DINOSAUR PET by Marc Sedaka

DINOSAUR PET

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Age Range: 3 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

Sedaka rewrites "Calendar Girl" for the Stone Age set.

Neil's son, Marc, reworks the lyrics of his father’s famous song. Endpapers show a happy little boy sliding down a dinosaur's tail, and the title page depicts him lugging a big purple egg down the street as a puzzled pooch looks on. "I love, I love, I love / my dinosaur pet," the text begins, offering 13 additional bright two-page pictures (one for each month and a bonus). In January, the egg hatches: "[H]e's breaking out of his shell." Then February: "His body's starting to swell." (He's bright green with purple stripes.) And so it goes through the year, with the dinosaur growing bigger and bigger. In April, "when he sleeps with me / he crushes the bed." In July, "like the fireworks, / he touches the sky." September, "just the tail alone is / thirty feet long." And December, "come the new year, things are / gonna get rough." The final picture has the little boy seated at a piano, which the dinosaur is large enough to wrap all the way around, head and tail crossing. The dinosaur, the illustrations and the book itself are all appropriately big, and it's hard to beat the catchiness of the tune. The accompanying CD features this track for children and two more, all performed by Neil Sedaka.

Sure to get toddlers and early readers dancing. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-936140-36-7
Page count: 28pp
Publisher: Imagine Publishing
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2012




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