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Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please!? Paperback – February 1, 1998

4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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From Publishers Weekly

In plaintive tones usually reserved for requesting a pony or puppy, the narrator of this inventive tale begs for a prehistoric pet. As Grambling (A Hundred Million Reasons for Owning an Elephant) lists the benefits of beast ownership, Lewis's (Santabear's First Christmas) accomplished full-bleed spreads show the boy enjoying the company of the lumbering herbivore?sneaking it "yucky vegetables" at the table, pitting it against his friends in tug-of-war, going trick-or-treating under its looming shadow ("Who'd pick on a little Stegosaurus... when a BIG STEGOSAURUS was with him?"). For the most part, the fantasy dino is cuddly, with expressive eyes that convey dog-like friendliness. But several drawings are spooky?Lewis's pastel compositions, with their cloudy, monochrome backgrounds and detailed foregrounds, emphasize the creature's ground-shaking bulk. Later, after the pleading, comes the punch line: "Yesterday I found this GIGANTIC egg.... And it's beginning to crack open...." The only thing missing from this humorous romp is the would-be pet proprietor's promise to feed and walk the hatchling. Ages 3-6.
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PreSchool-Grade 2?A young boy begs his mother for a pet dinosaur, listing all its imaginative and practical uses?to squash scary monsters in his closet at night, to eat his "yucky" vegetables at dinner, to take his class to the museum piggyback, etc. The friendly stegosaurus cavorts through the book's oversized double-page spreads with aplomb, easily accomplishing the child's every wish. The surprise ending is reminiscent of Judith Viorst's poem, "Mother Doesn't Want a Dog," and will evoke chuckles from readers. The text's repeated use of the title's refrain, the large illustrations, and the popular subject matter all add up to a good selection for story time, and an entertaining book for young dinosaur aficionados. Slight but amusing.?Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Troll Communications (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816733872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816733873
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.3 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Make sure you read it with a whine in your voice just like the one they always use in the toy store!! Hysterically funny!!!
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Our 4 and 1/2 year old twin boys and their 3 year old little brother love this story! They can really relate to the whinning little boy and the way he tries to justify owning a stegosaurus. His ingenuity and perserverance are quite admirable. My boys love the suprise ending! This is a great story to read out loud as long as you can pronounce the names of all the dinosaurs correctly! If not, the children will be sure to correct you!
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I teach preschool (ages 3 -6). Everytime I read this book to the group at circle time, I always get a great response. They really enjoy this book(probably the older ones more so than the younger ones). I think it has to do with the way it is read aloud. I get into it, especially the "Can I have a stegosaurus Mom? Can I please? If I had a stegosaurus Mom..." Overall we all seem to like it.
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A great book aside from the first few pages, which may introduce children to the idea of hating "yucky vegetables" and being afraid of the dark.

We're doing small re-writes to those pages, which works for us, but I wish they weren't there - it makes it hard to recommend to others, which I would otherwise do whole-heartedly!
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My favorite dinosaur is the Stegosaurus (I'm the Nana) and have been taking care of my Grandson one day a week since he was born. He's now six and our interaction is more limited, but we always speak of "do you remember?????" When I put this under the tree from Santa, he looked up, found me in the room and "signed' I love you Nana!!!!!! Fantastic book, and although used, it doesn't matter to us!!!!!
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His Nanna got it for him for Christmas last year and it is probably the most read book we have. It makes him laugh and laugh, but you have to be sure and use funny voices![.] As far as the yucky vegetables part goes, just don't read yucky, we change it to nummy!! This is a great book that I plan on giving as gifts this year!...
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I love this book! My older daughter had it and I wanted a copy for my younger daughter also. I could only find it used, so I took a chance and bought it. It came in near perfect condition! I am very happy with this purchase.
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Very cute! I absolutely love this book and can't wait for my son to be able to enjoy it too. He's only 6 months old so it's quite a bit advanced for him now, but I just love it and I know that he will too someday!
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