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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

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Monday, July 15, 2013

"You Can’t Take the Dinosaur Home" by Mary Esparza-Vela with Art by Mike Motz



In You Can’t Take the Dinosaur Home, by Mary Esparza-Vela, with art by Mike Motz, we have the classic childhood conflict – “Mommy, can I bring him home? Can I keep him?” But in this case, it’s a little more complicated. Three space tots are going on a day trip to a nearby planet, which just happens to be our own ancient Earth during the time of the dinosaurs. The littlest tot, Hunee, wants to come along.
 
Reluctantly, his older sister, Kyzzie, and brother, Sweetz allow him to tag along, knowing that they’ll be responsible for him and what a bother that will be. Naturally, Hunee gets lost and Kyzzie and Sweetz search all over for him. Finally, they give up and wait for him to come back to them. Hunee does return, but not alone – he’s riding a young, playful dinosaur. And he wants to bring his “treasure” dinosaur home with them!

Of course, we all know that would be totally unacceptable. Little Hunee, argues with Kyzzie and Sweetz, and like many little brothers (and sisters), he throws a tantrum when he doesn’t get his way. The older tots placate Hunee by trying to get the dinosaur, part by part, into their tiny flying saucer, but he’s way too big. So they have a sulky, pouty little brother all the way home. The ending is priceless!
 
The art by Mike Motz, is perfect for the story. It’s simple, expressive, and upbeat – appealing and appropriate to the story. Kids will surely enjoy this colorful book. Too bad we don’t get to see the expression on the mother’s face in the end. But parents and teachers can discuss what the mother might think when asked, “Can I bring him home with me?” What would you do?




You Cant's Take the Dinosaur Home has also received a Reader's Favorite 5-Star Review.  


Some of Ms. Esparza-Vela’s books are also available in Spanish, as is this one.  Also available are huggable plush stuffed dolls of the three space tots. 
  














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10 comments:

  1. Well, this sounds like a very cute story. Thanks for the review Penny and Mary I wish you much success.

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    1. Hi Sue, thanks for stopping by and commenting. This cute story is every little kids' dream come true!

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  2. Nice review Penny! Love it! Mary, your books are always a delight to read, wishing you great success with it.

    Nicole Weaver
    Award-winning Author
    http://nicole-weaver.com

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    1. Hi Nicole, Thanks much for commenting. Appreciate your support and wishing success to Mary!

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  3. Such an adorable book! And your review is great as well. We need more of this type book. Kids devour them (pun intended.)

    Thanks to you both!

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    1. Hi Nancy, thanks for your supportive comments! Yes, I'm glad this book is also in Spanish, so it can reach more kids! Wishing Mary much success.

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  4. What an imaginative storyline! Kids will love it. Thanks for the review.

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    1. Hi Donna, Thanks for your supportive comments! Blessings for success to you and Mary with your new books!

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  5. Thanks to everyone for your wonderful and supporting comments. I also developed the book characters into plush dolls.

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    1. Thanks, Mary, wishing you much success with the book and the dolls!

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