Great Illustrated Books

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything

By Elise Broach, Illustrated by David Small

Atheneum, 2007
Pages : 32
Suggested Ages: 2-7
ISBN: 9780689869228

On an otherwise boring errand day with his mother, a boy notes an interesting sign at the bakery: "BUY A DOZEN, GET A DINOSAUR." Sure enough, as they walk out with their box of doughnuts, the lady behind the counter brings out a free dinosaur—a prodigious green triceratops that follows the boy to the doctor's. Today, instead of getting a sticker after his checkup, the boy is elated to receive a stegosaurus. His mom does not look amused. By the time the boy gets home, he has acquired two additional dino pets: a pterosaur and a little hadrosaur. What could be better?

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Carrick, Carol. Patrick's Dinosaurs. Clarion, 1983. ISBN-13: 978-0618732753

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LaRochelle, David. The Best Pet of All. Dutton, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0525471295

Nolan, Dennis. Dinosaur Dreams. Macmillan, 1990. ISBN-13: 978-0689718328

Schwartz, Henry. How I Captured a Dinosaur. Orchard, 1989. ISBN-13: 978-0531070284

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Whybrow, Ian. Sammy and the Dinosaurs. Orchard, 1999. ISBN-13: 978-0531303382

Willems, Mo. Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct. Hyperion, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0786837489

Wolf, Jake. Daddy, Could I Have an Elephant? Greenwillow, 1996. ISBN-13: 978-0688132941

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Critics have said

Dinosaur lovers will enjoy seeing their favorite creatures pictured and named, though the book's appeal won't just be for them.
Marge Loch-Wouters, School Library Journal
A loony idea is expressed perfectly in Small's larger-than-life illustrations.
The New York Times, Julie Just
This well-balanced romp packs an outsize helping of humor.
Publishers Weekly