- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Lexile Measure: AD630L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590788761
- ISBN-13: 978-1590788769
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dear Santasaurus Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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Ernest B. Spinosaurus has been very good this year. Sure, he accidentally ruined his dad’s toothbrush with glitter glue, left his muddy socks in the fridge, and knotted his sister’s tail, but he definitely deserves to be on the nice list (257 nice things is one more than 256 naughty things, after all). In increasingly specific detail, Ernest tells Santasaurus exactly what he wants for Christmas and how much of a good dino he has been this year. Kaminsky’s bright, colorful illustrations of exuberant dinosaurs doing silly and slightly naughty things are chuckle worthy on their own, but they work particularly well paired with Ernest’s less-than-earnest letters to Santasaurus, asking for gifts all year long: “No need to thank me for putting in my order early. That’s what nice dinos do.” Grades K-3. --Sarah Hunter
". . . Ernest's escapades are amusing . . . Frenetic, cartoon-style illustrations in jazzy shades add to the humor." —Kirkus Reviews
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Dear Santasaurus is a funny story about Ernest B. Spinosaurus, a young dinosaur who starts early in the year writing letters to Santasaurus. In fact, January 1 his first note is a thank you for his Christmas present – even though he already broke it. Every month he writes to Santasaurus, sometimes twice, and more in December just so he can try to be on the nice list.
The notes also serve as his wish list which changes and grows throughout the year. In March, what starts out as a scooter, by April has increased to a Jurassic Turbo Scooter x9. In May is it a sea serpent blue Jurassic Turbo Scooter x9 and a raging raptor action figure. In June, it is now a Jurassic Turbo Scooter x9 with a working headlight, and never mind the raging raptor action figure – he now wants tar pit goo. Amusingly for the reader, Ernest B. Spinosaurus’s request gets more elaborate almost every month, and the bold creative illustrations by Jef Kaminsky add to the humour.
On Christmas Eve Ernest leaves a note for Santasaurus, just to remind him of the long list of features he wants his scooter to have. The description is so detailed (and changed) it’s quite funny.
The illustrations by Jef Kaminsky are very well-suited to the story, as Ernest B. Spinosaurus tries to do more nice things than naughty ones – a hard task for a mischievous young dinosaur to accomplish. Children will love the antics Ernest gets up to, and his attempts to convince Santasaurus he had good reasons for everything.
Children are sure to enjoy Dear Santasaurus by Stacy McAnulty. It’s a fun story for adults to read to them, too.
The book is filled with zany humor and cartoon-like illustrations. Young children, especially dinosaur lovers, will enjoy his foibles. After all, no child is perfect, right?
- Gavin S. 2nd Grade