Tuesday, October 2, 2007

When Dinosaurs Came With Everything

My son isn't obsessed with dinosaurs. He's three years old, so he's not quite there. Yet. But I'm sure he will be soon, and when that moment comes, I can't wait to read him When Dinosaurs Came With Everything by Elise Broach.

Imagine if you went to the barber shop or the doctor's office and instead of lollipops... they gave you a free DINOSAUR. Wouldn't that be great? (For a few minutes). And then what on earth would you do with all the dinosaurs?

This book is terrific because it has an engaging story that keeps increasing the stakes. I think it's very creative how Broach shows the consequences of this fabulous idea. No matter how much you love dinosaurs, you might be a tad overwhelmed with actually taking care of them. My favorite part of the book is when the main character pleads with the nurse at the doctor's office to give him a shot instead of yet another free dinosaur. There's a funny twist at the end which made me laugh (and if you're a parent, it definitely makes you empathize with the mom).

The other fantastic thing about this book is that it's illustrated by Caldecott-winning artist David Small. Like all of Small's work, the pictures are big, bold, funny, nuanced and humorous.

For more information about author Elise Broach, there's a profile about her in the Easton Courier and how she got the idea for this book. Also, check out her website.

When Dinosaurs Came With Everything is meaty, funny and lovable. Just what a picture book should be. Also, it's filled with dinosaurs in all shapes and sizes. If you have someone in your life who loves dinosaurs, make sure to share this book with them.

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