Laughs, guffaws, yucks and chuckles. That’s what’s waiting for you in Tony Philips’s collection of laugh-out-loud poetry for elementary readers, What’s Wrong with a Pet Dinosaur?
Inside, you’ll discover the secret letter that comes after Z, the bestest animal in the world, what pets do when their owners are away, and how to cope with a monster under your bed.
Fans of Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss will appreciate Tony Philips’s musical poetry and entertaining illustrations, which delight adults and young readers alike.
So if you want to find out how to have the very best birthday party, what to do if a vine grows out of your nose, or why you should never, ever elect McPutty, then get ready to stretch your brain and laugh til your sides hurt.
Praise from advanced readers
"Pure mischief and shenanigans"
"Made me laugh out loud"
"Reminded me of how my brain worked when I was a kid"
"Original, comic, musical"
"An amazing gift of art, life lessons, and humor"
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Average rating from 30 members
A poetry collection for young readers and it's a fun one! With simple black and white illustrations in between, it is such a fun entertaining read. This collection will be fun to read together with kids, or just to read it out loud. Some poems are pretty hilarious, some make you curious about the stories behind and some are just crazy word play! You will enjoy this one. Thank you, author/artist and the publisher for the advance reader copy.
What’s wrong with a pet dinosaur? A cute children’s book with fun poems and pictures to go with them. There are some fun poems that kept me and my 6 year old very entertained. He loved the poem about the pet dinosaur, mostly because it would fart and stink the house up. My favorite poem was the one about the lay piece of cake! I think I’d also try to convince the other person that piece was bad and that’s why I should have it instead!
It is a cute book with fun poems. My 5 year old and I enjoy reading them for bed time story and we both get quite a kick out of them. Definitely, a keeper.
A laugh out loud book of poems! This book of poems reminds me of a mix of Dr. Seuss rhyming and Shel Silverstein poems and illustrations. I read most of the poems with my kids and many made them burst out laughing. Their favorites were: Kissing Frogs, I Have to Toot, and Grown-ups are Crazy People. A few of the longer poems drug on a bit much, but we enjoyed at least 90 percent of the poems. The illustrations are simple sketches, but help add to the humor of the poems. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book reminded me a lot of Shel Silverstein books. They were ridiculous poems with ridiculous images to go with them. What more could you really want in a poetry book like this?
What’s Wrong with a Pet Dinosaur? is a pretty fun book for children and adults alike. I totally get the Shel Silverstein comparison because it does feel similar. The drawings are amusing, and the stories are also entertaining. The absurdity of some of them will make you laugh out loud. Thank you to NetGalley and Idle Brains Publishing for an advance copy!
This is a great Shel Silverstein read-a-like. A set of hilarious children's poetry incorporating animals, life issues, and even some fairy tales. I enjoyed the simple and funny artwork that goes along with each poem. The poetry is funny, poignant, and relatable for kids today.
This proved to be a very commendable compilation of the author's verses for children, together with some simple cartoonish illustrations when needed. An early trend was easily spotted, of a kind of list poem that liked to build and build to a punchline. So a girl itemises every single event she can think of that would suit her dream birthday (and all her three hundred invitees, too), an enterprising yet unfortunate lad lists what he has to build a tree-house with, and we see a gamut of lies a further kid spouts. But there are also verses concerning a particular situation – a girl dissuades her audience from eating the last slice of cake, Santa gets stuck in the chimney, and a bear gets taken to a wedding as a guest. Santa makes more than one appearance, but he doesn't repeat as often as the burp jokes. All told it's pretty enjoyable throughout, well-pitched at a primary school audience, and bar a couple of rare instances of US-only references, virtually universal. There were a few pieces I could have done without (including some of the longer works, oddly), but despite the quality slacking towards the final third the hit rate here is high.
Part Roald Dahl and part Carol Ann Duffy, "What's Wrong With a Pet Dinosaur" is a rib-tickling collection of seemingly mindless poems that will elicit not just laughs but guffaws. Even though the book is meant to be one for kids, it is the adults who would be regaled more by the wicked puns and crazy shenanigans contained within the poems adorning the book. Tony Philips complements the poetry with equally brilliant or crazy or crazily brilliant illustrations! This collection is an absolute delight for the young and the old alike.
