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Patrick's dinosaurs on the Internet
Carrick, Carol.
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Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
After looking up information about dinosaurs on his computer, Patrick is awakened by a dinosaur who arrives in a spaceship to take Patrick to his planet for show and tell.
Reading Level:
AD 310 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 47335.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 2 Quiz: 20389 Guided reading level: M.
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Patrick loves dinosaurs, and he loves looking at them on the Internet. But he has no idea that dinosaurs are looking back! One night, Flato, a friendly, freckle-faced creature, invites Patrick to travel in a fantastic spaceship to visit his dinosaur planet. That's only the first of Patrick's amazing adventures, which include an intergalactic soccer game and a close call with a hungry Tyrannosaurus rex. Both longtime fans and first-time readers will adore this delightful new story about Patrick, featuring the work of a distinctive new illustrator who brings his own humorous, contemporary touch to the book.

Author Notes

Carol Carrick was born in Plainfield, New Jersey on May 20, 1935. She received a degree in advertising art from Hofstra University in 1957. After college, she worked as a layout and mechanical artist at several New York advertising agencies and at Coronet magazine. Her first book, The Old Barn, was published in 1966 and was primarily a vehicle for her husband Donald F. Carrick's illustrations. They collaborated on 37 books before his death in 1989 including Sleep Out, Ben and the Porcupine, Two Very Little Sisters, and Stay Away from Simon. She wrote nine more books after that including Mothers Are Like That and The Polar Bears Are Hungry, which were illustrated by her son Paul. She died due to complications from a stroke on June 6, 2013 at the age of 78.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 6^-7, younger for reading aloud. The (more or less) realistic dinos in Donald Carrick's illustrations for Patrick's Dinosaurs (1983) and What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs? (1986) give way to flat, brightly colored--but still recognizable--cartoon beasties in Patrick's tardy third appearance, illustrated by Milgrim. Late one night a dinosaur named Flato ("rhymes with Play-doh") appears on Patrick's monitor screen, then outside his window to whisk him off for an extraterrestrial show-and-tell on the planet where all the dinosaurs now live. Carrick folds in a bit of cautionary subplotting with the sudden appearance of Rex, a Tyrannosaurus seeking a handout (like bears in certain national parks on Earth), then takes Patrick back to his own bed for dreams of dinosaur-shaped constellations. Offer this brief out-of-bedroom experience to Bernard Most fans or as a prelude to Patrick's earlier, but more elaborately detailed, visions. --John Peters

Publisher's Weekly Review

Carrick created Patrick's Dinosaurs and its sequel with her late husband, illustrator Donald Carrick. While those books featured realistic-looking dinosaurs in impossible settings, Milgrim (Dog Brain; Cows Can't Fly) doodles these dinosÄthey are as whimsical as their surroundings. Patrick's musing at the close of What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs?Äthat the prehistoric animals "built a big spaceship and left"Äproves to be true, as he discovers during a chat with an extraterrestrial dinosaur via an Internet link. His brother, Hank, nods off to sleep, but Patrick is mesmerized by his starry screensaver. Suddenly, "the freckled face of a dinosaur" appears on the screen. The roly-poly dino wears a pair of purple wraparound sunglasses. "I'll be there soon," he says and promptly arrives at the window in a spaceship. He introduces himself as Flato ("It rhymes with Play-Doh") and whisks Patrick off to a planet with a welcoming committee of dinosaurs. Patrick romps among the herbivores before returning home. Patrick's latest adventure is purely entertaining fare. Young technophiles won't learn a thing about real dinos, software or outer space, but they will be entertained. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2 This sequel to Patrick's Dinosaurs (1983) and What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs? (1986, both Clarion) describes an imaginary world in which dinosaurs live in outer space and check in on earthly inhabitants such as Patrick ever so often. After appearing to him on the Internet, Flato (which "rhymes with Play-Doh") invites Patrick to his planet to be his "show and tell." Fans of the earlier books, illustrated by the late Donald Carrick, may feel a bit disconcerted with Milgrim's modern illustrations. Yet the muted green, blue, and purple creatures with their comic, bulbous heads and bodies blend well with the outer-space theme. Unlike the previous titles' successful combination of interesting fact with fantasy, this new tale is pure make-believe. The author continues to use the outdated term "brontosaurus" rather than the preferred "apatosaurus." Fans may just want to skip this bit of fluff and stick with the old favorites. Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.