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A trip to dinosaur time
Foreman, Michael, 1938-
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2003.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Tom disobeys his mother when she tells him not to play with her new kitchen timer and finds himself transported to a time when dinosaurs are alive.
Reading Level:
AD 550 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 70829.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 36093 Guided reading level: J.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A top picture-book artist offers a bright flight of fancy for dinosaur lovers, prospective time travelers, and kids everywhere who let curiosity get the best of them.

It all started when Tom saw Mom's new egg timer. It was round and magnetic and looked like a spaceship, and it fit perfectly in the palm of Tom's hand. Despite Mom's warnings, Tom just had to press the flashing blue button, and suddenly - Whizz! BANG! - he was gone, transported across a zillion days and a zillion nights, back into dinosaur time! Fascinating and suspenseful, Michael Foreman's picture-book fantasy
is a passport to prehistoric fun.

Author Notes

Michael Foreman was born in Pakefield, Suffolk on March 21, 1938. At the age of fifteen, Foreman began to study art. His first children's book was published while he was still a student. He earned his M. A. from the Royal College of Art and since then, has written and/or illustrated many children's books.

After leaving art school Michael traveled all over the world making films and television commercials. He has also worked on magazines, book jackets, animated films, and TV ads. He even worked for the police, sketching criminals described by witnesses.

Foreman has won the Kate Greenaway Award twice, the Smarties Book Prize, The Kurt Maschler Award, the Children's Book Award, the Bologna Book Prize and the Francis William's Illustration Award twice.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

"This is not a toy," warns Tom's mother as she heads to the neighbor's. "Don't play with it." But her new digital kitchen timer resembles a "flying saucer" and the temptation proves too great. Tom presses a button, and Foreman (Wonder Goal!) shows the kitchen walls in a whirl of blues and aquas that, by the next spread, transform into a prehistoric lake setting. There, a bevy of only slightly menacing dinosaurs chase him into a nest of triceratops eggs. Pressing the timer button once again, he returns home with one of the eggs (just in time to hear his mother returning from the neighbor's house), which hatches in his closet. Tom uses the timer once more to dispatch the dino baby home, where the triceratops mother warns her offspring not to play with the timer-and sets the stage for a return visit. Foreman's rather perfunctory flight of fancy possesses a few intriguing aspects, including the suggestion of a budding human-reptilian friendship and the idea of ordinary objects holding alluring, extraordinary powers. Children may well appreciate the dreamlike chase scene against an exotic backdrop of fuzzy, purple palm-like trees and an erupting volcano. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-A mom shows her son a new timer and tells him not to play with it. As soon as she is gone, he takes it, pushes a button, and swirls back to the time of dinosaurs. He is chased by the creatures, and in the nick of time remembers the gadget. He carries an egg home with him that hatches into a dinosaur. The boy sends it, along with the timer, back to the dinosaur's own time, where its mother tells the youngster not to play with it. Both the beginning and end of this story are intriguing, but the journey in between is not particularly eventful or appealing. The descriptive language is full of action and fun, as are the watercolor illustrations. The swirls of pigment portraying time travel are quite effective. However, the words and pictures don't always match. For example, the text says that the mother dinosaur "glared at" Tom, but she just looks shocked. The sky fills with "flying creatures, all toothy and scaly, with angry eyes," but not a one has a tooth in its gaping mouth. This concept has been handled more successfully elsewhere. Try Eric Rohmann's Time Flies (Crown, 1994), Carol Carrick's Patrick's Dinosaurs (Clarion, 1983), and Paul Fleischman's Time Train (HarperTrophy, 1994) instead.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.