“If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur” is a delightful children’s book, explaining all the potential uses of a dinosaur pet.
I’m not a young boy, so I have no longstanding fascination with dinosaurs like it seems so many young boys do. Yet, even as an adult woman, I was able to greatly enjoy this story. The uses for the dinosaurs were incredibly unique, ranging from a babysitter, to an umbrella, to a lawn mower. I definitely enjoyed the creative ideas that are in this book, they truly make “If you Happen to Have a Dinosaur” an enjoyable read.
The illustrations in this book are absolutely darling. The people themselves are all awkward looking, while still managing to look loveable. And all of the dinosaurs look different, adding great variety to each page of the book. The illustrations are crisp and bright and do a fantastic job of illustrating what is written on the page. Some of the more hilarious uses for a dinosaur (such as a babysitter) have appropriately hilarious illustrations, and the same goes for the more serious uses and their appropriate illustrations.
The one problem that I found with this book is that the sentences don’t flow perfectly together. A little bit of rhyme, or similar sentence flow, would have gone a long way in making this book even more enjoyable. That being said, this book would be a perfect book to read over and over (and over and over again) as rhyming books have a tendency to get on ones nerves faster than a book without rhyme.
The final thing I wish to mention in regards to this book is the ending. The ending of “If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur” is absolutely hilarious and the perfect way to close the story. The second to last page acknowledges the fact that not every young child just happens to have a dinosaur lying around and suggests other animals that they might have instead. The very last page of the story ends with, “What can you do with a kangaroo?”, leaving open the option for the author to write subsequent stories along the same lines as this one.
I would definitely recommend, “If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur” to those with younglings loving dinosaurs, or those looking for a humorous picture book with adorable illustrations.
I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.