I laughed until I cried and re-read just about every poem over and over again. The collection is charming, youthful, and smart. Each poem captures a child’s perspective on reality. Even adults will read this collection without a child. It’s very Shel Silverstein-ish. Children will connect with it well. As an educator, I will be purchasing a hard copy for my classroom! The poems could offer an excellent introduction to a lesson. The rhymes are perfect for all early reading ages. I’m a firm believer having children read poetry will increase their fluency skills especially with children who struggle with reading expression. 4/5 because of how much I can see myself reading it in my classroom. The extra 5th star because of how much I laughed.
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book thinking its a children's fiction, but it turns out to be a hilarious Dr. Seuss- esque children's poem book. It was the perfect book to introduce kids to poetry. My daughter read it like short stories, and she wrote down her favourite poems from the book: - Always Eat the Icing First, she doesn't see anything wrong with icing on toast or rice either. - Sticky Fingers, oh, she could relate to this - Who Are All the Sugar in the Sugar Bowl, it reminded her of 'Who took the cookie from the cookie jar' song - Someone has Taken my Pants, she likes the picture of the boy in his underwear - Who Wants an Ice Cream sandwich, it reminded her of a Ten Pigs book that we have - Grown Ups Are Crazy People - Worst Day, she loves the twist with the April Fools day in the end.
So cute! This felt like a combo between Shel Silverstein and Louis Sachar! I can easily see this as a permanent fixture in elementary schools. The poems varied in length and stanzas and the illustrations were very simple yet adorable.
What’s Wrong with a Pet Dinosaur? is fun collection poetry. It’s perfect for kids and adults. The illustrations are so good. The poetry and drawings reminded me of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. Some of the poems were silly and a few of them actually made me laugh out loud. I definitely recommend this book.
This is a super cute collection of poems with very funny and odd stories! Love the poetry and hilarious situations from questions kids probably ask adults. Illustrations were great and would be enjoyable not only for kids, but also adults!
This children's poetry book was amazing. My 9 year old daughter loved every single poem. she just kept standing up and saying listen to this one, read them out loud and had us all in fits of laughter. It's certainly a book that your child will keep picking up time and time again. We both loved all the pictures in the book one with each brilliant poem. As a mother it made me feel so good seeing my daughter want to read a book over the dreaded tablet and constant YouTube clips. It's great knowing that she will be learning a great skill without her feeling like its a lesson or her even knowing she is learning. She even told me the other day that she wants to write one out to take to school and share it with the rest of the class. I'm so happy I found this book. So much praise to the author and his publishing team for bringing such fun and laughter to my small family. I hope you will all love this book too. Yet again another brilliant author to add to my watch list. I have put in my diary the publication date to add reviews to retailers and social media networks again. Already wrote a review on my blog to stir up interest just before Christmas https://ladyreading365.wixsite.com/website/post/what-s-wrong-with-a-pet-dinosaur-by-tony-phillips-idle-brains-5-stars . I will be linking it to my Facebook reading challenge page https://www.facebook.com/groups/891147431819516/?ref=share
This is brilliant! It's so very reminiscent of Shel Silverstein, in the very best way. The poems are generally short, clever, and some flavor of funny--wry, ironic, absurd, or even a bit cheeky! This would be a great addition to elementary classroom, school. and personal libraries. I usually rely on Silverstein as part of our poetry week, but I'm looking forward to trying this for a modern update that might be a bit more relatable for today's students. This kids are going to love it! Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
I received an electronic ARC from Idle Brains Publishing through NetGalley. Delightful collection of poems that cover a wide variety of topics. This book reminds me of Silverstein and Prelutsky but Philips puts his own spin on this genre. Readers will enjoy the humor and connect with the joy as they meet characters who look at life in absurd ways. A terrific addition to elementary school libraries. Great poems to read aloud to classes.