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Dinosaur Pet Hardcover – May 1, 2012

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In this follow-up to Neil Sedaka's Waking Up Is Hard to Do, Sedaka fils reimagines his father's 1961 hit "Calendar Girl" as the story of a boy who hatches a dinosaur egg in his bedroom in January and revels in the ups and downs of the creature's companionship for the rest of the year: "March, at least eight times a day he's go to be fed./ April, when he sleeps with me he crushes the bed." There are rumblings that this relationship can't go on forever ("August, the cost of groceries is bleeding us dry") but the duo shows no signs of breaking up (à  à ¡ la Danny and the Dinosaur). Bowers (Dream Big, Little Pig!) works in lusciously hued, brushstroke-textured spreads, and his comedy is nicely underplayed--Dinosaur Pet is a well-meaning, eager-eyed behemoth who's game for vigorous tooth brushing and wearing a King Kong mask at Halloween, and who tries his best not to smash up the house with his enormous tail. The text isn't much without the accompanying music CD, which has an infectious piano shuffle and Neil Sedaka sounding as boyish as ever. --Publishers Weekly In this follow-up to Neil Sedaka's Waking Up Is Hard to Do, Sedaka fils reimagines his father's 1961 hit "Calendar Girl" as the story of a boy who hatches a dinosaur egg in his bedroom in January and revels --Publishers Weekly --Publishers Weekly

In this follow-up to Neil Sedaka's Waking Up Is Hard to Do, Sedaka fils reimagines his father's 1961 hit "Calendar Girl" as the story of a boy who hatches a dinosaur egg in his bedroom in January and revels in the ups and downs of the creature's companionship for the rest of the year: "March, at least eight times a day he's go to be fed./ April, when he sleeps with me he crushes the bed." There are rumblings that this relationship can't go on forever ("August, the cost of groceries is bleeding us dry") but the duo shows no signs of breaking up (á la Danny and the Dinosaur). Bowers (Dream Big, Little Pig!) works in lusciously hued, brushstroke-textured spreads, and his comedy is nicely underplayed--Dinosaur Pet is a well-meaning, eager-eyed behemoth who's game for vigorous tooth brushing and wearing a King Kong mask at Halloween, and who tries his best not to smash up the house with his enormous tail. The text isn't much without the accompanying music CD, which has an infectious piano shuffle and Neil Sedaka sounding as boyish as ever. --Publishers Weekly

About the Author

The history of rock ’n’ roll would be incomplete without the innumerable contributions of Neil Sedaka.

Sedaka began studying music at the age of nine, and later catapulted to stardom with hits such as "Oh Carol," "Calendar Girl," "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen," and especially "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do." His songs "Bad Blood" and "Laughter in the Rain" both reached #1 on the music charts.

He has written over a thousand songs, received a Grammy Award for Record of the Year for "Love Will Keep Us Together," has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In his fifty plus year career, Sedaka has sold over sixty million records. But he does not rest on these laurels: he continues to write, record, and perform worldwide.

Sedaka has been married for forty-seven years to his wife, Leba, and they have two children and three grandchildren. Marc Sedaka is a successful comedy writer for both film and TV. His credits include New Line Cinema's Overnight Delivery starring Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd, CBS's King of Queens, and NBC's Inside Schwartz. The proud father of three young children, Marc spends most of his time playing with dolls, building puzzles, and, of course, introducing a whole new generation of music lovers to his father’s wonderful songs.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Imagine; 1st edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936140365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936140367
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is so cute and something for the younger set. Neil Sedaka recorded the CD with his 3 grandchildren who sing along with him on the CD, his son wrote the story. I saw Neil and his grandkids perform it on the Huckabee Show. I highly recommend it if you have young children, grandkids, etc. Regretfully, my grandchild is too grown for it. I do recommend it. It's cute, educational. Worth the purchase.
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My dad just bought this for my 2 month old and although he's too young right now, I can't wait to read/sing it to him - it's too adorable!! Neil Sedaka's grandkids singing along make it that much cuter!! The song and book are great - highly recommended!! I am going to buy this for everyone I know with young kids!!
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Dinosaur Pet by Marc Sedaka and Tim Bowers is a rewrite of Neil Sedaka's classic song Calendar Girl. Each month of the year as is related to a growing dinosaur pet.

This is a fun book that my students love to hear again and again and sing along with from the start. The music is peppy and fun.

I recommend this book for kids 3-8
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An absolutely WONDERFUL singalong book. I teach elementary general music, and I occasionally like to end class time with a song book. This is one my kids beg for every time. With fun illustrations, an excellent accompaniment CD , and a catchy melody, this is a must have for every music classroom (or musical home)!
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Didn't realize it was just lyrics to a boring song. Not what I hope for when I shelled out so much money. My preschool class did not like the included CD. Too bad, I was hoping that would at least make up for some of the cost.
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I was a teenager when Neil Sedaka's "Calendar Girl" was a hit. I loved that catchy song then and I love to be able to share the tune, with different words, of course, with preschool children in my school. It is fun and the kids love to sing along. Also, it is an easy way to present the months of the year to the kids and it doesn't even seem like a lesson. I would recommend this to anyone with young children.
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We bought this book because our daycare said that our 2 year old son LOVES this book and song. He does. He'd listen to the song on nonstop repeat while looking through the book if we'd let him.

However, the book is very poor quality and up to repeated handling by children. The binding was falling apart within two days and the pages can be ripped fairly easily. We had the book less than a week and it had already turned it a patchwork job of packaging tape.

Also, the CD is two other songs on it. Our son is only interested in the title track, which I'm fine with. the other two songs didn't seem like anything special. The second song is a pretty sad song about a kid's best friend moving away. An abrupt 180 degree shift from the upbeat and silly Dinosaur Pet.
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Love how Neil Sedaka and his son have introduced the 60's music redone into children's books. They are fun and happy books for the little ones. Grandmas (who grew up in the 60's) will love to share this with their grandkids.
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