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When Dinosaurs Came with Everything

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Just when a little boy thinks he's going to die of boredom from running errands with his mom, the most remarkable, the most stupendous thing happens. He discovers that on this day, and this day only, stores everywhere are giving away a very special treat with any purchase. No, not the usual lollipop or sticker. Something bigger. Much, MUC...more
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Published November 16th 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jul 07, 2010 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wishes they could get a dinosaur with their next donut!
This is such a cute premise, and one that I would have been ga-ga over as a dino-loving kid. At first, it's just another boring day of having to go run errands with Mom—and our young narrator is not pleased. Then, at the bakery, they see a sign that says "Buy a Dozen Donuts, Get a Dinosaur." "Must be a toy," Mom thinks, ordering the donuts. But when the bakery lady brings out a real triceratops, the fun begins!!! Indeed, on this special day, dinosaurs come with EVERYTHING including haircuts, mov...more
Jul 19, 2010 Ronyell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ronyell by: The Picture-Book Club
“When Dinosaurs Came with Everything” is a creative and hilarious book from the mind of Elise Broach along with illustrations by David Small and it is about how a boy and his mother go on errands on Friday and everywhere they went, every time they bought something, they have to buy a dinosaur. “When Dinosaurs Came with Everything” is a cute book for children who love dinosaurs.

Elise Broach has done an excellent job at writing this book as she describes a situation that would actually never happe...more
We found this randomly at the library, and I am in love with it.

First, it's clever. A boy sets on a boring day of errands with his mother, only to find that at each stop, he gets a dinosaur. The bakery gives him one when they purchase a dozen donuts, the doctor's office is giving them instead of stickers, and the barber gives one in place of a balloon. Needless to say, the boy is ecstatic, his mother is not.

Which brings me to the second reason I loved this book. In the end, the mom comes around...more
Allison Parker
Son (age 6) says...
"I liked the dinosaur book because the boy in the story got so many dinosaurs: one from the bakery, one from the nurse at the doctor's office, one from the barber, one from the sidewalk, and then his mom asked for more donuts and he got a lot more dinosaurs. The mom's feelings about the dinosaurs changed."

Mom says...
The story is humorous, and both kids and moms can relate. What parent hasn't at some point been frustrated by junky giveaways that aren't needed and clutter the ho...more
Dinosaurs are intriguing for all youngsters, especially boys. When this young boy has to run errands with his mom, his ultimate fantasy begins. Everywhere he goes, he gets a free dinosaur! Free cookies, lollipops, and balloons have been replaced. Buy a dozen donuts at the bakery- get a free dinosaur. See the doctor- get a dinosaur. Get your haircut- get a free dinosaur. Getting a shot is even worth it to get another dinosaur today. Moms all over town seem distraught. Once at home, Mom sees the p...more
I am on dino fanatic number three at my house, and honestly, I can't take much more of the dinosaur books that line my bookshelves. EXCEPT THIS ONE. When one of my boys wants to read about dinosaurs, if he doesn't include this book in the stack, I do. I laugh everytime I read it. Small's illustrations perfectly capture the characters emotions -- from the boy's elation when he discovers he can get a free dinosaur instead of a sticker at the doctor's office, to his mother's panic when the barber o...more
Now, why aren't all picture books written like this? The mom is very mom-like, and the kid sounds just like my 6-year-old, who, when asked the other day if he bugs the kid who sits next to him with too much talking, said, "No. Sometimes I ask him, 'Dude, how's it going?' but that's all."

The kid in this book, upon learning that he gets a dinosaur instead of a sticker after his checkup, crumples slightly, knees together, throws back his head with his arms up, and cries, "YESSS!" And I LOVE the scr...more
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
When Dinosaurs Came with Everything is such an adorable book! As soon as I was done reading to Tyler, he asked me if I could read it again. That's always a good sign, right? The story is about a young boy who is just going around town with his mother, minding his own business, when at the doughnut shop there's a sign on the wall. The sign goes on to explain that if you buy a dozen doughnuts, you'll get a dinosaur.

