Diego Vaisberg

Book - 2018

Meet Dino, a pet unlike any other. Having a dinosaur in the house can be tricky. He makes a mess wherever he stomps, eats everything, and scares away the mail carrier. Surely one pet dinosaur is more than enough...

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Stories in rhyme
Animal fiction
Picture books
Sommerville, MA : Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press 2018.
First U.S. edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Main Author
Diego Vaisberg (author)
Review by Booklist Review

Digital illustrations in red and blue relate the tale of a big egg that mysteriously appears in the yard. Though the family wasn't expecting to raise a prehistoric creature, they kept the dinosaur that hatched, because he was so cute and friendly. As the large and clumsy reptile grows and grows (think bull in a china shop), he eats them out of house and home and he's not always munching on food. As the illustrations reveal, Dino will devour anything pans, tires, and chairs included. He earns his keep by acting as a watchdog, but otherwise his actions are very much like a young child: he likes to play ball, doesn't clean up his toys, and enjoys taking bubble baths. Dino is lucky that he arrived at that particular house, as the family is quite tolerant and beyond accommodating when more surprises arrive in their backyard. Youngsters infatuated with anything dinosaur will love the idea of raising one in their house.--Maryann Owen Copyright 2018 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Having a dinosaur for a pet can be quite tricky as the narrator of this story explains. After finding an egg and speculating on its contents, the narrator's family is quite surprised to discover they've adopted a dinosaur. At first, Dino fits in the house, but when he grows to be enormous it causes trouble. The unknown narrator continues to explain the challenges of having a dinosaur as a pet, but things become even more complicated when three more eggs show up. The text is well written and easy to read, but it's the illustrations that provide the amusing surprises. The red and blue color scheme works surprisingly well in directing the eye to the humorous elements. VERDICT A delightful story that's bound to work well as a read-aloud and be popular in most -collections.-Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Horn Book Review

A mysterious egg appears in a yard and hatches a dinosaur. An unseen character narrating in first-person plural straightforwardly explains how having a pet dinosaur is definitely not easy ("we play outside as much as possible, though he doesn't always bring the ball back"); the stylized, two-tone (blue and red) illustrations provide the humor (Dino's too-short arms can't reach the ball). (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

Some of the challenges of having a bigreally bigpet."Having an enormous dinosaur in the house can be a bit tricky," observes the unseen narrator with considerable understatement. Hatching from a gigantic egg in the backyard, little Dino, "so cute and friendly," soon becomes big enough to scare off both the mail carrier and possible new friends in the park, not to mention to knock things over and to chew on the furniture. Even if his favorite game is fetch, he doesn't always bring back the ball. Nor (with a deft transition into metaphor) does Dino always put his toys away at day's endbut bathtime makes him sleepy, and at day's end, off to bed he goes. Young readers with big dogs or younger sibs will easily relate, though in contrast to the moodier, bright red dino in Bob Shea's Dinosaur vs. series, this one is a good-natured sort, invariably smiling toothily as he romps and stomps through Vaisberg's minimally detailed, two-toned indoor and outdoor settings, created digitally but with a look that blends watercolor and printmaking. And if one dinosaur in the house is a handful, what's to do when three more eggs appear in the backyard? The perfect solution: "So we got a bigger house!"A bright, buoyant addition to both the "giant pet" and "new sibling" genres. (Picture book. 4-7) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.