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THE SUPER HUNGRY DINOSAUR by Martin Waddell Kirkus Star


by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Leonie Lord

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3446-3
Publisher: Dial

In this sure candidate for many, many repeat read-alouds, young Hal puts up a stout defense when a Super Hungry Dinosaur crashes into his backyard and bellows that he’s going to eat him, his father, his mother and his dog Billy. The ensuing wild rumpus ends with the Super Hungry Dinosaur tied down with a garden hose and promising to set the yard back in order—whereupon Hal’s mom dishes up a humongous bowl of pasta that converts the Super Hungry Dinosaur into a Super Full Dinosaur. One gargantuan, spread-sized belch later, the Super Full Dinosaur thunders away happily. Broadly drawn with crayon on rough paper, Lord’s illustrations of a very small but intrepid lad facing down a huge and toothy T. Rex perfectly capture this roaring crowd-pleaser’s elemental vigor and simplicity. Horizontal panels that stretch the width of the spread compress the action, allowing for the maximum repetition of both event and participation-inviting GRRRRRRRRs per page. Super good. (Picture book. 3-7)