Some of the challenges of having a big—really big—pet.
“Having an enormous dinosaur in the house can be a bit tricky,” observes the unseen narrator with considerable understatement. Hatching from a gigantic egg in the backyard, little Dino, “so cute and friendly,” soon becomes big enough to scare off both the mail carrier and possible new friends in the park, not to mention to knock things over and to chew on the furniture. Even if his favorite game is fetch, he doesn’t always bring back the ball. Nor (with a deft transition into metaphor) does Dino always put his toys away at day’s end…but bathtime makes him sleepy, and at day’s end, off to bed he goes. Young readers with big dogs or younger sibs will easily relate, though in contrast to the moodier, bright red dino in Bob Shea’s Dinosaur vs. series, this one is a good-natured sort, invariably smiling toothily as he romps and stomps through Vaisberg’s minimally detailed, two-toned indoor and outdoor settings, created digitally but with a look that blends watercolor and printmaking. And if one dinosaur in the house is a handful, what’s to do when three more eggs appear in the backyard? The perfect solution: “So we got a bigger house!”
A bright, buoyant addition to both the “giant pet” and “new sibling” genres. (Picture book. 4-7)