Reviews for Danny and the dinosaur go to camp

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Gr. 1^-3. Danny and his pal the dinosaur have been helping kids learn to read since the first book about them came out in 1958. In the latest series entry, Danny and the dino are off to camp, where the dinosaur fits in, albeit not without problems. He wins races too easily and hogs the ketchup; but when the campers get tired after a hike, it's nice to have a dinosaur's back to climb upon. The vocabulary and concepts as well as the full-color artwork are simple, but child pleasing. Another good start on the road to reading. --Ilene Cooper


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K-Gr 2?Hoff's classic characters are back. This time, Danny and his friend the dinosaur go to summer camp together. They enjoy typical activities such as races, letter writing, water sports, and marshmallow roasting, and then go to sleep. Character development is limited to demonstrating that the dinosaur has a huge appetite. The full-color cartoon illustrations complement the text and show both African American and white children, but lack continuity. On one page, the dino is large enough to carry all the campers on its back; on another, it is small enough to eat at the table and hold a fork. Children may overlook details like this, but they will definitely miss the novelty and charm of the original Danny and the Dinosaur (HarperCollins, 1958). Not a necessary purchase unless you have a large early-reader collection or many fans of Syd Hoff's work.?Sharon R. Pearce, San Antonio Public Library, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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