MY DINOSAUR by Mark Alan Weatherby

MY DINOSAUR

Age Range: 2 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A little girl peers from her window in the night, waiting for her dinosaur to appear. She nips outside, whistles, and a green-mottled megacreature materializes. They cavort until first light--visiting with the denizens of the night, taking a moonlit dip, the girl reaching for the stars. She is dropped off at home for a few winks; at breakfast her mother wants to know why she has leaves in her hair. `` `I played with my dinosaur last night,' I tell her. `That's nice,' she says.'' Weatherby (illustrator of Jim Murphy's The Last Dinosaur, 1988, not reviewed) tells the story dreamily, with a near-glut of tenderness and warmth: ``My dinosaur never scares the night creatures. They like him,'' and, from her farewell song, ``Good night, my dinosaur. Sleep tight, my dinosaur. Soon I'll see you again, my very best friend.'' Younger children will find plenty of reassurance here--there is nothing to fear from the night or large beasts--but both text and illustrations are spun from sugar and far too fragile for the sharp skepticism and dinosaur expertise of the older end of the picture-book set. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-590-97203-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1997




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