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Dogosaurus Rex
First edition.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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Ben selects from the shelter a most unusual "dog" that wreaks havoc in town until she has a chance to prove her worth.


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Ben can't wait to adopt the best dog in the world. On a trip to the shelter, he sees dogs of all kinds, but none of them are quite right. Then he finds Sadie. Sadie is big - really big. She says "roar" instead of "woof" and she doesn't fit inside the house, but Ben knows she's the best dog in the world. Now if only she could stop causing so much trouble!

Author Notes

Anna Staniszewski is the author of Power Down, Little Robot, illustrated by Tim Zeltner, as well as several well-loved books for tweens. She lives near Boston with her husband, their daughter, and their (furry, normal-sized) dog, Emma.annastan.comKevin Hawkes is an award-winning illustrator and all-around lover of the outdoors. He's illustrated more than forty books for children, including the bestselling Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen. He lives with his wife and children in Gorham,

Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

The smartest person in this delightfully mischievous story is the reader: he or she will instantly know that Sadie, Ben's new shelter pet, isn't a dog but an enormous green Tyrannosaurus rex. To all of the characters, however, Sadie is just a very big pooch, albeit one who is "kind of funny looking" (according to neighborhood kids), smashes cars and fruit stands when obeying Ben's commands, and leaves a pile as big as Ben himself when she goes outside to "do her business." "This dog sure is a lot of trouble," says Ben's mother. "We might have to bring her back to the shelter." But Ben is determined to make his "dog" indispensable, and within a few pages, he inadvertently finds a way. Staniszewski (Power Down, Little Robot) keeps her ace poker face intact until the very end, and Hawkes's (Have a Look, Says Book) watercolors play right along, evoking the earnest innocence of a small-town setting in a way that brings to mind vintage children's books. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

When Ben and his mom go to the animal shelter to pick out a dog, there are many choices available (shown in an illustration full of adorable canines), but none of them were quite right. Then Ben spots a giant cage and immediately connects with the creature inside, clearly a Tyrannosaurus rex, whom he names Sadie. ROAR! said Sadie, wagging her tail. That dog sure has a strange bark, said Bens mom. While everyone in town seems either too polite or too obtuse to point out that the dog Ben walks (using a garden-hose leash) is a dinosaur, they do notice that Sadie is unusual. There is no end of trouble while Ben struggles with the logistics of keeping Sadie, and just when Mom starts making noises about returning her to the shelter, Sadie and Ben work together as a team to stop a robber. The grateful town undergoes a paradigm shift that leaves everyone acknowledging that the usefulness of having a dinosaur around might outweigh the difficulties. Using a soft palette and a variety of spot art and spreads, the sepia-toned-pencil, watercolor, and acrylic illustrations capitalize on Sadies size and the outrageousness of the storys plot to create added humor and pleasurable incredulity. julie roach (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Ben visits the pound with his mother to adopt a puppy and ends up leaving with a dinosaur. Hilarity ensues as he tries to treat his new pet, Sadie, like a dog. Poor Sadie cannot perform anything she is asked to do. She obliterates cars, destroys fruit stands, and won't even fit into her own house. Soon, the townsfolk turn on her and encourage Ben to take her back to the pound. One day, Sadie has the opportunity to prove her worth and chases a thief through the town and into the fields. Her dinosaur strength and speed render her more useful than any police officer. Could Sadie be helpful after all? Before long, Sadie charms her neighbors and is appreciated for the sweet pet she is. This upbeat and original story stresses the importance of compassion and giving everyone a second chance. Readers will learn how to look beyond appearances. Fans of Bob Shea's "Dinosaur Versus" series will notice similarities, particularly the outrageous scenarios and witty dialogue. The narrative is perfectly complemented by Hawkes's whimsical and colorful illustrations. VERDICT This is a delightful and funny read-aloud that will entice children of all ages.-Katherine Hickey, Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

The canon of books about oversized and/or inappropriate pets for kids gets yet another addition, but with a dinosaur, this one rises above the herd. At an animal shelter, Ben can't decide from among more than 20 "cute dogs and funny dogs and loud dogs and smelly dogs," but the giant Tyrannosaurus rex in a nearby cage seems just right. Ben calls her "Sadie," Sadie goes, "ROAR!" and, of course, it's love at first pet sighting. Things get complicated when it comes to feeding, disposing of dinosaur waste, and even bathing, when Sadie drinks the contents of an entire lake. But the dinosaur comes in handy foiling a fruit-stand robbery, turning Sadie from a town pariah to a beloved fixture: "The most popular dog in town." The text plays out the drama and redemption in simple, understated prose that gives free rein to Hawkes' wildly expressive illustrations of Sadie. While brown-skinned, black-haired Ben and the other humans of the book are drawn with dot eyes and in small scale, Sadie is impressively detailed, with big, kind eyes, complexly shaded skin, and a seemingly endless range of emotion. She grins with satisfaction, fetches a robber with steely determination, and enjoys a tickle with a floppy tongue hanging out and feet wiggling in the air. It may feel as though there are a few too many dinosaur picture books around, but for how well this one brings lovable Sadie to life, it deserves a place on the shelf. (Picture book. 4-7) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.