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My Grandpa Is a Dinosaur Hardcover – May 17, 2016
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—By most standards, Wanda's family is pretty odd, but to young Wanda, they're not so strange. Except for her grandpa, who she's pretty sure is a dinosaur. He has a tail and scales, and paleontologists follow him around; he just seems to fit the bill. Thing is, no one else believes her. So, with only one option left, she asks her grandpa directly, "Are you a dinosaur?" The answer may surprise. Fairgray and Jones take the often derogatory term and repurpose it to good effect. Their portrayal is at once comical and respectful; this is one grandpa who has an active lifestyle and even rides roller coasters. Humor springs from the discrepancy between Wanda's serious inquiry and the thought of this anthropomorphized dinosaur doing such commonplace activities. The art only emphasizes this with its comical character designs, serious expressions, and sedate hues. VERDICT Children, parents, and grandparents alike will find much to amuse them in this frankly funny picture book about perception and family.—Rachel Forbes, formerly at Oakville Public Library, Ontario, Canada
About the Author
Terry Jones was born in Wales. He taught high schoolaged kids in the United Kingdom for many years before immigrating to New Zealand. He retired from teaching in 2009 to focus on his writing. He has written newspaper and magazine articles, some nonfiction works, and two novels, The Left-Handed Gun and The R.U.M.B.L.E.R. He currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand.
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In this adorable book a little girl has been watching her grandpa for a long time, and she is almost certain that he is a dinosaur. So why does nobody believe her? Why can’t anyone else see what she sees? He roars! (And no, it’s not just a snore.) He has green skin! (And no, he’s not from outer space.) He has a tail! (And no, he’s not a horse!) The little girl is determined to get to the bottom of this. It’s time to ask Grandpa once and for all: Is he a dinosaur?
Okay let's examine Grandpa. Well, Grandpa's aren't really known for their patience and well speaking only from my personal experience; they can't hear well, so they yell. To a little one that sure could be a dinosaur! Then there's the green skin. Those deep-set wrinkles that mean you've experienced life to it's fullest could very possibly look a little green. (Maybe in the right light?) hummmm could be a dinosaur. Grandpa's tail. Well, I have a theory on that one too. Ever watched Grandpa with a walker?? Hunched over and his tush sticks out a little too far; far enough to knock stuff off a side table........ could be a dinosaur tail. Yup, the more I think about this book the more I'm thinking that MY OWN Grandpa was a dinosaur!
This is a fun! Funny! Kids book for ages 6 to 8. Put Alice thoroughly and totally LOVED this book so I would say everyone young or old will get a huge kick out of My Grandpa Is A Dinosaur! Just learning about the little girls family; from siblings to parents will have you and your child laughing!
I can't imagine every whining about a book that Alice and I can share. One that makes her laugh? Even better!! One that makes her say "Read it again" is 100% a keeper!!
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This little girl saw that her grandfather was a dinosaur. She asked everyone if they saw the same thing. All the people she asked thought that she was silly. She went around wondering and curious. 1 Day she decided to ask him. When he said "yes" and that he wondered how come no one else could see it, she realized that she wasn't silly after all.
My husband loved reading this to our granddaughter. She will just wonder into "Pap Paps" office and sit there while he works. It is so cute!
The illustrations are so cute. The colors and designs just help our child join in each page.
This tall, hardback book would make a great gift.
I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review
She tries to point these features out to her family and friends but to her utter amazement they don't believe her. How absurd to think Grandpa is a a terrestrial reptile of the Mesozoic era. Preposterous!
Wanda will not accept their excuses as to why Grandpa is just....well? Grandpa. She takes it upon herself to find out the truth of the matter. One day when she has him all to herself, on a coveted "Grandpa and Wanda Day", she flat out asks him:
Are you a dinosaur?'
Grandpa looks at her and with a wink replies:
"I was starting to think no one had noticed."
At the end of their special day together when her Grandpa takes her back to his retirement home... a great surprise awaits Wanda. Can you guess what it might be? Wanda's eyes are open wide and the truth is ... wait! No spoilers here. Get this gem and read it for yourself. You will be glad you did, I'm sure of it!
The illustrations are caricature-like and the young audience will be so happy that they can see that Grandpa is a dinosaur along with Wanda, while the other characters in the book seem oblivious to that fact. Pure fun!