Sperring, Mark

Book - 2003
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Even though Marty's mother has told him that dinosaurs no longer exist, he is certain they are just good at hiding and sets out to find one, encountering many fantastic creatures along the way.

Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2003.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 0439531624
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Steele-Morgan, Alexandra


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Mar 15, 2015
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Marty's mom tells him about dinosaurs one day. He decides he would like to spend some time with a dinosaur so he sets out to look for one. He looks everywhere, but only finds a monster, elves, a unicorn, a dragon, and other non-dinosaur type creatures. Marty's mom tries to convince him that dinosaurs no longer exist. But Marty is not convinced. He determines to look even harder since the dinosaurs are hiding so well.

The illustrations are highly textured. They are very colorful and detailed, but not overly so. Occasionally the lettering of the words is too dark for the picture making it difficult to see. I could have done without the elves parachuting with mom's bra in this children's book as well.

This story is pure fantasy, but it is full of surprises. You have no idea what fantasy creature is going to show up on the next page. I love the fold out pages of what looks like a dinosaur at first, but ends up as something else when you open the flaps. This story encourages imagination and thinking in the realm of the impossible. It is not really a book about dinosaurs.

This book is advertized for ages 3-5. I think 6 and 7 year olds will enjoy it as well.


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