Extinct no more
Exhumed from childhood past
Befriend this beast
To show, at least,
Great stories always last.
Note: I met Danny and his pal, Dino, last week after my partner insisted that we simply must track down her fav book growing up.
I had never heard of it, but Nick has been obsessed with all things dragon, dinosaur, and monster, so this story about a young boy’s friendship with a brontosaurus he picks up at the museum fit the bill.
It has a similar look and feel as the Harry the Dog books – my partner’s second favorite character – with bold, colorful illustrations and easy-to-read text, making it a great choice for the underline-the-word-as-you-go method of reading to toddlers to help them make the connection between the spoken and printed word.
As expected, Danny and Dino have great adventures – they take in a ball game, hit the city zoo, and get tangled in clothing lines. Ah, sweet youth.
This is clearly a book from another era:
1. Guns appear on the 2nd page – it is a natural history museum, after all.
2. There are no PC-police-mandated multicultural characters.
3. There’s no snark.
Don’t get me wrong – I heart some hardcore TWOP/Gawker snark as much as the next person –
Just not in my children’s books.
So when Dino plays hide and seek with kids, then gets discouraged when he can’t hide his 75-foot, 25-ton body, Danny convinces the other kids to pretend not to see him…even when he’s “hiding” behind a lamppost.
It’s sweet, compassionate and understated, just like the rest of the book.
Bonus: The 3-volume set of Danny’s adventures can be picked up for the price of a venti mocha.
The sacrifices we make for our children…