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Max Spaniel: Dinosaur Hunt (series #1) PDF Print E-mail

What You Need to Know:
• This is a really funny adventure that young children who like dogs and/or dinosaurs will eat right up.
• That being said, this book should be enjoyed by all young readers, regardless of interest or gender, it is just an
  amusing, wonderful read.
• David Catrow, who both wrote and illustrated , has brillantly created a very easy reader, with word repetition and
  picture cues, and still managed to keep it interesting and worthwhile. That is no easy feat in this genre.
• Your young reader should be able to read it by themselves after only a few shared readings, the picture clues and
  vocabulary choice and repetition can really support that.
• This book has been nomintated for a 2009 Cybil Award. Please click the Cybils link on the left side of the page to
  learn more about the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards (Cybils).
Sweet Book Summary:
Max is a dog who is a keen hunter of dinosaurs. He decides to go outside and find himself a dinosaur: and he does! Where others see a tree branch, Max sees a dinosaur bone. Where other see a tulip, Max sees dinosaur lips. When he is all done, he does find a dinosaur, just not quite the one the reader might have been expecting. This is a celebration of imagination.

The illustrations are chuck-full, offbeat and generally terrific. Visually each page is like a party. Max is a cute, goofy looking dog adventurer that will truly have your children cheering. Max's exploits never take him out of the backyard, but in his imagination he goes far and wide.
Author: David Catrow Illustrator: David Catrow Published: 2009, 40 pages
Themes: Dinosaurs, Animals: Dogs, Humor, Excellent Read-Aloud, Books for Boys
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Today I Will Fly, Mo Willems
Go Dog Go, P.D. Eastman

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