From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-- A tale of sibling rivalry--dino-style. Dilly, whose exploits have been explored in Dilly the Dinosaur (1987) , Dilly Tells the Truth (1988) , Dilly & the Horror Movie (1989, all Viking), accompanies his older sister Dorla on a shopping expedition and finds himself under her claw the entire time. With true big sister superiority, she decides what coat Dilly will wear, answers for him when he's spoken to, and hurries him away from a friend at the mall. But when she won't let him play in the swamp on the way home as promised, Dilly lets "rip with an 150-mile-per-hour, ultra-special, super-scream" that is just the response needed to get Dorla's attention. She relents, of course, and a tenuous peace is achieved between them. Busy, bright watercolor cartoons capture the action. The banter between the siblings rings true. Dorla may be bossy, but she's never really mean, so the story remains fun. Young readers will identify with Dilly's predicament and celebrate his victory of the moment. --Jane Marino, White Plains Pub . Lib . , NY
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From Kirkus Reviews
With the promise of a stop at ``The Swamp'' (playground) on the way home, suburban dinosaur Dorla takes little brother Dilly to ``The Shopping Cavern'' (mall), where signs (``Marks & Stegosaurus''; ``MACDINO'') play on dinosaur names and where escalator riders are warned to carry their tails. The interaction is even more contemporary: every time someone speaks to Dilly, Dorla butts in to answer for him--until they get home and Dilly gets even by answering Mother's question to her: of course, she'd like to take him out again! Hellard's broad, uninhibited line is just right for turning these unwieldy creatures into comical caricatures--a pink-haired punk, a grouchy old lady, or the talkative schoolgirl and her eager little brother. Predictable, but fun and sure to please. (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.