Reading Challenges

Library Challenge
2015

Canadian Books 8
July - June 2015



Comments for Danny and the Dinosaur

Danny and the Dinosaur: 12/10/12

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)My husband had a copy of Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff as a child. His parents still have his old collection of picture books by the bedroom the grandkids use when visiting. On our last night of a recent visit, I read the book to Sean and Harriet. What I didn't realize, was that it's one of my son's favorite "I Can Read Books."

Danny goes to the library and sees a dinosaur on display. It makes him wish that he could have a pet dinosaur. The dinosaur comes alive and offers to spend the day with Danny, saying he needs a break after so many thousands of years!

The rest of the book is all about the dinosaur's adventures in and around town with Danny. Lots of the jokes involve the dinosaur's height: he becomes a walking bridge across a busy street, a walking bus for impatient commuters, and a barge in the bay.

As the dinosaur is a friendly and intelligent creature, he quickly becomes friends with adults and children alike. The end of the book centers on him and Danny playing with neighborhood children. A game of hide and seek is rather one-sided but the children eventually find a way to make it work.

It's a cute book. I can see why my husband and son like it.

Four stars.

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