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Title:
The dinosaur's new clothes : a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale
Author:
Goode, Diane.
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Publication Information:
New York : Blue Sky Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Summary:
In this retelling of the familiar story about two rascals who sell a vain emperor an invisible suit of clothes, the characters are presented as dinosaurs.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 670 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 3.7 2 Quiz: 17384 Guided reading level: M.
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ISBN:
9780590383608
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Book

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In powdered wigs and period costumes, an entourage of dinosaurs prances across the pages of this playful new presentation of the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Children will delight in an imaginary court of Versailles, where dinosaurs, not people, are the ruling class!


Author Notes

Diane Goode was born in New York City. She has written seven and created the paintings for 55 highly acclaimed children's picture books, including the Caldecott Honor Book When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant.

Diane's other awards include, New York Times Best Seller Lists, ALA Notable(s), ABA Pick of the Lists, Oppenheim Platinum Book Award(s), Top Ten English Speaking Union of the United States Ambassador of Honor, Parent's Choice Award, Teacher's Choice Award, International Reading Association CBC, Children's Choice, Library of Congress Children's Book of the Year, National Council of Social Studies- Children's Book Council, Society of Illustrators Certificate(s )of Merit, NY Public Library 100 Titles of Reading & Sharing, Book List, and Children's Editor's Choice.

Diane is the illustrator of New York Times bestseller Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. In an uproarious combination of the lavish and the absurd, Goode sets Hans Christian Andersen's popular tale in the Palace of Versailles in the late eighteenth century--and makes all the characters dinosaurs. The emperor, a Tyrannosaurus rex, is obsessed with clothes, and dresses up in powdered wig and in period costumes embroidered with characters from Mother Goose and fairy tales. The sly trickster is a Proceratosaurus who pretends to work hard on an empty loom with threadless needles. This classic tale seems to come out in a new version every year, but Goode's huge, unwieldy, extinct creature, garish in green and gilt, is just right for a story of self-absorption and mindless fashion. Children will enjoy the nonsense, and many will recognize the various dinosaur species as well as the adult affectation. --Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

What is perhaps the most famous swindle in children's books receives a prehistoric makeover in this visually wry retelling. Using the palace of Versailles as a backdrop, Goode (Mama's Perfect Present) whips up an ensemble of pompadoured and powdered dinosaurs to portray the characters in the Hans Christian Andersen classic, with a Tyrannosaurus rex cast as the clothes-crazy emperor. The artist has a field day with the setting. Pilasters and ceilings in the Hall of Mirrors sport dino motifs and carvings; dino cherubs wing their way across elegant paintings; and the royal "Rex" insignia takes on a whole new meaning when intersected with a giant "T." Best of all are the emperor's many outfits, which have images from well-known children's stories woven into their designs. It's all good silly fun, a light parody of Andersen's send-up of gullibility and greed. Ages 3-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 4 Despite its all-dinosaur cast of characters, Goode's retelling of Andersen's familiar story is firmly rooted in 18th-century France. Faithful to the original plot, two swindlers arrive on the scene, here at the court of Versailles, where they pretend to weave magical cloth for the vain Emperor, a Tyrannosaurus rex. Despite the pretenses of the court and royal ministers, a young dinosaur watching the procession innocently proclaims that the monarch "has nothing on." The Emperor goes on, too proud to acknowledge his own foolishness. Goode has pared down the original text, making this a clearer, more readable version for today's audiences, but unlike more modern treatments such as Stephanie Calmenson's The Principal's New Clothes (Scholastic, 1989), she has maintained the spirit and essence of the creator's words. Her story flows easily and her language gives a sense of the formality of the elaborate setting. Young readers will delight in Goode's humorous images of the prehistoric giants festooned in extravagant costumes and the dinosaur images peeking down from the gilded moldings of the palace's sumptuous rooms. The frequent two-page spreads give a real sense of the vastness of Versailles and the relative sizes of the various types of dinosaurs. While the story will appeal to independent readers, it will be a bigger hit as a read-aloud. A delightful addition to standard fairy-tale collections. Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.