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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,207 ratings  ·  191 reviews
From the sure-footed duo of James Howe and Randy Cecil comes a hugely endearing new character in a humorous, heart-warming tale about holding on to your dreams.
Brontorina has a dream. She wants to dance. But Brontorina is rather large too large to fit in Madame Lucille s dance studio. Brontorina does not have the right shoes, and everyone knows you can t dance without the
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published July 1st 2010)
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May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
What's more inclusive than being prehistoric inclusive. As a student, I think I would be scared to dance next to a Dinosaur and these kids weren't. Brontorina wants to be a ballerina and she finds a dancing teacher and school to learn in. Never let size keep you from doing something.

Nice art, cute story. Both kids loved this one. Read it twice they said. So we did.
A fun, sweet and humorous tale of Brontorina, the dinosaur who loves to dance ballet. Trouble is, she doesn't exactly have the, um, classic ballerina body. She proves the dance teacher and students wrong when she actually CAN dance ballet, but the trouble is, she is just so big, too big for the studio, and too big for a male dancer to lift for a pas de deux. But, Brontorina's heart is the heart of a ballerina and inspires her dance teacher to figure out a solution.

This is a great story not only
L.P. Logan
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Such a cute, cute book. I read this with my daughter and was grinning the whole time. I can't help it. I love dinosaurs -- especially the notion of a ballerina brontosaurus. It makes me happy.

Recommended to beginning readers or parents of girls who are looking for a graceful dinosaur to read to their kids about.
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading time to Young 5s — they were so excited about Brontorina becoming a dancer and that other Dinos can now be dancers with her! The story is heartwarming, funny, and inclusive; illustrations are beautiful and playful. Boys and girls alike will enjoy!
I love this book! Brontorina is the most adorable drawn dinosaur ever. And her personality (as well as the other characters') is so well portrayed. I'm a little thrown by some of the sideways eyeballs for turned heads, but my attention was usually taken by Brontorina. I love her attempts at dancing. And I adore the end. A fabulous book. Could be very fun in a preschool storytime, and definitely as a lap-read.

P.S. Perhaps I love this even more because of my own childhood ballerina dreams.

5/5/11 I
Gail Cooke
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing

James Howe, the popular children's book author of some 80 books for young readers, has crafted a captivating tale that reminds us of what may happen when we hold fast to our dream.

Brontorina wants to dance, she wants to become a ballerina. Well, she has all the enthusiasm and determination in the world but not much else. She's way too tall, too big, and too heavy – she's a dinosaur. Where in the world could a dinosaur even find toe shoes?

Nonetheless, Madame Lucille, proprietor of Madame Lucil
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Brontorina had a dream... and her dream was to dance. Despite not having the right shoes and being... well, a dinosaur, in her heart, Brontorina Apatosaurus ("I even sound like a dancer, don't you agree?" She asks Madame Lucille) was a ballerina.

This is a wonderful story that lovingly illustrates both unconditional acceptance and the importance of holding on to one's dreams, making things possible by looking, not at what might seem like obstacles, but at those things that we can turn into possi
JUST when I was feeling cranky about a big pile of mediocre picture books, Brontorina jeted enthusiastically onto my desk. ("On the outside, I am a dinosaur. But in my heart, I am a ballerina!") Love Madame Lucille's matter-of-fact acceptance of a dinosaur in her studio. ("Please try not to squash the other dancers.") Love that boys and girls are in the multicultural class. Love the two girls who remain unimpressed the entire book ("She still doesn't have the right shoes."). Love the just-right- ...more
Joleene Libby
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dinosaurs, ballet, edu-511
Brontorina is an apatosaurus who more than anything wants to be a ballerina. Madame Lucille agrees to teach her at her dance academy but Brontorina runs into some problems in the dance studio.

Best Line- Brontorina blushed. "On the outside, I am a dinosaur. But in my heart-" "You are a ballerina!" cried Clara and Jack.

Lesson Ideas- Persevering, Problem solving
Nancy Jo Lambert
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Love this book about a dinosaur with ballerina dreams!
My kids would rate this one a 4-5 star book. They loved the theme of ballet and finding a way to help someone live their dreams and size isn’t a limitation unless we see it as one. Perception is everything. I would rate it a 3-star as it was too simplistic for me to enjoy as much as my kinder.
Richie Partington
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
29 May 2010 BRONTORINA by James Howe and Randy Cecil, ill., Candlewick, August 2010, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-4437-6

"There will come a time when everybody who is lonely will be free to sing and dance and love.
There will come a time when every evil that we know will be an evil that we can rise above."
-- Frank Zappa

“It is just a fact. The men go off and fight the wars and fly the airplanes and come back and help design and build and test them. The fact that women are not in this field is a fact of o
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Summer Reading Day 51: Today's book/hat is Brontorina by James Howe. This was a book that came up on a lot of bloggers' lists when I was looking for book recommendations for my Body Positivity display, and I can totally see why. It's a great story about Brontorina, an apatosaurus who just knows that she was meant to be a dancer, even if she's not shaped like the other ballerinas.

