AMY'S DINOSAUR by Syd Hoff

AMY'S DINOSAUR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Hoff's Danny and the Dinosaur (1958) is a longstanding best seller, and no doubt this latest Jurassic revival, complete with titular girl hero (Amy, however, plays no special role in the story) and anti-pollution theme will have all sorts of readers following the gratuitous return of a dinosaur to help clean up the earth with Amy and her friends. But it's hard to understand how picking up litter and putting it into baskets can cause ""birds and squirrels and flowers"" to return to the woods; highly unlikely that if a dinosaur really did clean the air by blowing away a car (complete with driver) and knocking over an industrial chimney, ""the people"" in the streets would cheer and urge him onwards; and questionable ecology to depict the saurian hero chasing after rodents with a spray can. Sure, this is just a simple, easy reader, but why tell it like it isn't? In our view the most environmentally sound place for Amy's dinosaur is on the compost heap.

Pub Date: Oct. 24th, 1974
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Windmill -- dist. by Dutton