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Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur [Library Binding]

Mordecai Richler , Norman Eyolfson
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September 1997 Jacob Two-Two Adventures
When his parents bring a little green lizard home from their vacation in Kenya, Jacob Two-Two is thrilled. But as the days pass, he realizes that Dippy isn't just an ordinary lizard at all. In fact, it becomes obvious to Jacob that Dippy's not so little either. As Dippy grows bigger and bigger, he begins to attract some very big attention from some very important people. Before Jacob realizes, he is on the run from the entire government of Canada - and with a full-grown dinosaur!
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Grade 4-6 Jacob Two-Two, the hero of Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (Knopf, 1975; o.p.), reappears in this tall tale about a small boy and a friendly dinosaur who struggle against incompetent government bureaucrats. Feeling lonely, he is delighted when Dad illegally brings home a lizard from a trip to Kenya. Before long, he realizes that Dippy is in fact a talking diplodocus who was jolted out of hibernation during an earthquake. When the incompetent Prime Minister and his apple-polishing advisors learn about Dippy, they declare him a menace to the public safety and make plans to destroy him. Jacob and Dippy then take off for British Columbia to hide in the wilderness. As in the previous book, the adults are stupid, greedy, racist, violent, and they hate children. Although the humor is not to everyone's taste, young middle-school readers who like a tall tale and satirical humor will enjoy this fast-paced adventure story. They will applaud when Jacob and Dippy outwit the inept bureaucrats. The story and its style of humor might also interest some older and reluctant readers. However, Butterworth's The Enormous Egg (Dell, 1978) is funnier and a far better story about the perils of keeping a pet dinosaur. Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, Vt.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"There is a reckless momentum to Richler's narrative, a rhythm of slap-dash invention that mimics the frantic pace of childhood fantasy. Yet Richler's tale is well-ventilated with adult wit."-"Maclean's" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Balances with the first. May 29 2013
By Carolyn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I encountered "Jacob Two-Two & The Dinosaur" and was surprised it is by Canada's Mordecai Richler. Additionally, it succeeds a cute title that got mentioned once, when I was in school. I waited until I had the "Hooded Fang" prequel and then at last, read them both.

They balance out at three stars. Much more detail went into the workings of the `Hooded Fang' world and the children's quest to reach help outside a fog-hidden prison. However I tired of the protagonist's `two-two' habit and was glad to find him outgrown of it in this dinosaur novel. Both involve very dire circumstances for a young child so neither was light hearted but both encompass wit. However unless one cares for political jibes, I found many more nuggets of hilarity in the first.

What I appreciated about this novel is that Jacob's Dad has moved the family from England to his native Canada. There is a multi-province panorama as Jacob flees from the government with his dinosaur and the happy thought that other dinosaurs may exist, in an undisturbed region of larger trees.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurray for Dippy! May 15 2013
By Zeus in TN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was my favorite Jacob Two Two book. I liked it even more than all the other Jacob Two Two books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Jacob Two-Two Jan. 20 2008
By R. Fremlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book is quite the tongue twister, but fun to read. Although it was purchased used, it is in wonderful condition.
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