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Liz gets to keep her pet dinosaur Albert when she finds him a job in the movies.
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Like the Biggest Bear, the friendly blue dinosaur that Liz brought home to L.A. from Baja California (How I Captured a Dinosaur, 1989) is growing so huge that he's becoming a problem: The PTA can no longer foot his food bill in exchange for educational services, and his job as a lifeguard ends with the summer. Hoping to avoid the zoo, Liz takes him to Hollywood, where he is promptly drafted for a screen test. Success comes on the second try, after Albert's initial shyness is overcome, and it's back to Baja for a film with Albert and Liz playing themselves and famous stars as Mom and Dad. In Henry Schwartz's disarmingly straightforward narration, the outsize events seem as delightfully ordinary as one of his daughter Amy's realistic picture books (Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner, 1988). Albert continues to be a charmer, especially as depicted in amusing pictures of the fantastic creature in everyday settings, helping out or being taken for granted by various blas‚ observers. One of the better dinosaur fantasies. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 2-- Albert the dinosaur ( How I Captured a Dinosaur , Orchard, 1989) is adjusting well to life in Los Angeles. He's helpful around Liz's house, makes a perfect soccer goalie, and goes on frequent school visits financed by the PTA. Unfortunately that organization's plan to feed Albert has become financially unfeasible, and Liz's parents can't afford to keep him. To avoid being sent to a zoo, Albert tries to earn his keep, and is discovered by a movie director. His audition is a disaster until Liz slips him a skateboard and he shows off his skills. Stardom follows. Amy Schwartz's fresh and funny illustrations are a perfect complement for her father's wry and understated text. Albert is a charmer whether he's wearing a sandwich board or decked out in a miniscule top hat. Read this along with the first book for a winning story hour, or team it with Steven Kellogg's Mysterious Tadpole (Dial, 1977) for a creative unit on problem pets. --Lori A. Janick, Parkwood Elementary School, Pasadena, TX
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Book Description Condition: New. Schwartz, Amy (illustrator). New. Seller Inventory # Q-0531059804