When Dinosaurs Came with Everything

by Elise Broach (Author) David Small (Illustrator)

From beloved duo Elise Broach and David Small comes an adorable picture book about a little boy who gets a free dino with purchase!

Free gift with purchase: Dinosaurs!
Wait--free what?!

Just when a little boy thinks he's going to die of boredom from running errands with his mom, the most remarkable, the most stupendous thing happens. He discovers that on this day, and this day only, stores everywhere are giving away a very special treat with any purchase. No, not the usual lollipop or sticker. Something bigger. Much, MUCH bigger. It's a dream come true, except...what exactly do you do with these Jurassic treats? And how do you convince Mom to let you keep them?

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Publishers Weekly

Starred Review
Broach ("Shakespeare's Secret") and Caldecott Medalist Small's ("So You Want to Be President?") deadpan delivery of a delectably over-the-top premise makes this tall-format picture book a virtually guaranteed crowd-pleaser. At the bakery with his mother, the freckle-faced narrator spies an odd sign above the doughnut case: Buy a Dozen Get a Dinosaur. They make the purchase, expecting a toy, but the bakery lady trots out a triceratops. When the boy's flummoxed mother cries, How are we supposed to get that home? the proprietor responds with a sardonic smile, Oh, don't worry, he'll follow you. They always do. After his doctor's appointment, the boy asks for a sticker, but the nurse announces that there are no stickers today, just dinosaurs, and the receptionist presents him with a stegosaurus. His mother prudently refuses to stop at the shoe store, movie theater and diner, but the boy picks up a pterosaur at the barber shop and uses a doughnut to lure home a hadrosaur (It wasn't my fault he disingenuously tells readers). Beleaguered by prehistoric pets, Mom comes up with a brilliant solution. Small fuels his watercolor-and-ink art with just the right dose of hyperbole, comically relaying the boy's elation and the mother's distress at the expanding menagerie. This well-balanced romp packs an outsize helping of humor. Ages 3-7. ("Sept".) Copyright 2007 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1 In a playful take on the stickers and lollipops that bored kids sweep up at businesses as parents do errands, Broach imagines what would happen if a dinosaur were the giveaway of the day. A boy's increasing delight at the freebies he collects from the bakery, the doctor, and barber contrast with his mother's increasing panic and dismay as the lumbering beasts start to accumulate. When they acquire the fourth behemoth, Mom decides that the errands are done and whisks everyone home. Once there, she finds some unique ways to put the stegosaurus, triceratops, hadrosaur, and pterosaur to good use doing household chores. Small's sketchy, tongue-in-cheek watercolor-and-ink artwork perfectly captures the boy's exuberance, the dinosaurs' mass, and the hubbub that a city full of these reptiles would create. Dinosaur lovers will enjoy seeing their favorite creatures pictured and named, though the book's appeal won't just be for them. Both listeners and independent readers will appreciate the humor in the text, and the book will spark imaginations and discussions on what else might make great giveaways."Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI" Copyright 2007 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Elise Broach

Elise Broach is the New York Times-bestselling author of award-winning books for children and young adults, including My Pet Wants a Pet, Bedtime for Little Bulldozer, the Masterpiece Adventures chapter book series, Shakespeare's Secret, The Wolf Keepers, and the Superstition Mountain Mysteries series. She lives in Connecticut.

Kelly Murphy has illustrated many books for children including the Masterpiece Adventure series, Masterpiece, Alex and the Amazing Time Machine, and the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist books. She lives in Rhode Island.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date
September 20, 2007
Junior Library Guild Selection
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
Library of Congress categories
Humorous stories
Mothers and sons
Red Clover Award
Nominee 2009 - 2009
E.B. White Read Aloud Award
Winner 2008 - 2008
Buckaroo Book Award
Nominee 2008 - 2009
Ladybug Picture Book Award
Winner 2008 - 2008
Charlotte Award
Nominee 2010 - 2010
Monarch Award
Nominee 2011 - 2011
North Carolina Children's Book Award
Nominee 2010 - 2010
Beehive Awards
Winner 2010 - 2010
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
Nominee 2010 - 2010

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