Illustrations © Gideon Kendall

Dino Pets Go to School

by Lynn Plourde Illustrated by Gideon Kendall Dutton Children’s Books, 2011

I brought a dino
for a pet,
the SPIKIEST dino
I could get.

At recess time
we played a game.
Our soccer ball
was not the same.

But then the loudest dino is not the best choice either for Pet Day at school. After its introduction, the classroom needed reconstruction. The widest dino collapses the cafeteria bench and sends food flying. Finally, the teacher gives the boy one more chance. What’s the last dino he takes to school? Will that one work? Or maybe dinos just aren’t the best pets to take to school. They’ll have to find something else to do instead. But what? Find out about their after-school activity plus learn “dino facts” in the back of the book about the tallest, smartest, youngest dinos and more!

Reviews

"Plourde’s playful verse . . . holds lots of spark for a creative-writing lesson… Kendall’s artwork glows with deadpan realism, taking this imaginative tale to a whole new dimension. Readers will delight in this latest dino pets installment and wonder where the dinosaurs might go for their next calamitous adventure."
Kirkus

"Charming story . . . Cheery rhyme . . . Exuberant illustrations . . . With its broad appeal, this silly selection is a great choice for budding paleontologists. Pair it with Elise Broach’s When Dinosaurs Came with Everything (S & S) and Jane Yolen’s How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? (Scholastic, both 2007) to satisfy that age-old question: What if the dinosaurs were alive today?"
School Library Journal

"The humor that results from giant dinosaurs in everyday settings never seems to go extinct . . . Colorful illustrations realistically portray the school setting, which makes the dinosaurs’ ridiculous antics even funnier in contrast."
Booklist

"Each illustration is a painted masterpiece with personality. The rhyme sequence makes this book a natural read aloud and the delightful story will appeal to all ages."
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