Sunday, May 10, 2015

Beginning Reader Review of Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

Celebrating Children's Book Week!
Synopsis: "Danny loves dinosaurs. When he sees one at the museun and says, "It would be nice to play with a dinosaur," a voice answers, "And I think it would be nice to play with you." So begins Dannys and the dinosaur's wonderful adventure together!

But a dinosaur is no ordinary playmate. Even the most everyday activities become extraordinary, like finding a big-enough place to hide a dinosaur in a game of hide-and-seek, and keeping him from knocking over houses with his long tail. But Danny can teach a old dinosaur new tricks. It's the most fun this dinosaur has had in a hundred million years!

Originally published as An I Can Read Book over 40 years ago, this classic story is perfect for reading together.

Danny's out on the town with a real live dinosaur. And whether they're eating ice cream or playing hide-and-seek, these two are having one hundred million years of fun--all in one day."

My Review: I think I remember my little brother bringing this book home from the library when we were kids. I find it to be a little long for a level 1 beginning reader with a little more complex words and sentence structure. Maybe this is just me but a lot of the older ones seem to be like this, maybe more was expected of kids reading in that time or maybe we are pushing kids to read the new level 1 books earlier. Anyway, it is a fun book, honestly what kid wouldn't want to hang out with a dinosaur for the day?! As I said it is a little long so it might need to be read in a couple of sittings and with some help with some of the words.
My Rating: While this is a classic book, it seems a little big for those beginning readers, I would work about them getting discouraged. It is a fun book and hopefully young kids will still enjoy the story.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.

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