Detective dinosaur

James Skofield

Book - 1996

Detective Dinosaur and Officer Pterodactyl are challenged to solve three cases when a hat is missing, a shoe squeaks, and a loud clanging comes from a dark alley at night.

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Series
An I can read book.
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Published
New York : HarperCollins Publishers c1996.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
46 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN
0060249080
0613076125
Main Author
James Skofield (-)
Other Authors
R. W. 1955- Alley (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Gr. 1^-2. Lost-and-found is the theme of three short chapters in this I Can Read book. Detective Dinosaur helps locate Baby Penny, who steals a taxi, runs over Inez Iguanodon, and then loses her diaper. The detective's next case involves a kitten that he finds outside the station, and in the last case, the lost party is the detective himself. Despite a pronunciation guide at the beginning of the book, the use of real dinosaur names (tyrannosaurus, apatosaurus) may trip a few kids up. But it is the use of the giant creatures (cartoon-ized, of course) that is the draw here. Baby Penny's story is overly long (and why does she have to run over someone, even an anthropomorphized iguanodon?), but the rest of the book, especially the colorful, appealing art, is right on target for the age group. ((Reviewed February 1, 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2 An appealing, if somewhat bungling, detective is introduced in this easy reader. Three short chapters each present a separate case. In "The Case of the Missing Hat," Detective Dinosaur's derby is on his head the whole time, although cleverly hidden from sight in each picture. In "Night Patrol," the detective is frightened by a noise. "Perhaps it is a monster!... Perhaps we should call the Police!" "We are the Police, sir!," Officer Pterodatyl reminds him. The jokes are not particularly original, but they are likely to sound fresh to young readers. Alley's watercolor-and-ink cartoons include plenty of visual interest and some sideline humor. The vocabulary Detective Dinosaur, Officer Pterodactyl, and Deputy Diplodocus may seem at odds with the intended audience, but most primary graders know their dinosaur names (at least to hear them) as well as they know their ABCs. An entertaining addition. Sharon R. Pearce, San Antonio Public Library, TX Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Skofield and Alley team up for the second book featuring the bungling Detective Dinosaur and clever Officer Pterodactyl. In "Lost," they search for a baby apatosaur who has left a trail of clues. In "Found," they find a moving paper bag. Further investigation reveals a lost kitten. In the final chapter, "Lost and Found," Detective Dinosaur himself is lost on a foggy night and found by his sidekick when he starts singing. Each chapter tells a satisfying story. The watercolor-and-ink illustrations add visual interest and, in the case about the lost baby, reveal her location to alert readers. The humor is right on target for beginning readers. Not meant for the scientific dino fan who may wonder at Granny Apatosaurus, who wears lipstick and sensible black shoes, and pushes a baby carriage, the book is sure to delight anyone who just likes dinosaurs. Copyright 1998 School Library Journal

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Along with his sidekick Officer Pterodactyl, bumbling but well-meaning Detective Dinosaur solves mysteries that he often has caused, including the cases of a missing hat, a squeaky shoe, and a mysterious shadow.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Detective Dinosaur and Officer Pterodactyl are challenged to solve three cases when a hat is missing, a shoe squeaks, and a loud clanging comes from a dark alley at night