If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur by Linda Bailey

if you happen to have a dinosaur

If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur
Linda Bailey
illustrated by Colin Jack
4 Stars

If you happen to have a dinosaur but don’t know quite what to do with it…there are a lot of options. From being a handy can opener to being a kite, And some of the suggestions are quite fun to imagine (like a large dinosaur looking at a robber’s face when being a “burglar alarm” to the dinosaur stomping on coffee, nuts, and potatoes to grind, crack, or mash them all). In fact, the illustrations are so fun that readers will need to look through the book multiple times just to see all the fun details. And then there is the fun bit at the end when readers are invited to think about what they would do if they didn’t have a dinosaur around (or if they happened to have a different pet like an octopus or a porcupine or Sasquatch or whatnot). This would be a fun story to read at a dinosaur story time (especially if paired with When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach).

What to do after reading this book:
Visit a Natural History Museum and look at the dinosaurs.
Visit the zoo.
Write a list of what things you could do if you had a pet dinosaur.
Decide what would be the perfect type of pet for you.
Pretend you are a dinosaur.

2014, Tundra Books
ISBN: 978-1-77049-568-5
FORMAT: Picture Book
Ages: Preschool

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