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I Dreamt I Was a Dinosaur Hardcover – September 3, 2005

4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–Fantastical dinosaurs in a medley of plush hues are introduced in this charming picture book. The narrator begins by stating, I dreamt I was a dinosaur./You should have seen me romp and roar! Creatures created out of antique fabrics, felt, and other bric-a-brac cavort across the spreads; chomp on dyed yarn grass; forage for food among lacey flowers and ribboned stems; and swoop across the sky next to a sequined lava-spewing volcano. The sweet and simple text keeps the rhythm moving and works well with the art, always complementing and never competing for space. The pictures really do steal the show, though, with their incredible detail and inventiveness. Sequins have never looked so good. A small snail, hidden on each page, also entices readers to pore over the pages. At the end, the young narrator is seen in his bed, clutching his toy dinosaur. Then everybody disappeared–the dinosaurs had fled./Just my baby diplodocus lay beside me in my bed. A turn of the page reveals a plethora of information that will hold the attention of dinosaur fans. Even better are the Meet the Dinosaurs pages that identify the reptiles from the story, offering pronunciation guides and brief facts on each. This is easily one of the most adorable dinosaur books out there for the preschool-primary crowd.–Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY
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"This is easily one of the most adorable dinosaur books out there for the preschool- primary crowd." --School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books (September 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841482382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841482385
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,635,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer VINE VOICE on May 21, 2009
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
The felt dinosaurs are cute for sure, but the first time I read it I got hung up on some of the dinosaur names! YES! I DID! Now, I'm adult and I know my basic dinosaurs--which is what I expected to find in this book. First there was the Stegosaurus (okay, I know that one) but then came names like Camarasaurus (huh?) and the Parasaurolophus (whoa, wait? huh? I couldn't even begin to pronounce that one!). There were some other basics like the Triceratops and the Pterodactyl...but then instead of calling it a Tyrannosaurus (a real name like the others), they simply call him Rex the Wrecker.

So, while the book was cute, I have to only give it three stars because of the (in my opinion) way too advanced dinosaur names. For a kiddie book like this, I would have expected something a little more conventional.

**NOTE: I didn't pay close enough attention to the Editorial Review... In it, it says "A turn of the page reveals a plethora of information that will hold the attention of dinosaur fans. Even better are the Meet the Dinosaurs pages that identify the reptiles from the story, offering pronunciation guides and brief facts on each." But that is for the HARDCOVER version only, not the boardbook version.
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Dinosaurs are a cool topic for children. Both Blackstone and Beaton have better works out there, but it's good to see them together here. The story is fun. If you want to trip up parents on mispronouncing words, this is the book! But that could be a good lesson for children that reading is always easy.
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My 3 yr old loves this book. He loves to hear the story and the pictures are eye-catching. There's an adorable little snail that's hidden on each page and my son just thinks it's the neatest thing finding the snail each time we read the book together. I definitely recommend this book for any dinosaur lovin' toddler!
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Our son is 1 year old and LOVES this book! He wants to read it every night. I love the storyline and it's rhythmic and fun to read. I also really love the artistry. What a great idea to create pictures with a needle and thread! I think it really adds to our son's interest in looking at the pictures - plus it introduces him to "crafts". P.S. Don't shy away from buying this book because others have said the names are hard to pronounce. If you get stumped, just look them up. You'll really miss out on a really great book, otherwise!
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We stumbled upon this board book in our local library and I picked it up because, well, dinosaurs are awesome! My 15 month old daughter brings this book me to several times a day and demands I read it to her. We'll read it 3 or 4 times each sitting, and she points at all the dinosaurs and sequins. I even enjoy reading this one because the art in it is so creative. I love looking at how the artist used ribbons and rickrack and beads to make the dinosaurs. And the hidden snail! We've since purchased this book and several other by the publisher, Barefoot Books.

The reason this only gets 4 stars is because some of the dinosaur names were unusual and difficult for me to pronounce. I would expect to see more common names in a board book. Or at least a pronunciation guide. And what's with calling the T-rex "Rex the Wrecker"?
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I loved dinosaurs as a kid, so I find this to be a fun book to read to my daughter. The thing is, my daughter is 9 months old, but she will stare at the pictures of this book while I read it to her- without trying to eat it. So there is something about the pictures and sound of the story that holds her attention. It's a quick read, and there is a hidden snail to find on every page that I think will be an added benefit to the story when she is older. I have but one complaint with the book... and I know this is super trivial (and maybe a little nerdy), but I don't like that Tyrannosaurus Rex is called "Rex the Wrecker." He's the only species that doesn't have his real name listed... but as she can't read yet, I get to call him whatever I like.
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The copy I had seen was a beautiful 8" by 11" copy so I ordered it.
The new one I received was about 5" by 6".
I'm really glad it was for a 4 year old child or it would have been too
baby-looking.
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I had the board book version of "Secret Seahorse" by the same authors, which is one of our favorites, so I bought a couple of others in the same series. The illustrations are done with beautiful stitched collage, which I really enjoy studying as I'm reading the text to my daughter for the umpteenth time. I elected to buy the hardcover because as some reviewers have noted, the hardcover version comes with some extra explanatory information in the back, whereas the board book version does not. But my 3-year-old isn't interested in the fine print yet, while I think an older child might find the illustrations babyish. So I think I should have stuck with the board book format.

Unlike another reviewer I'm glad that this book includes a couple of other dinosaurs beyond the tired repeated ones of Triceratops, Stegosaurus, etc. A Parasaurolophus (not hard to pronounce, just sound it out slowly! Pair-uh-sore-uh-loff-uss) is cool because it has a crest on its head that's hollow inside that it may have used like a trombone.

It's a nice addition to the library but we still like Secret Seahorse best.
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