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Author: Elise Broach

Illustrator: David Small

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Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Errands with mom have never been fun. Until today. At each and every stop, they got a dinosaur ... for FREE! Mom was worried, but our little boy was worried. How many dinosaurs could live at his house? and what would they eat? This is a humorous story that brings kids' imaginations to life.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, easy reader, read aloud book, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Reading Level: 2.5

Age of Child: Read with girl nearly 7 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter laughed and laughed. She also knew more about dinosaurs than we realized.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a clever, fun book. It is every boy's fantasy: dinosaurs as pets! and Mom's greatest wish: more hands to help with chores. I loved the scene in the doctor's office (no shots, today!).

Pros: Kids will enjoy the fantasy and humor in this picture book about dinosaurs as pets. This is a book boys and girls will enjoy.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a story that you'll be reading a lot. Pre-readers will enjoy looking at the pictures just as much as they like hearing the story.

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Educational Themes: This is mostly a fun story, but it's great reading practice, too. Bring the story to life by imagining dinosaurs (or other animals) in your own house or neighborhood.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 2.8
E.B. White Read Aloud Award, Terrific Book, 2007

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, animal characters, dinosaurs, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2008

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