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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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Jun 01, 2009 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
Kristen Dutkiewicz
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Super fun premise for children to imagine a dinosaur coming free with all purchases for the day! Great book for dinosaur-lovers.
Jul 19, 2010 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 17, 2009 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 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 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 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
Kate Hastings
Nov 30, 2010 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).
Lisa Vegan
Dec 17, 2007 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.
It makes me feel that I want a Dinosaur!
Mariela Alfaro
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a little boy who thinks he is going to the usual Friday errands which are extremely boring. However, as they start errand day and go to the super market he sees a poster "Buy a dozen and get a dinosaur" so they go ahead and order the dozen doughnuts to get what they supposed was a toy dinosaur. After ordering and receiving the order a real dinosaur comes out the door and the vendor tells the little boy that is his dinosaur. Everyplace they went they received a new dino
When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach and illustrated by David Small is a wonderful picture book about receiving a dinosaur with any purchase! The cover is double sided with a young boy swinging from a dinosaur’s tail. If the illustration on the cover does not give a hint to what the story will be about the title design and typeface gives it away with “DINOSAURS” in bold and in all caps. Although this story does not have an illustrated end paper it does have a blue end paper which ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What if, instead of getting a balloon as a treat after sitting nicely for a haircut, you got a dinosaur? Not a toy, not a stuffed animal, not a sticker, but a real live dinosaur. As the young main character (a boy who's name we never find out) goes about the boring Friday morning errands with his mother, he is delighted to find out that it is a special day...dinosaurs come with everything! A triceratops at the bakery when purchasing a dozen donuts, a stegosaurus after a check up at the doctor an ...more
Kimberley Fisher
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: exam-2
When Dinosaurs came with everything is a hilarious cartoon style book that allows children to play in the surreal idea of having dinosaurs as pets. This book is intended for grades pre-k to first grade and I think that is a great target age for this story. The illustrator uses what seems to be marker and watercolor to create dreamlike illustrations that pull the reader into this out of this world idea of getting a dinosaur with everything. What is fairly interesting about the illustrations in th ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fun one. I think it would have been a favorite for my two oldest boys because when they were little they were obsessed with dinosaurs. The idea of getting one as a pet as we ran errands all around town would have thrilled them. My youngest kids are not really into dinosaurs at this point, but they still really enjoyed the silly premise of this book. The are-you-kidding-me facial expressions are priceless. The illustrator captured the reactions of both kids and adults perfectly. I love ...more
Diana Thomsen
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had a blast reading this one! I loved doing the "mom voice." She says exactly what an exasperated mom really would. Love it! The kid reacted just as a dino-crazy boy of my acquaintance probably would, and the plot, while completely impossible, was presented so logically that you can't help but go along with it. It was a perfect addition to our unit on dinosaurs.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, juv, lib-dinosaurs
This story is hilarious! You know how kids will get suckers, balloons, or stickers at different places? Well, this story is about a day when they get dinosaurs instead. Hilarious illustrations with so much attitude and emotion and I like how it pits the kid against his mom in a fun loving way at times.
What would happen if they gave away a free dinosaur instead of stickers at the doctor's office? Or dinosaurs instead of a lollipop at the barbershop? Find out in this hilarious story of a boy and his mom running errands on a Friday. Hilarious! My preschoolers loved it.
Ashley Salisbury
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ever think what is like to have whatever you wanted? Follow one boy's dream come true when he gets free dinosaurs with everything...from the trip to the dentist to the grocery store. Watch as the scenes become funnier and funnier and see mom's frustration of all the extra mouths to feed!
Alexis Henson
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-books
I used this book during my EDEL 200 course to teach students about apostrophes. We read the book and they called out when they heard a possessive or contraction. This is a fun story that kids find entertaining.
Lynn  Davidson
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
One day a little boy and his mother discover that everywhere they go - such as to the doctor, to the shoe store, to the diner - there's a free dinosaur with their purchase. It was chaotic! Funny story.
Stefany Boleyn
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE this book. It's funny and adorable.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every dinosaur lovers dream!
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book because this boy get a lot of dinosaurs when he goes on some errands and dinosaurs came with everything.
Chris Schaben
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dinosaurs
Such an interesting concept that is goofy and lots of fun!
Oliver Kuan
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
it has a lot of dinosaurs and I love dinosaurs
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3-4-year-old
This book makes me laugh out-loud. I love the mom's reactions to the dinosaurs.
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Me: but we've read the dinosaur book 60 times already!
4 yr-old: i don't care, let's read it again AND i want you to make the dino sounds again.
Me: ok, get the book
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who wouldn't want a free stegosaurus with a dozen donuts? Or a pterosaur with a haircut? On this very special day, dinosaurs come with everything!
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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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