Laura Joy Rennert’s first ever picture book should not be missed. She creates a catalogue advertising dinosaurs as pets for children. She provides a cute and silly way of learning about dinos. First she dedicates whole pages to categories of the pets such as “horned,” “ginormous,” “winged,” “spiny,” and “sharp-toothed.” She uses humor to make even the fearsome T. Rex sound like an appealing pet, at least for someone willing to take on a big challenge.
Then the book lists the materials one needs to properly care for a pet dinosaur, such as food and a nice place to sleep. Rennert goes on to teach us how to train our dinos to perform fun tricks, just like a dog. She also covers topics such as feeding, bathing, vet visits, and much, much more.
To match the fun and quirky style of Rennert’s writing, beloved artist and creator of “Arthur,” Marc Brown, lends his exquisite illustrations to the book. Using a technique known as monoprinting, along with gouache, his paintings stand out and give every page larger than life coloring. Scientists say that dinosaurs used to be colorful creatures, and Marc Brown certainly must have had this in mind, because his paintings are as vibrant as can be. This beautifully illustrated and well-written story is great for sharing. It is easy for young readers, but is also good for reading to a smaller child. If you like Marc Brown’s style, then you absolutely must read this delightful book.
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