Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur Library Binding – Sep 1997
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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.
“…a fable cunningly designed to delight children and parents alike…a split-level fantasy that taps an ageless sense of insolence.”
–Maclean's --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Loved Thanks characters, great imagination. This book is great for kids 5 to 7. Fun to read out loud, lots of laughs and screams.Published 6 months ago
Just read it to my 5 year old over the course of several nights and we both thoroughly enjoyed it!Published 12 months ago by UpsetMom
My son was assigned this book as a home reading book. He is in grade 2 and expected to read it alone. This is virtually impossible. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dee
I read 2 chapters of Jacob Two-Two every night while we were on holiday to my 5 and 8 yr. old nephews and they absolutely loved it ! Read morePublished 24 months ago by Marian J. Stewart
I've never read Mordecai Richler's book Jacob Two-Two, but I have seen the movie. Not the one made in the late '90s but the one from the '80s. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2003 by Tom Gillespie
Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang is an interesting book,about a boy and the adventures of the fearless O'Toole and intrepidShapiro. Read morePublished on April 3 2000
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