Four dinosaurs travel through time to take part in a zany crusade against evil on the streets of New York City, in a storybook based on the animated film adapted from Hudson Talbott's classic tale. Movie tie-in.
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Illus. in full color. "What happens when scientists from outer space test a new brain-developing product on dinosaurs, educate them, and drop them off in the middle of Manhattan's Thanksgiving Day Parade? Those five and up will adore the off-beat humor of this prehistoric tour de force."--Parents Magazine.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2 Outer space creatures test market their new product Brain Grain, an IQ enhancer, on dinosaurs. They educate the beasts and ship them to the United States, where the dinosaurs land in New York just in time for the Thanksgiving Day parade. After wreaking havoc with the balloons and spectators, the dinosaurs are taken in by a kindly museum curator at the Natural History Museum, Dr. Bleeb. She helps them escape the wrath of the police by posing the dinosaurs as a museum exhibit. When the police leave, the dinosaurs decide to stay, and fall asleep listening to Dr. Bleeb's bedtime stories. Readers may also be put to sleep by this book's feeble plot, which is packed with Supersaurus-sized holes. Who are these outer space creatures anyhow, and what dinosaur-populated planet do they come from? Why do they ship the creatures to the U.S.? And why do they disappear totally from the book after dumping the dinosaurs in New York? The rather nice watercolors are interrupted by mundane cartoon dialogue, which unfortunately only adds to the pointless meanderings of the text. Better books are Carrick's Patrick's Dinosaurs (Houghton, 1983) or Bernard Most's If the Dinosaurs Came Back (HBJ, 1978); let this one fossilize. Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
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