DEAR DINOSAUR by Chae  Strathie


With Real Letters to Read!
From the "Dear Dinosaur" series
by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 8
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A T. Rex and a 6-year-old fan with questions strike up a lively correspondence.

At the suggestion of a curator, young Max writes a fan letter to his favorite dino at the museum and gets a fierce reply: “I do NOT write nice letters to small children. I eat them.” Not daunted, Max continues to send chatty queries—some of which, along with T. Rex’s first letter, are glued-in sheets or cards. T. Rex loosens up in later exchanges, receives Max’s gifts of a lost tooth and a “Sausagesaurus” (a rubber duck, as it turns out) with thanks, and, in a final email message, promises not to eat him when he visits again. Sticking to more traditional media, Max at the end crafts a home-made greeting card to proclaim that the two will be “Dinopals forever!” Though T. Rex’s stationery comes from a fictitious museum in South Carolina, the post boxes in the illustrations and the overall tone of the language reflect this import’s British origins. Like Max and his interracial parents (dark-skinned dad, light-skinned mum), the dinosaurs exhibited in the museum are mostly smiling figures in O’Byrne’s brightly colored cartoons.

A lighthearted if unremarkable (and perhaps a bit outdated?) addition to the epistolary genre. (Novelty. 6-8)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-7641-6898-7
Page count: 28pp
Publisher: Barron's
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2017


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