowl" where he knew Tyrannoclaus's helpers were making toys just for him. The moon was full and the stars were bright, but not quite as bright as the eyes of a little one who still believed, because it "`Twas the night before Christmas in dinosaur land" and Rapto, Rexy, Mimus and Saurus would soon be pulling that sleigh into the sky. In the meantime the helpers scurried to finish up the last minute details on toys and wrap them up. The toys were loaded on the sleigh, but something began to rumble on the Pole . . .

"The mountain erupted! Tyrannoclaus stopped,
the sleigh stuck in lava that sizzled and popped.
His beard singed with embers, he tried to push off.
His eyes began stinging. He started to cough."

Tyrannoclaus began to struggle with the reins of his sleigh as the flames whipped, rolled and whirled around them. The sleigh was heavy with presents for the little dinos. The list was long and "the youngsters all snored ... while dreaming of goodies, they rumbled and roared" but were Makia, Anato, Ichthy, Viloi, Brachi, Rapto, Plesio, Bront, Stego Tyra, Spino, Alli, Trike, Demi, Anki, Pachy and all the other dinosaur children going to be disappointed? Watch out, watch out!

This whimsical tale will delight parents and WOW the young dino lover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. L. Stevens on December 28, 2009
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I ordered this book for several youngsters this holiday season and heard back from their Moms - it has quickly become the Christmas favorite! The suspenseful story, engaging rhymes, and wonderful artwork kept little ones glued to the pages throughout. At first I thought it would appeal mostly to boys but was surprised to hear that it is universally loved by kids of all ages. This is sure to become a classic and I'm looking forward to ordering more next Christmas when I search for a gift that isn't a fad but will have lasting value. Great fun to read out loud!
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By VeryTiredMama on January 27, 2014
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Well, I guess that should be obvious, but nonetheless, I think the authors could have done a better job with the story line, it's clumsy and contrived, but the meter is good (bad meter always interferes with my reading aloud and bugs me no end). Illustrations are neat, but there is danger and lava, for the children who can't handle such threats to Santa, I'd stay away from this one.
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