Pernix and Viva, tiny dinosaurs struggling to survive in a world of giants, make a secure nest together, but the evil flying reptiles plan to attack them, and Pernix must outwit them.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
Kindergarten-Grade 2-Like John Horner and James Gorman's Maia (Running, 1989) and Jim Murphy's Dinosaur for a Day (Scholastic, 1992), this book follows the life of a small dinosaur from infancy through adulthood, and the birth of his own offspring. The lively story describes Pernix's search for a companion; his torment at the hands of and subsequent revenge against three bully pterodactyls; and his constant battle to acquire, rather than become, food. The big, lush illustrations create the arboreal atmosphere of a rainforest, dense with wet leaves, mossy smells, and filtered sunlight. In the beginning of the book, little Pernix survives on his own. Later, when he and his mate have their own babies, they are extremely attentive parents. Such anthropomorphizing may seem to contradict logic. Then again, this is a story about talking dinos who experience a wide range of human emotions. Its message-"Even in this gigantic ancient forest, it is better not be alone, no matter how big or how small you are" is a satisfying one.
Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
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Book Description Dutton, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110525651276
Book Description Dutton. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0525651276 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1145096