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 Reviews

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. Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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, UTBeginning Readers Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When a dinosaur becomes a family pet, it wreaks havoc in the house, scares the other animals in the park, and makes an excellent guard dog.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Relates some of the challenges of having a pet dinosaur.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Hatching out of an egg that has appeared in the backyard of an ordinary home, a giant baby dinosaur wreaks havoc in the house, makes friends with the people living there and learns about not eating the pet goldfish. A first picture book.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A large egg appears in the backyard. Is it a giant canary? A large lizard? A huge turtle? It's not any of those things. . . . It's a DINOSAUR! Follow a day filled with mayhem and excitement in the life of Dino as he causes havoc in the house, makes new friends, and learns right from wrong (the goldfish is not food!). Having an enormous dinosaur in the house can definitely be tricky, but Dino loves his people and they love him. A gloriously fun romp through the trials of owning a pet, told with a deft humorous touch and an iconic visual style by debut creator Diego Vaisberg.