Naturally, you'd assume it was a toy, yes? Well you are wrong, as I was. The little...more
Lisa Vegan
Sep 03, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all young children, especially boys
This is a funny and fun book. It’s silly and sweet. I think it will be a special hit with little boys but all children should appreciate it. It’s a fun book for adults to read and great for read alouds. The pictures are wonderful too and contain wonderful little touches, such as the fearful look in the big bad dog’s eyes when he sees the dinosaurs next door.
Kate Hastings
Preschool to Grade 2. Every kid knows you get a lolly when you visit the bank, a sticker at the doctor's, and mints at a restaurant-- but what if you could get something more AWESOME? What if they gave away dinosaurs?? That's what happens in this book! (I give away dinosaurs-as-stick puppets at the end of class so that everyone gets a dinosaur to take home).
This book fast became on of my favorite books ever. There is so much in it that is enjoyable and even with a somewhat outrageous premise (You buy donuts and guess what? A dinosaur comes with it! You get a haircut and instead of getting a balloon, you get a dinosaur!)it is believable. I found this book because it was recommended in The Horn Book Magazine and I noticed it because of the cover. The dinosaur looks like what I have come to think dinosaurs to look like, though it is a little cartoonis...more
Shanna Gonzalez
A very funny fantasy in which a boy, bored with going on errands with his mother, is surprised to discover that rather than the lollipops and balloons he is used to receiving, all the businesses they visit are giving out free living dinosaurs with all purchases. On receiving these high-maintenance pets, his mother is initially horrified, but allows the animals to follow them home (although she does curtail the errrands). The boy makes them at home in his backyard, and when his mother discovers t...more
That was great. A fun story with pictures that went along perfectly. The expressions on all of the characters (including the dinosaurs) were wonderful. An ending any child could love--especially a dino-loving one. This would be en excellent school-age storytime. Possibly with a preschool storytime. A good lap-read, too. Perhaps a little long for the toddler age, but I think the preschoolers would be great with length and content (no doubts on the subject).

1/18/12 Both groups enjoyed this. It he...more
Genre: Fantasy

Summary: A little boy becomes quite bored while running errands with his mother until they make a purchase and realize they get something free with it...a dinosaur!

A: This title won the E.B. White Read Aloud Award and rightfully so. The style and word choice of this book make it an enjoyable read that the reader can dive into.

B: The book was obviously designed for the younger audiences. When read aloud to students they will be in awe of the story that unfolds. They are able to tran...more
Nov 23, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a bizarre, but entertaining story about a crazy day when dinosaurs were given away as freebies as easily as a toy or piece of candy. The narrative is fun to read aloud, and we discussed that the author, Elise Broach, also wrote Masterpiece, which was a recent read for us. But the watercolor and ink illustrations really are the highlight of this story. They are silly, but find a way to incorporate dinosaurs into daily life that (almost) seems normal. We really enjoyed reading this book to...more
Tyley Hunter
This is an adorable book about a day when dinosaurs literally came with everything. When you buy a dozen doughnuts, you get a free dinosaur, when you get a haircut, you get a free dinosaur, if you get your teeth check or go to the doctor’s office, you get a dinosaur. It was the best day in the world for the little boy, but completely opposite for the mother. The illustrations by David Small were absolutely amazing, as the captured every detail that the text was describing. The lightly water colo...more
This book was lots of fun to read. Just imagine you are a little kid, you go shopping with your mom and you buy some doughnuts. As you are leaving the store, the lady over the counter tells you that you have missed something, your dinosaur! Isn't that a fun idea! That is exactly what happens in this story. For every little thing they purchase or pay for (a haircut), little kids get a dinosaur, a real dinosaur!

I like the idea of a book showing us a world that could be totally different, if we al...more
My 5 year-old daughter adores this book. Unfortunately, I'm not as big of a fan as she is. The book has a good premise that ignites the reader's imagination: what if everywhere you went was giving out free dinosaurs? The main characters in "When Dinosaurs..." are a boy and his mother out running errands. At each stop, they receive another free dinosaur until the frazzled parent gives up and they go home, dinosaurs in tow. The situations the boy and his mother find themselves in are comical, as i...more
The Possum and I both liked Shakespeare's Secret, so I'm hoping this picture book will be a hit with the PandaBat. So far, so good: she approved the cover.


