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Boo's Dinosaur Hardcover – September 19, 2006

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3–This charming early chapter book tells the story of a girl who finds a dinosaur when she goes outside to play. Boo insists that she needs a particular book from the library to read to it, and then that she and her older brother, Sammy, must jump on her bed so that the dinosaur can see them through the window. In true older-sibling fashion, the boy at first tries to deter her but is eventually forced to give in or come to some sort of compromise. Brookss illustrations show the action as well as Boos flights of fancy. Byars takes full advantage of short words and sentences, helping readers to see themselves both in Boos plays for attention and Sammys desire for some peace and quiet. In the end, when Boo has to give up her dinosaur, she and Sammy share a lovely moment of mutual understanding. A natural recommendation for graduates of Syd Hoffs Danny and the Dinosaur (HarperCollins, 1958), this book is a welcome addition.–Adrienne Furness, Webster Public Library, NY
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About the Author

Betsy Byars, a Newbery Medal winner for The Summer of the Swans, is the author of many popular books for children. She and her husband live in South Carolina.

Erik Brooks illustrated Monkey Business, by Shirley Climo, among other books. He lives with his wife and daughter in Winthrop, Washington.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 280L (What's this?)
  • Series: Boo's Dinosaur
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805079580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805079586
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,587,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this for my niece for Christmas on a recommendation, but also because the cover was so cheerful. I knew I was buying the paperback, but I didn't realize inside there was no color. I blame myself for not researching it better, but I really expected a children's book to have colored illustrations. It just looks like corners were cut. The content itself is pretty good. It fit my niece's situation with having an older brother and wanting to have something that's just hers. I haven't asked how she likes the story yet. If I could go back, I'd order the hardback book (assuming the inside of the hardback doesn't have lackluster illustrations too), but it was too close to Christmas to make an exchange.
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Format: Paperback
My 1st grader struggles with his confidence when it comes to reading. I selected this book because the dinosaur concept appeals to him. He took one look at the page which looks like a young-reader's chapter book (about 40 words on the page, 7 lines, font maybe 16) and refused to try at first. After some encouragement, he gave it a go and had great success! The word choices were good for an 'at goal' or maybe even slightly below skill level 1st grader reader (I'm not a teacher though so take my judgment with a grain of salt) and there was lots of word repetition for skill development. I think this was the longest book he's ever read and it boosted his confidence for chapter reading!
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Format: Hardcover
BIG HIT with my 7yo DS and 3yo DD, whose favorite dinosaur, like the little sister in the book, is a parasorolophus. Wonderful that the sister repeatedly asks her older bro to play with her and that twice he declines because he's reading--that choice enthralled my son (who is a reluctant reader himself). This story just rang true for us: very sweet, not a mean bone in it, and was entirely too short. Sequel, please!
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