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Dinosaur Pet

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Performed by: Neil Sedaka / Children’s lyrics by: Marc Sedaka / Illustrated by: Tim Bowers

I love, I love, I love my little dinosaur pet.

Some kids have puppies. Others have cats. But in this entertaining story, a little boy cherishes something bigger and better: his own pet dinosaur! Neil Sedaka joins his son Marc in this fresh, funny, child-friendly take on his hit song “Calendar Girl.”

From a little egg, out comes the most appealing child-size dino with a wonderful friendly smile. But month by month, he gets bigger and wider and longer and taller. Soon, he’s eating the family out of house and home, the bed is sagging under his weight, and the ceiling is too low. But no matter how giant the dinosaur grows, nothing gets between a boy and his pet.

With its witty rhyming lyrics, amusing and gloriously colorful illustrations, and a catchy, irresistible tune on the included CD, kids will be reading, singing, and dancing—and wishing for their own dinosaur pet.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Neil Sedaka, performer

Grammy Award–winning singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka has written more than a thousand songs and has been inducted into the Song-writers Hall of Fame, and has a star on Hollywood Boulevard. In his fifty-plus-year career, Sedaka has sold over sixty million records, but he does not rest on these laurels. He continues to write, record, and perform worldwide. His first book for children was the popular Waking Up Is Hard To Do.

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Children's lyrics by Marc Sedaka

Marc Sedaka is a successful comedy writer for both film and TV. The proud father of three young children, Marc spends most of his time playing with dolls, building puzzles, and, of course, introducing a whole new generation of music lovers to his father’s wonderful songs.

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Tim Bowers, illustrator

Tim Bowers has illustrated over thirty books, including the New York Times bestseller Dream Big, Little Pig! by Kristi Yamaguchi. Although Tim grew up around unusual pets, including his grandparents’ squirrel monkey and a singing African Grey Parrot, he never had a pet dinosaur, but he definitely wanted one.

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Awards & Honors:

  • New York Times Bestseller List
  • Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year, 2013

Editorial Reviews:

Children’s Literature

What happens to a dinosaur pet when it hatches from its egg and grows? Set to the tune of Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield's "Calendar Girls," Neil's son Marc Sedaka has written a witty and entertaining song following the growth of a boy's dinosaur pet. Each month of the year, the boy notes something new that is changing as his dinosaur grows. Just like its inspirational song, the book continues to remind readers that the boy loves, loves, loves his dinosaur pet. Readers and listeners of all ages will love listening to the accompanying CD while turning the pages, and even singing and dancing along! The witty rhymes and brightly colored illustrations are sure to entertain, as well as reinforce the names and order of the months of the year. The CD on the inside of the back cover includes three original songs performed by Neil Sedaka— "Dinosaur Pet," "The Tooth Fairy," and "She Moved Away." –Anne Pechnyo

Kirkus Reviews

Sedaka rewrites "Calendar Girl" for the Stone Age set.

Neil's son, Marc, reworks the lyrics of his father’s famous song. Endpapers show a happy little boy sliding down a dinosaur's tail, and the title page depicts him lugging a big purple egg down the street as a puzzled pooch looks on. "I love, I love, I love / my dinosaur pet," the text begins, offering 13 additional bright two-page pictures (one for each month and a bonus). In January, the egg hatches: "[H]e's breaking out of his shell." Then February: "His body's starting to swell." (He's bright green with purple stripes.) And so it goes through the year, with the dinosaur growing bigger and bigger. In April, "when he sleeps with me / he crushes the bed." In July, "like the fireworks, / he touches the sky." September, "just the tail alone is / thirty feet long." And December, "come the new year, things are / gonna get rough." The final picture has the little boy seated at a piano, which the dinosaur is large enough to wrap all the way around, head and tail crossing. The dinosaur, the illustrations and the book itself are all appropriately big, and it's hard to beat the catchiness of the tune. The accompanying CD features this track for children and two more, all performed by Neil Sedaka.

Sure to get toddlers and early readers dancing.

Publishers Weekly

In this follow-up to Neil Sedaka's Waking Up Is Hard to Do, Sedaka fils reimagines his father's 1961 hit "Calendar Girl" as the story of a boy who hatches a dinosaur egg in his bedroom in January and revels in the ups and downs of the creature's companionship for the rest of the year: "March, at least eight times a day he's got to be fed./ April, when he sleeps with me he crushes the bed." There are rumblings that this relationship can't go on forever ("August, the cost of groceries is bleeding us dry") but the duo shows no signs of breaking up (á la Danny and the Dinosaur). Bowers (Dream Big, Little Pig!) works in lusciously hued, brushstroke-textured spreads, and his comedy is nicely underplayed—Dinosaur Pet is a well-meaning, eager-eyed behemoth who's game for vigorous tooth brushing and wearing a King Kong mask at Halloween, and who tries his best not to smash up the house with his enormous tail. The text isn't much without the accompanying music CD, which has an infectious piano shuffle and Neil Sedaka sounding as boyish as ever.

School Library Journal

Neil Sedaka's son has given the song "Calendar Girl" (Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield) humorous new lyrics. Casey expresses his feelings for his newly hatched dinosaur: "I love, I love, I love/my dinosaur pet./Yeah, sweet dinosaur pet./I love, I love, I love/my dinosaur pet./Each and every day of the year." As the months go by, he describes the dinosaur's growth spurts and huge appetite. "February, his body's starting to swell. March, at least eight times a day he's got to be fed. April, when he sleeps with me he crushes the bed." By the end of the year, the boy comes to a rather troubling realization about his dinosaur's massive size, but the love he feels for his new pet inspires him to celebrate and perform a song on his piano. Bowers's cheerful illustrations show a child enjoying everything about having a pet, including the increased responsibilities. —Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada

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Details:

Hardcover with CD
ISBN: 978-1-936140-36-7

E-book PDF
ISBN: 978-1-60734-422-3
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Ages: 4 and up
Page count: 28
11 3/8 x 10 1/2

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