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Dogosaurus Rex, Anna Staniszewski ; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

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Dogosaurus Rex
Title
Dogosaurus Rex
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Anna Staniszewski ; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
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Language
eng
Summary
Ben selects from the shelter a most unusual "dog" that wreaks havoc in town until she has a chance to prove her worth
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Review
  • PreS-Gr 2—Ben visits the pound with his mother to adopt a puppy and ends up leaving with a dinosaur. Hilarity ensues as he tries to treat his new pet, Sadie, like a dog. Poor Sadie cannot perform anything she is asked to do. She obliterates cars, destroys fruit stands, and won't even fit into her own house. Soon, the townsfolk turn on her and encourage Ben to take her back to the pound. One day, Sadie has the opportunity to prove her worth and chases a thief through the town and into the fields. Her dinosaur strength and speed render her more useful than any police officer. Could Sadie be helpful after all? Before long, Sadie charms her neighbors and is appreciated for the sweet pet she is. This upbeat and original story stresses the importance of compassion and giving everyone a second chance. Readers will learn how to look beyond appearances. Fans of Bob Shea's "Dinosaur Versus" series will notice similarities, particularly the outrageous scenarios and witty dialogue. The narrative is perfectly complemented by Hawkes's whimsical and colorful illustrations. VERDICT This is a delightful and funny read-aloud that will entice children of all ages.—Katherine Hickey, Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City --Katherine Hickey (Reviewed 07/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 7, p65)
  • /* Starred Review */ The smartest person in this delightfully mischievous story is the reader: he or she will instantly know that Sadie, Ben’s new shelter pet, isn’t a dog but an enormous green Tyrannosaurus rex. To all of the characters, however, Sadie is just a very big pooch, albeit one who is “kind of funny looking” (according to neighborhood kids), smashes cars and fruit stands when obeying Ben’s commands, and leaves a pile as big as Ben himself when she goes outside to “do her business.” “This dog sure is a lot of trouble,” says Ben’s mother. “We might have to bring her back to the shelter.” But Ben is determined to make his “dog” indispensable, and within a few pages, he inadvertently finds a way. Staniszewski (Power Down, Little Robot) keeps her ace poker face intact until the very end, and Hawkes’s (Have a Look, Says Book) watercolors play right along, evoking the earnest innocence of a small-town setting in a way that brings to mind vintage children’s books. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary. (Aug.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 06/05/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 23, p)
  • The canon of books about oversized and/or inappropriate pets for kids gets yet another addition, but with a dinosaur, this one rises above the herd. At an animal shelter, Ben can't decide from among more than 20 "cute dogs and funny dogs and loud dogs and smelly dogs," but the giant Tyrannosaurus rex in a nearby cage seems just right. Ben calls her "Sadie," Sadie goes, "ROAR!" and, of course, it's love at first pet sighting. Things get complicated when it comes to feeding, disposing of dinosaur waste, and even bathing, when Sadie drinks the contents of an entire lake. But the dinosaur comes in handy foiling a fruit-stand robbery, turning Sadie from a town pariah to a beloved fixture: "The most popular dog in town." The text plays out the drama and redemption in simple, understated prose that gives free rein to Hawkes' wildly expressive illustrations of Sadie. While brown-skinned, black-haired Ben and the other humans of the book are drawn with dot eyes and in small scale, Sadie is impressively detailed, with big, kind eyes, complexly shaded skin, and a seemingly endless range of emotion. She grins with satisfaction, fetches a robber with steely determination, and enjoys a tickle with a floppy tongue hanging out and feet wiggling in the air. It may feel as though there are a few too many dinosaur picture books around, but for how well this one brings lovable Sadie to life, it deserves a place on the shelf. (Picture book. 4-7)(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10569454
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DLC
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Staniszewski, Anna
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Hawkes, Kevin
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True
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  • Dinosaurs as pets
  • Pet adoption
  • Community life
  • Dinosaurs as pets
  • Pet adoption
  • Community life
  • Humorous stories
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Pets
  • Dinosaurs as pets
Target audience
primary
Label
Dogosaurus Rex, Anna Staniszewski ; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
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rdacarrier
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  • rdacontent
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Control code
1816468
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780805097061
Lccn
2016038366
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805097061
  • (OCoLC)953843140
Label
Dogosaurus Rex, Anna Staniszewski ; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1816468
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780805097061
Lccn
2016038366
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805097061
  • (OCoLC)953843140

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