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The super hungry dinosaur
Martin Waddell
Easy Picture Book WADDELL

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The crayoned illustrations of debuting talent Lord are a terrific match for Waddell's (Bee Frog) effortless channeling of a very young storyteller. A boy named Hal and his dog, Billy, are playing in the backyard when a huge T-Rex crashes through the fence (" 'I'm hungry and I've come to eat you!' roared the Super Hungry Dinosaur"). How Hal brings the Super Hungry Dinosaur to heel-and teaches him that Mom's spaghetti and meatballs are far more satisfying than eating humans or pets-is told, as a child would, through the simple accumulation of over-the-top events, brisk dialogue and lots of evocative sound effects ("Grrrrrrr!" "Slurp!" "Burp!"). Taking her cue from children's drawings, Lord maintains a single, stage-like perspective, frequently breaking up the action into sequential strips (a chase scene involving a clothesline, trampoline and garden hose takes up several pages). She also pares down details, giving the pictures a distilled comic urgency. Her obvious glee at drawing the green, ravenous dinosaur is infectious and should inspire readers to grab their own box of crayons. Ages 3-5. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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