Very funny. A child and a mother out doing errands, and instead of lollipops or stickers for the child, everyone is giving away dinos. Buy a dozen donuts, gets yourself a triceratops.

Yes, please.
Elaine Shipley-pope
Read this book to my two small children. It was a quick read. When Dinosaurs Came With Everything was actually pretty good. It had a great original concept. When you buy a dozen donuts you get a free dinosaur. When you buy two pairs of shoes you get a free dinosaur. It was a very cute book that the kids enjoyed.
Younger grades love this silly story of a boy who, expecting to be bored when he goes on errands with his mom, is delighted to discover that this is the day that dinosaurs are free with EVERYTHING. Want a dozen donuts? Sure, but you'll need to take a dinosaur with that. Instead of a sticker from the doctor, pick a dinosaur (two if you get a shot). David Small's illustrations are hilarious, perfectly capturing the boy's glee and Mom's horrified disbelief. But Mom comes through in the end, and tur...more
Jessica Jones
Word Count: 1,025
Reading Level: 2.5
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 117758 (10/16/07) / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.2 / points:2.0
Lexile: 380L

As he goes through his day he finds that magically everything comes with a dinosaur as he goes through his day doing ordinary tasks and running errands with his mom he and his mother soon find that today dinosaurs are coming with everything. Soon into the story he racks up a lot of new...more
Mar 13, 2008 Aimee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all kids, esp dino fans
Recommended to Aimee by: gift to Aiden from Auntie Ella
Shelves: picture-books
It's a bit long yet for Aiden, so I condense the text when we read it, but I think it'll become a favorite of his. It's a fun, silly book. I think the writing is well done and funny in it's matter-of-factness, and the illustrator is David Small. While I am in love with David's older titles, I haven't been as crazy about some of his recent. I'm not in love with the artwork here, either--i think it's a bit too washy and loose for the subject, and the lack of palette contrast, too, makes the illust...more
My four-year-old son picked this book out from the library this week.

I almost really liked this book, but not quite. I loved the premise of this book. I loved the beginning of this book. I loved the boy's reaction to the dinosaurs. I loved the mom's reaction to the dinosaurs. But the more I read it, the less I liked it.

For one thing, this is a very long book for a picture book. After the haircut, my son lost interest. And the illustrations, while good, could have been better. Except for a few...more
This is pretty cute:) A boy dreads running errands with his mom, but on this day out and about you get a dinosaur with everything. "Buy a dozen doughnuts, get a free dinosaur."
when unexpectedly a family is given a dinosaur where ever the bought something... a mother turns frustration into fortune by understanding how to use what she is given...
Melanie, Aaron, Annie, and Mary Project
Read by: Annie
Author: Elise Broach Illustrator: David Small
Genre: Science Fiction
Interest Level: PreK-2
Grade Level Equivalent: 2.2

One day, a boy reluctantly went with his mother to run some errands. This was a strange day, though, because everywhere they went, everything they bought came with a dinosaur! Their doughnuts came with a Triceratops; he got a stegosaurus with his doctor checkup; he got a pterosaur with his haircut. He was thrilled, but his mother was worried and annoyed - until she sa...more
Ms Threlkeld
A fun premise that had me giggling repeatedly. I even learned the names of some dinosaurs I hadn't heard of! Great read aloud for primary grades.
Just imagaine what would happen if you got a dinosaur everytime you got a shot at the doctor, or bought a dozen doughnuts at the bakery, or got your haircut really short at the barber. Your mom would go NUTS! But, that's what happened one especially unusual day spent running very boring errands. The boy was thrilled...the mom not-so-much.

But, when the dinosaurs came in handy for some even tougher chores at home, the mom had second thoughts about letting the dinosaurs stay in the backyard. When...more
A funny look at what happens when one day dinosaurs are given away with everything in shops. The illustrations are great, showing all sorts of different dinosaurs, and the book is a little longer, so for preschoolers and above.
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Elise Broach is the New York Times bestselling author of children's books including Masterpiece, Shakespeare's Secret, Desert Crossing, Missing on Superstition Mountain (the first book in the Superstition Mountain Trilogy) as well as several picture books. Her books have been selected as ALA notable books, Junior Library Guild selections, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book, a New York Public...more
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