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When dinosaurs go to school
Martin, Linda, 1961-
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Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Dinosaurs spend a day at school with reading, writing, arithmetic, music, fingerpaints, exercise, and pizza.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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What happens when dinosaurs go to school? After goodbye hugs and a quick bus ride, they spend the day playing and learning. They mix up squishy fingerpaints, practice playing tuba, munch prickly pizza, brave the dino-slide, and look forward to another day of school. With her funny, rhyming text and hilarious illustrations, Linda Martin invites everyone to see just how cool-osaurus school can be.

Author Notes

Linda Martin lives in Colorado Springs, likes crossword puzzles, gourmet food, and antique books and things. This is her first children's book, and she says it was lots of fun to do, but now she is anxious to get started on book number two.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6. Written in rhyming verse, Martin's picture book features two fun-loving dinosaur siblings who are off to the bus stop and on to an exciting, happy day of school. In their cheerful town, a positively merry school exists, and that is where these young dinosaurs study spelling and art, learn how to swim and play soccer, break for lunch and recess, and take music lessons. "They learn their numbers, / and they learn how flowers grow. / But now the school day's over, / and it's time for them to go." Martin's lively illustrations in watercolor, acrylic, and pen and ink give children plenty to look at, just as they did in When Dinosaurs Go Visiting (1993). --Kathy Broderick

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Two dinosaur siblings "wash behind their ears and scales," dress "nicely," eat a "healthy" breakfast, and are ready for a "very happy" ride on the bus. At school, they have spelling lessons, read, paint, exercise, and play on the dino-slide. Their day is described in relentlessly cheerful verse until the final page: "Dinosaurs all say goodbye,/and soon they're on their way./But they'll be back tomorrow,/for another fun-filled day!" The siblings have no personalities and they encounter no challenges. The cartoonlike illustrations-a combination of watercolors, acrylics, and pen and ink-are cheerful too, filled with smiling teachers and busy children. While the book may help preschoolers develop a positive attitude as they look ahead to kindergarten, some may find this idealized school with its swimming pool, music lessons, and lunch served from a table covered in white linen quite different from their own.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.