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Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct Hardcover – September 1, 2006

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Kindergarten-Grade 2–Edwina the dinosaur is known and loved throughout the town for her many acts of kindness and her excellent chocolate-chip cookies. The literal-minded class know-it-all, Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie, sets out to prove to everyone that dinosaurs are extinct. No one pays the slightest attention to him; ironically, only Edwina is convinced (not that she cares). In the end, as Reginald sits enjoying her cookies, he finds that he doesnt care either. Willemss expressive cartoon style makes the most of his fabled ability with line. Readers will enjoy Edwina in her straw hat, handbag, delicately painted claws, beribboned hat and simple strand of pearls, and especially her expression of utter shock when she realizes she is extinct. Aesthetically, this is neither as elegantly designed as Willemss Pigeon books (Hyperion) nor as bold a departure as his Knuffle Bunny (Hyperion, 2004), but it will nonetheless please the authors many fans. The added pleasure of finding Knuffle Bunny and Pigeon in the illustrations is an unexpected bonus.–Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich, CT
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Willems takes a break from his Pigeon chronicles to write about a dinosaur named Edwina. Everyone loves Edwina, except class know-it-all Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie, who tries to convince everyone that dinosaurs are extinct. No one listens, except Edwina, who is shocked. Eventually Edwina decides that she doesn't care, "and by then . . . neither [does] Reginald." In true if-you-can't-beat-'em, join-'em fashion, the final scene shows Edwina baking cookies for a much happier Reginald. Pacing is varied to highlight the more dramatic scenes, with much of the drama provided by Reginald in a way resembling Pigeon trying to get his way. Set against plain, light-blue backdrops, the pictures, in Willem's familiar cartoon style, show Reginald up to his dastardly deeds as well as characters in the classroom, on the playground, and in the park. Children will have fun searching the art for hidden pictures of Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny. Consider this an enjoyable visit to a happy community that has no room for curmudgeons. Randall Enos
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: AD500L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1 edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786837489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786837489
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on April 2, 2007
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My name is Guillermo A. Galva and I am 8 years old. My English teacher read this book to us in class and I thought it was funny. My favorite part was when she said Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie. I recommend this book for myself. I also like these books by Mo Willems: The Pigeon finds a Hot Dog and Don't let the Pigeon drive the bus. I hope you like it.
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It would take a human being with the sense of humor of a bowl of moldy tapioca not to find "Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct" one of the funniest picture books of the year. I mean, I resisted reviewing it. Mo Willems needs no introduction any longer. His misleadingly simple style is what it is, as it is, as it shall be evermore. Basically, he does not need my help promoting his books. That doesn't mean, though, that it's not fun to do. Now the man in question has tried his hand on the standard large-animal-who's-friends-with-kids genre. You can keep you Cliffords and your Dannys with their dinosaurs, though. Color me an Edwina fan through and through (and that goes double for her chocolate chip cookies).

If you live in town then you know Edwina. She's just your friendly neighborhood dinosaur. If she's not changing the lightbulbs on the streetlights then she's baking cookies for the populace at large. Edwina, let it be known, is a peach and everybody loves her. Well... almost everybody. There is a little fellow by the name of Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie that is seriously upset by Edwina's mere existence. Reginald is a smart fellow and if there's one thing he knows in this world, it's that dinosaurs are "totally extinct!" But no one listens to Reginald. In spite of his school reports, flyleaf explanations, protests, one-man-shows, etc. nobody is willing to listen to his dead dinosaur schtick. No one, that is, except Edwina herself. But when Reginald truly manages to convince Edwina of her extinct status, the results are not what he might have expected.

Let's talk Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie. As names go, this guy's one hip cat. I recommend reading the book with an exaggerated hoity-toity voice when saying Reggie's name more than once.
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You really can't go wrong with Mo Willems. This book is adorable, and my 2 and 4 year olds love it. I enjoy reading it to them because it's cute and engaging, and has a great message (essentially: you do you, girl, but still be nice about it). In this book there is a dinosaur, Edwina, who is loved by the entire community. There is one boy, however, who does not understand why no one else understands that dinosaurs are extinct. No one will listen to him about it, and they really don't care anyways, because Edwina is so amazing. Finally Edwina listens to his extinction-presentation, because she is just that nice, and acknowledges that dinosaurs really are extinct. But in the end she just doesn't care, and goes on her merry way. By that point, now that the boy finally has been heard and acknowledged, he no longer cares anymore either. Then everyone is friends and they all eat chocolate chip cookies together. I mean really, what more could you want in a book?? It's fabulous!
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Edwina doesn't care that she is extinct. And that makes an anxious boy happy again. All the ingredients of a pot boiler! What's not to like? And it has Mo Willems trademark book jacket with multiple images of the same visual, with just 1 being different.
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This book is lots of fun. Although we all know that dinosaurs are, in fact, extinct, this book presents us with a funny dinosaur who totes a Kelly bag, pearls, and has polished nails. She also bakes! I doubt this book was meant to be taken seriously, so it's great for the lighthearted among us.
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In a nutshell: Edwina is your friendly neighborhood spinster dinosaur. She carries a pocketbook, paints her claws pink, wears a prim Easter hat, and bakes chocolate chip cookies for everyone. When she carries old ladies across streets it’s like a big old lady carrying a little old lady. Cleverly darling.

The leading man in this story is a know-it-all named Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie. Reginald has almost permanently angry eyebrows and spends the majority of the story petitioning and picketing and proving to the entire town that dinosaurs are extinct. No one will listen to him, except of course… Edwina. After a long heart-to-heart, Edwina is convinced by Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie that she is in fact extinct. After the initial shock wears off, Edwina decides she doesn’t care and frolics off through a brick wall. Having finally been validated and heard, Reginald’s eyebrows return to a pleasantly arched shape and he and Edwina eat chocolate chip cookies happily ever after.

Families can talk about: What does extinct mean? What animals do you know about that are extinct? Why do you think no one will listen to Reginald? What is a know-it-all? Why are his eyebrows like that? How did Edwina jump through a brick wall and leave a dinosaur-shaped hole? Where is the Reginald-Von-Hoobie-Doobie-shaped hole? Why is it so fun to say Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie? Why does our three-year-old take everything and turn it into Reginald Von Poopie-Poopie? Do you think his treat privilege might soon be extinct? How soon?
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