If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur by Linda Bailey and Colin Jack

Posted April 11, 2014 by Lillian in Children's Corner, Features, Reviews / 0 Comments

Happy Friday all! Today I’ll have two posts for you. First up is a book for your little ones. I received this book via Netgalley from the publishers and I must say it is an interesting read for any child interested in dinosaurs.

Book Demographics

  • Age Range:

     3 – 7 years

  • Grade Level: Preschool – 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770495681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770495685

Book Synopsis

A tongue-in-cheek look at the practical uses of dinosaurs by a dynamic author/illustrator team. 
If you happen to have a dinosaur, lying around your living room, and you don’t know what to do with it … why don’t you use it as a can opener? It will make a terrific nutcracker too! There are oodles of uses for a dinosaur — from a fine umbrella to an excellent kite and a dandy pillow, not to mention a reliable burglar alarm and the perfect excuse to forget your homework. This delightfully absurd exploration of the domestic uses of dinosaurs — and the things dinos just aren’t good for at all — is guaranteed to tickle funny bones and spark imaginations. If you read carefully, you’ll learn how to make your dinosaur last a very long time.

My Review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is super cute! If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur written by Linda Bailey and illustrated by Colin Jack is a guide for the uses of dinosaurs. Giving instructions on how to use your dinosaur in case of rain or if in need of a pillow this book with it’s beautiful illustrations expands on the imagination of little ones, especially little ones who love dinosaurs! My three year old loved this book! Giggling at the things this book says to use your dinosaur for (like an umbrella or mowing your lawn). This isn’t an educational book by any means, simply a book to expand on your child’s creativity. My only complaint was the random ending. It ends with now if you happen to have a kangaroo….what does that have to do with dinosaurs? Even my son looked at me like I was nuts when I read that last line. I think it would have been better suited with something you would do at the end of the day like bathing or going to bed. But that’s me. Otherwise, this is a sweet, short story that can make a great bedtime or anytime story!I received an eARC of this book via Netgalley from the publishers for an honest review.

Author Bio:

Award-winning author LINDA BAILEY has written more than twenty books for children in a number of different genres, including the best-selling Stanley-the-dog series, The Farm Team, the Stevie Diamond Mysteries, the Good Times Travel Agency series, and most recently, Toads on Toast, also illustrated by Colin Jack. Known for her wonderful sense of humor, evident in almost all her stories, Linda has garnered a long list of honors in both Canada and the United States such as the Ontario Blue Spruce Award, the Atlantic Provinces Hackmatack Award, the Arthur Ellis Award (Crime Writers of Canada), the California Young Reader Medal, and the Georgia Storybook Award.

COLIN JACK is the incredibly talented illustrator of several books for children including the Galaxy Zack series, Toads on Toast and 1 Zany Zoo. He also works as a story artist and character designer at Dreamworks, and has been involved in such productions as Hotel Transylvania, Grossology and Ed, Edd n Eddy.
To preorder this book, click here. (will be released 5/13)

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