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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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jul 07, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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
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
Jul 19, 2010 Ronyell rated it really liked it
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
Feb 24, 2009 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
Allison Parker
Jun 15, 2009 Allison Parker rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 10, 2013 L13_Natasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
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
Nov 18, 2009 Janessa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
Macy Capen
Fridays are the worst day of the week. Why? Because Mom chooses to run all of her errands on Friday and she drags me along with her. Just when I thought this Friday was like every other, something incredible happened! And just when I thought it was absolutely ridiculous, it happened again! And again! And again, at every single stop we made! Each time we stopped, whether it was the donut shop, the doctor's office, or the barbershop, we got a DINOSAUR! By the end of the day, we had so many dinosau ...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
Mar 13, 2015 April rated it it was amazing
If you're anything like me, you find few things more frustrating than running errands. You have to get in the car and go and then you spend pretty much the whole day just going from place to place doing things that you really don't want to do. The main character in this book certainly agrees with me. Every Friday, he has to go and run errands with his mom, and he absolutely hates it. That is until one Friday when he notices a sign at the bakery that reads, "Buy a dozen. Get a dinosaur." He and h ...more
Lisa Vegan
Sep 03, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 30, 2010 Kate Hastings rated it it was amazing
Shelves: preschool
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).
Jordyn Agost
Apr 26, 2016 Jordyn Agost rated it liked it
Shelves: family, entertainment
When Dinosaurs Came with Everything, is just as the title says. One day in a town, whenever you bought anything, you would also receive a dinosaur. The dinosaurs were very well behaved though. They would follow the little boy and his mom all over town to each and every store and then finally to his house. The boy taught them how to behave and fed them right. The mom was furious the whole time but didn’t quite understand how to handle to situation.
I thought this story was very cute and creative,
Gwendolyn Herman
Feb 18, 2016 Gwendolyn Herman rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book is about a little boy who is running errands with his mother, on "Get a Dinosaur With Everything Day". Everywhere he and his mother stop on their shopping adventures, they are given a dinosaur with their purchase. The boy, of course is ecstatic, but his mother is less than pleased. Their shopping trip is cut short after they acquire two dinosaurs and mother deems that enough, but that doesn't stop another dinosaur from following them home. The little boy fits the stereotypical dinosaur ...more
Alexandria Hiam
Very cute read aloud picture book. This book won the E.B. White Read Aloud Award. The book is exactly what it's title suggests. One day a boy and his mother go out to run errands and go to appointments. With everything they bought or did, a dinosaur came with it. And these dinosaurs were not just small toys, but reali life-sized living, breathing dinosaurs. As much is mom is daunted by these creatures, the boy can not get enough. Eventually mom succumbs to the situation and makes use of the dino ...more
Mar 14, 2016 A rated it really liked it
Very cute read aloud picture book. This book won the E.B. White Read Aloud Award. The book is exactly what it's title suggests. One day a boy and his mother go out to run errands and go to appointments. With everything they bought or did, a dinosaur came with it. And these dinosaurs were not just small toys, but reali life-sized living, breathing dinosaurs. As much is mom is daunted by these creatures, the boy can not get enough. Eventually mom succumbs to the situation and makes use of the dino ...more
Dec 05, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on my book review blog, The Overstuffed Bookcase. It was reviewed as a part of a feature called Kiddo's Corner Reviews, where my 6-year-old son reviews books.

First Thoughts...

(We read the book together.)

Me: What was the book about?

Kiddo: Dinosaurs? That came with everything? Well, they were in stores and came with everything.

Me: What was the story, though? There was a boy, right?

Kiddo: Yeah, and a mom. And dinosaurs. I guess that's the story.

A Bit More Detail..
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
Jun 24, 2009 Shanna Gonzalez rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-04-08
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
Sep 17, 2012 Candice rated it really liked it
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
Nov 23, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it
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
Jul 14, 2015 Jessi rated it it was amazing
This book is so freaking adorable. My boys love it and I do too! We check it out from the library frequently.
The little boy in the story is delighted to get a dinosaur with every purchase his mother makes during the course of one day. The drawings of him showing his excitement make me laugh out loud. His mother's horror at the situation, initially, is pretty hilarious, too. All around, a fun, imaginative story that also helps kids learn the names of some dinosaurs.
Tyley Hunter
Apr 14, 2013 Tyley Hunter rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 26, 2012 Atziri rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer Heise
Jun 30, 2015 Jennifer Heise rated it really liked it
My first grader (who is not a dinosaur fanatic) had a great time reading this to me. The inherent sillyness of a day of errands with mom disrupted by getting a dinosaur instead of a balloon or lollipop at each stop really appealed to him. And neither of us missed the helpless attempts of the mom to fend off yet more things to take home-- specifically, in this case, large prehistoric reptiles. A fun romp.
Took about 4.5 minutes to read out loud.
Mar 31, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
This book is great for predicting because throughout the whole story, dinosaurs come with everything. After a boy gets finished with his haircut, he gets a pet dinosaur. As the day goes on the boy keeps getting more and more dinosaurs and his mother is overwhelmed. All the children have dinosaurs walking down the street with them. At the end, the dinosaurs and the kids have a party. This would be best used for younger students to predict because the prediction is always another dinosaur.
Lisa Echols
Ahh, if only we could always get a pterodactyl at the barber shop or a stegosaurus at the dentist. Much cooler than a sticker or a lollipop! Such a fun story for elementary or older preschoolers. Kids will love the excitement as the boy gets dinosaurs with everything as he runs errands with his mom. Moms will laugh in sympathy at the exasperated mother in the book!
Jul 13, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
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
Katie Nanney
What if one day, you received a dinosaur with every purchase you made? This book made me laugh at the thought of everyone for one day obtaining random dinosaurs. It introduced a lot of dinosaur names, so the book could be used for a science lesson on dinosaurs. I could see this book being used as a read-aloud or on the book shelves for my students.
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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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