Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur

A First Book of Manners
Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners. illus. by Tim Bowers. unpaged. CIP. Knopf. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86720-0; PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96720-7. LC 2009037576.
PreS-K—This book begins as a little girl meets a dinosaur in a grocery store. The rhyming story presents a situation that she finds herself in, such as when the oversize creature knocks over a bunch of apples in the produce aisle. The text then asks, "If you pick them up, what will she say?" The dinosaur responds with a resounding, "Thank you." Each response to the question is displayed in a speech bubble, adding to the already vibrant illustrations. Basic words and phrases are presented, such as: "Please," Thank you," "No thank you," "I'm sorry," "You're welcome," and "Excuse me." Bowers's acrylic paintings are bright and filled with humor. For example, the adults all seem to be mystified that there is a dinosaur in the store while the little girl is perfectly accepting of this friendly looking dinosaur with pink cat's-eye glasses and a tiny purse and basket. The fun rhymes and humorous, full-color illustrations make the story a sure bet for multiple readings and discussions of manners—-Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
While shopping in a grocery store, a girl meets a friendly dinosaur. What should she say? "Hello. I’m pleased to meet you." And if her cart bumps the dinosaur, how should she respond? "I’m sorry." The jaunty rhyme describing the silly situations requiring polite answers and the amusing acrylic illustrations keep the lessons lighthearted.

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