________________ CM . . . . Volume XX Number 35. . . .May 9, 2014

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If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur.

Linda Bailey. Illustrated by Colin Jack.
Toronto, ON: Tundra Books, 2014.
40 pp., hardcover & ebook, $19.99 (hc.).
ISBN 978-1-77049-568-5 (hc.), ISBN 978-1-77049-570-8 (ebook).

Preschool-grade 3 / Ages 4-8.

Review by Karyn Miehl.

**** /4

   

 

Do you happen to have a dinosaur lying around? Well, if you do but don't know what to do with it, this digitally rendered book presents you with various uses for your dinosaur. From can openers to umbrellas to kites, the silly uses for different types of dinosaurs will amuse and engage emergent readers.

internal art     I read this book with my 4 and 6-year-olds who wanted it read again and again. They relished in identifying various dinosaurs and laughed at the illustrations. My older child also loved the page that featured a street scene with several dinosaurs doing all sorts of things like watering flowers, being a taxi, and emptying recycling bins

     The illustrations in the book are well-matched to the text. They are lively and colourful and do well in revealing characters' emotions through facial expressions.

     The text is easy to read and follow with large type, different font sizes to indicate emphasis or to add interest, and the use of different types of punctuation such as exclamation points, hyphens and ellipses.

     If You Happen To Have a Dinosaur is highly enjoyable and encourages the use of imagination to envision additional scenarios.

     The book ends with these questions:

But what if you don't happen to have a dinosaur lying around your living room?
(Not everyone does.)
What if you have an octopus instead?
Or . . .
a porcupine,
a penguin,
a saber-tooth,
a sasquatch,
a dodo,
or a camel,
or a kangaroo?
What can you do with a kangaroo?

     These questions can lead to amusing and entertaining discussions about not only these animals, but other unlikely pets as well. My son, after reading this book, wanted to read what he thought would be a follow-up book: What can you do with a kangaroo?

Highly Recommended.

Karyn Miehl, a mother of two and a secondary school English teacher, lives in Kingsville, ON.

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