When Dinosaurs Came With Everything
What You Need to Know:|
• When Dinosaurs Came With Everything is a hilarious, rollicking, good time of a book!
• This picture book would make a great read aloud for a young audience.
• The story is narrated by the little boy, and from the first page, both adults and children will be laughing
and identifying with the characters.
• Mothers universally will identify with the young son's less than enthusiastic response to errand day; children will
identify with the dread of errands!
When Dinosaurs Came With Everything is the chronicle of one mother and son's Friday morning spent doing errands. With each purchase on this particular Friday, you get a free dinosaur. First stop is the bakery. The sign on the counter is the first tip off that this will not be any ordinary errand day. It reads "Buy a Dozen - Get a Dinosaur". The little boy (we never get his name) and Mom agree it must mean a toy. But when they turn to leave, the counter-lady says "Hold on little guy. Don't forget your dinosaur." It is this wry manner (the prospect that getting a dinosaur with every purchase is not a big deal) that carries on throughout the book and makes it so entertaining. Combine that with Mom's reaction to each acquisition of a dinosaur and the story is laugh out loud! The first time Mom catches sight of a dinosaur in the bakery she responds, "How are we supposed to get that home?", instead of "Holy Moses, she just brought an enormous dinosaur from the back room!" This is funny stuff, folks. Take a look at the spread on pages 12 and 13. "Across the street, other kids had dinosaurs too...we all waved at each other. Our mothers glared and kept on walking." Priceless!
David Small's drawings would illicit many laughs even if this was a wordless book. But, thankfully, it is not. It is the fusion of Elise Broach's witty story with Small's watercolor and ink drawings that makes this book a home run. Small nails each character's expression, even managing to make a dinosaur look imperious!
2007, 40 pages
Excellent Read-Aloud, Humor, Dinosaurs