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Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur Library Binding – Sep 1997

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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Topeka Bindery (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613081064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613081061
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 15.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 195 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,899,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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“…a fable cunningly designed to delight children and parents alike…a split-level fantasy that taps an ageless sense of insolence.”
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Format: Paperback
Jacob Two-Two was a big hit in our family. It is short (87 pages), with brief chapters that are perfect for reading to the children before hustling them into bed. It also meets my bedtime story criteria: lots of illustrations, appeals to boys and girls, and is enjoyed by both children and parents. My husband read quite a few of the chapters this time, and I am pleased to report that this book was a hit with everyone.
Jacob is the youngest of five children, is two times two times two years old, and repeats everything he says twice because otherwise no one notices him. He struggles with his family over emerging independence; he can pour his own cereal, but isn't allowed to cross the street. He wants to help but can't do things right, and is an unwanted tag-along in his older sibling's games. After inadvertently offending the grocer with his repetitious speaking, Jacob is arrested and sentenced to two years, two months, two weeks, two days, two hours and two minutes at the children's prison. This Lemony Snickett style institution is run by the Hooded Fang, formerly the "most hated and vile villian in all of wrestling". Happily, it is not long before Jacob overthrows the Big People running the fearsome prison, with the assistance of the juvenile heroes of Child Power, the Intrepid Shapiro and the Fearless O'Toole (a.k.a. Jacob's siblings, Emma and Noah). It is a charming story of empowerment for little folk.
Unsurprisingly, with Richler, the writing is witty, clever, and the characters well-drawn. I particularly appreciated Louis Loser and Justice Rough.
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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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Format: Paperback
As an elementary teacher, I have found this fun and hilarious book to be a younger "Harry Potter". "Jacob Two-Two" is straightforward, human, and vivid. It highlights the themes of empathy, independence, and power--a strong message about the value of every individual. I would highly recommend it for any child from grades 1-4. Excellent!
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We liked this story because Jacob thought the Hooded Fang was funny even though he was scariest person that you have ever seen. Jacob knew he was really childish. The funniest part was when the Hooded Fang said "I want my mommy." We liked how Jacob said everything twice. We could relate to how he couldn't do the things his brothers and sisters could. One of us is still terrible at cutting bread so she feels like him when one side comes out really thick and the other is like a sheet of paper. Another kid feels like him because her sister goes to 2 hours of gymnastics and she only goes to one. Written by a club of good readers who like to read.
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Format: Hardcover
As a child in school, I heard "Jacob Two-Two Meets The Hooded Fang" humorously mentioned but knew nothing about it. I also have vague awareness of Mordecai Richler and was surprised to find him author of this whimsical character. I discovered it was a series, by him, after picking up "Jacob Two-Two & The Dinosaur" in a thrift store. Preferring to observe the timeline of story development, I soon found this prequel at another sale and dug in.

This embodies a definite stretch of imagination, pertaining to Mordecai's originality and the tale itself being a dream. I applaud the great degree of detail and tremendous whimsy that resulted.
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This book is about a young boy ( 2+2+2 years old) who is sentto a children's prison in the foggiest part of England. This prison isrun by a Former wrestler called The Hooded Fang. The Hooded Fang considers himself vile, vicious, and mean, but nobody agrees. The Intrepid Shapiro and the Fearless O'Toole plot to rescue Jacob and all the other children in the Children's Prison but there are a few kinks. A worker at the Children's prison called Mr. Fox leads them to the Children's Prison. After a great battle... I won't tell you the rest. S. Perry
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Jacob Two-Two is two plus two plus two years old, he has two older brothers and two older sisters, he's the smallest in his family so he says everything twice because no one listens to him the first time. Then one day when Jacob Two-Two is put in the childerns prison and meets the Hooded Fang, he must find a way to get out with the help of the fearless O'Tolle and the intreped Shapero. If you like suprise endings and good plots, Jacob Two-Two is the book for you.Jacob Two-Two is the book for you.
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