Rory the Dinosaur Wants a Pet

illus. by Liz Climo. 40p. Little, Brown. Jun. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780316277297.
PreS-Gr 1—In Rory the dinosaur's second adventure, he decides he wants a pet. The shells at the beach are all empty. Other creatures are too high to reach or too fast to catch, or they simply don't want to be pets at all. Just as Rory is about to give up, something brown and fuzzy (a coconut) shakes loose from a palm tree and rolls right up to him. Immediately claiming it as his longed-for pet, Rory rushes home to show his dad. He dubs his new pet George, and they play, bathe, put on pajamas, and settle in to share a book before bedtime. The digital cartoons are simple yet clear, colorful, and expressive. Young readers will see Rory's pet for what it truly is and will delight in being wiser than the little dinosaur.
VERDICT A fun book to share with the very young either one-on-one or in small groups.

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