Danny and the Dinosaur 50th Anniversary Edition Paperback – Jan 22 2008
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-Four complete books by Syd Hoff from HarperCollins' I Can Read series are included here. One of the dinosaurs in the museum comes to life and spends the day with a young boy and his friends in Danny and the Dinosaur (HarperCollins, 1986). In Happy Birthday, Danny and the Dinosaur! (HarperCollins, 1995), the dinosaur is back to celebrate Danny's sixth birthday. The dinosaur welcomes a vacation when Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp (HarperCollins, 1996), and he doesn't seem to mind when all the kids and the camp counselor ride on his back after a tiring hike. Sammy and the Seal (HarperCollins, 2000) tells the story of a seal on an adventure out of the zoo and into the town, including learning to read and write at school. Peter Lorangis and Charles Mintz alternate telling the stories using delightful voices and clear narration, perfect for young listeners. There are no page turn signals or sound effects, but whimsical musical accompaniment adds to the playfulness of the stories. The only thing missing is the charming and comical illustrations that make the stories so much fun to read. The wonderful narration and music make the audiocassette a joy to listen to, but if you don't want to miss out on the visual humor have the books handy for read-alongs.
April R. Mazza, Wayland Free Public Library, MA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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The reason I only gave this book four stars is that I find the wording rather strained and awkward. Even though the words are not great, the illustrations are fun. Depending on the version, the illustrations are colored differently. The original (copyright 1958) has better colors in my opinion. They are a mix of pictures in shades of brown and pictures in full color. The main difference between the color quality in the original and reissue is that the reissue has a solid color, and the original almost look as if it were colored in lightly with crayons. I think the color in the reissue is harsher, and therefore prefer the previous. The drawing themselves are wonderful, cute and expressive.
So in my opinion this is a four star book because of the occasional awkwardness with the words and because of the way the pictures are colored in.
Quite simply, Danny and the Dinosaur is forever burned into my brain as a favorite of my childhood, and now of my own children. It's Hoff's best, and I expect it will remain a classic for generations to come.
Most recent customer reviews
Pretty easy for kids to learn to read. The story was a little bit dull though, not enough happening to keep my kids fully entertained. Good price thoughPublished 4 months ago by SAHMof3
This is one of the books we find him "reading" on his own. This is one of the most requested books he has (out of hundreds). Read morePublished on May 5 2004 by S. D Haynie
What a fun and sweet storybook! My children love this, and even got excited about a trip to the museum... well, for a short time. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2002 by Jody L. Schoth
"Danny and the Dinosaur" was my favorite book growing up and I still have my hardcover copy that my mother read to me every night. I had the entire thing memorized. Read morePublished on June 9 2001 by Amazon Customer
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