Your Pet Dinosaur: An Owner's Manual

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Dinosaurs can make ideal pets, provided one follows the advice of Dr. Rex on selecting the right one (vegetarian or meat-eater), picking out reptile fashions, and coping on those rare occasions when dinosaurs act like dinosaurs.

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Ostensibly authored by Dr. Rex, the preternaturally brainy, self-absorbed tyrannosaurus of Talbott's Going Hollywood: A Dinosaur's Dream, this handbook is the surreal equivalent to "Know Your Parakeet." Rex, with a cheesy politician's grin, tells prospective dino-buyers how to select their ideal "pup." His sensible advice on young dinos ("A reinforced concrete feeding pen . . . is recommended"), training ("Housebreaking often lives up to its name") and breeds ("bite-sized," "two-seaters and four-seaters") is accompanied by dexterously drawn images of preppie families romping with their pets in immaculate suburban settings. A boy contentedly naps on the back of his Christmas present--a horrific, wild-eyed megalosaurus; a gigantic carnivore ignores its scolding owner as it attacks the neighbors' vegetarian beast. While this mock manual's corniness and deadpan delivery are frequently funny, its occasionally precious humor begins to pale--and often seems overly sophisticated for most youngsters. Also, the less detailed portraits of look-alike pets and owners are conspicuously cute and not nearly as comical as their bizarre counterparts. Not up to Rex's earlier outings. Ages 7-up.
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PreSchool-Grade 3-- Get ready to add "Dinosaurs as Pets" to your Library of Congress Subject Headings. Dr. Rex shows an undeniably intimate knowledge of his subject matter and outlines tips on the care and feeding, training, discipline, and exercise of dinosaurs as well as a section on love and "when good dinos go bad." Several detailed chapters cover choosing and bringing home your mammoth pet. Issues to consider: Do you want a lap dino or one whose lap you can sit on? Or more importantly--carnivore or herbivore? Informative and hilarious "Dear Dr. Rex" columns touch on the personal concerns of owners of such creatures as a megalosaur who jumps on the mailman, a stegosaur who hates his master's trombone, and concern over whether Dr. Rex is really a doctor. This outrageous owner's manual is guaranteed to tickle readers' funny bones. Talbott's signature illustrations carry on the tongue-in-cheek text, and he even surpasses own silliness in chapters entitled "The Well-Dressed Dinosaur" and "Fashion Don'ts for Dinos." A rollicking good time for all. --Jeanne Marie Clancy, Upper Merion Township Library, King of Prussia, PA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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