Mom's Book Review: Dino Pets


Is your kid driving you crazy, begging you for just the right pet? Be thankful he's not asking for a dinosaur. That's the premise of the lively preschool picture book mom blogger Jean Ladden reviews here, after having read it both to a classroom of toddlers and to her own young son.

Dino Pets 

By Lynn Plourde; illustrated by Gideon Kendall; published by Puffin

Age: 2-5 years

Genre: picture book

I recently came across this book at the library and remembered using it in my preschool classroom with 1- and 2-year-olds during our unit on dinosaurs, and they always enjoyed it.

Dino Pets follows a young boy who takes home all different kinds of dinosaurs for pets, but none of them work out. He picks the biggest dino, the smallest, the longest, the scariest, but either they don’t fit in his house, they run away or they frighten his family. He runs out of dinosaurs to get from the pet shop and is sad, but in the end, all the dinos come back to him because, “No one likes to sleep alone.”

This is a cute story about trying to find just the right pet that adds in the clever turn of the pets being dinosaurs. I like that it shows an assortment of dinosaurs that are not often used in other books, and an author’s note at the back tells the name of each dinosaur featured in the book as well as some information about it. Kids may enjoy listening to the rhyme in Dino Pets and seeing the funny scenes when the dinosaurs interact with humans. Kendall’s bright and friendly illustrations really bring the story to life and don’t make the dinosaurs seem scary. This is a fun, imaginative, and educational book.

Bucks County mom Jean Ladden spends way more time reading children's books than adult books, and that's just the way she likes it. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Chatham University and is currently raising a 1-year-old, working part-time at a neighborhood library and freelance writing. She loves to share new books as well as old via her blog, Jean's Book Reviews.


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