From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1—In a playful take on the stickers and lollipops that bored kids sweep up at businesses as parents do errands, Broach imagines what would happen if a dinosaur were the giveaway of the day. A boy's increasing delight at the freebies he collects from the bakery, the doctor, and barber contrast with his mother's increasing panic and dismay as the lumbering beasts start to accumulate. When they acquire the fourth behemoth, Mom decides that the errands are done and whisks everyone home. Once there, she finds some unique ways to put the stegosaurus, triceratops, hadrosaur, and pterosaur to good use doing household chores. Small's sketchy, tongue-in-cheek watercolor-and-ink artwork perfectly captures the boy's exuberance, the dinosaurs' mass, and the hubbub that a city full of these reptiles would create. Dinosaur lovers will enjoy seeing their favorite creatures pictured and named, though the book's appeal won't just be for them. Both listeners and independent readers will appreciate the humor in the text, and the book will spark imaginations and discussions on what else might make great giveaways.—Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI
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About the Author
lives with her family in rural Connecticut, where she writes books for children and teens, including When Dinosaurs Came With Everything
, Shakespeare’s Secret
and Wet Dog!
, and serves in town government. Visit Elise at www.elisebroach.com.
David Small is the Caldecott Award–winning illustrator of So You Want to Be President?
by Judith St. George. He also received Caldecott Honors for The Gardener
by Sarah Stewart and One Cool Friend
by Toni Buzzeo. He’s illustrated dozens of other award-winning books, including That Book Woman
by Heather Henson and The Underneath
by Kathi Appelt, and lives in Michigan with his wife, Sarah Stewart.