The underlying
Jane G Meyer
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I loved this book. We've read it again and again and the story is goofy and fun and full of good thoughts. Despite the focus on dancing, it's a great read for boys and girls.

Brontorina is a dinosaur who wants to dance. The teacher, a wise and wiry old ballerina, invites her into the studio, seeing how her desire matches her size. Unfortunately, the dinosaur really doesn't fit, and instead of the story ending with the dinosaur having to find another studio, or not dance, or..., the teacher goes o
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
In the last several years, author James Howe has become mostly a picture-book writer, teaming up with a varied assortment of illustrators to forge creative ideas and memorable characters for the pleasure of the youngest of emerging readers. Brontorina is a pretty good continuation of that new career emphasis.

Being much, much larger than any of her human peers, Brontorina finds it hard to gain acceptance into a ballet class. She has the heart of a dancer and wishes to learn to be as daintily sk
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: text-set
Brontorina is about a dinosaur named Brontorina who wants to be a ballerina. Although the dance teacher Madame Lucille wants Brontorina to succeed as a ballerina and accepts her into her studio, there is no denying that she is too big and eventually Madame Lucille is forced to tell her dancing will not work out. However, the other dance students do not give up on Brontorina. The dance students make Madame Lucille realize that it is not Brontorina that is too big, but that it is the studio that i ...more
Green Bean
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
There was Margot Fonteyne. There was Martha Graham. There was Baryshnikov. And now, there is Brontorina! Madame Lucille is skeptical when Brontorina shows up at the door of her dance academy with a big heart and even bigger feet! Egged on by Jack and Clara, Madame begrudgingly concedes saying, "Please try not to squash the other dancers." Plie goes ok, but Brontorina's jetes and releves are through the roof! And not in a good way. Brontorina's especially high hopes are nearly dashed, but the tro ...more
Amy Forrester
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brontorina Apatosaurus is a dinosaur who dreams of becoming a ballerina. She goes to Madame Lucille’s Dance Academy. At first Madame Lucille and her students resist the idea of a dancing dinosaur; She doesn’t even have the right shoes! But Brontorina is so determined that Madame Lucille cannot refuse. Brontorina gracefully executes her arabesques and jetés, but the simple fact is that she’s too big for the dance studio.Madame Lucille decides the problem is not that the dinosaur is too big for th ...more
Hannah Givens
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Super cute story about a dinosaur who knows she's meant to be a ballerina. As other reviewers have pointed out, the ballet class is very well integrated (there's a little boy in the class and everything!) and even though some of the students make snarky little comments about her shoes, it's a welcoming class and some of them make a special effort to help her, like getting enormous ballet shoes for her. I loved the lesson, that she wasn't too big for the studio, the studio was too small for her! ...more
Brontorina dreams of being a ballerina. But she is a dinosaur, even though in her heart she is a ballerina. Madame Lucille invited her in to her studio, even though she didn't have the proper shoes. Brontorina was a natural! But daily damage was being done to the studio and her dancing often effected those around her. And she still didn't have the right shoes. Madame Lucille was on the verge of, regretfully, having to excuse Brontorina from dance school, when Clara's mother brought in a huge sur ...more
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brontorina by James Howe is a story about a dinosaur named Brontorina who's only wish is to become a ballerina. Brontorina goes to a dance studio and begs the teacher to let her join the studio and practice ballet. The ballerinas helped Bronterina practice but she was just too big for ballet. But the kids worked together to find a place to have all the boys, girls, and dinosaurs are able to practice their dance moves.
Broctorina has fun illustrations that help to add to the story. The bright colo
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A "follow your dreams" story with a twist! All Brontorina Apatosaurus wants in life is to become a ballerina, but it's tricky when you're a giant dinosaur! After introducing herself to Madame Lucille at her Dance Academy, Brotorina tries repeatedly to follow along with dance classes despite the giggles and naysayers in her class. Eventually, Madame Lucille realizes that with enough determination, and a little creativity, there are ways her class can help Brontorina become a wonderful dancer. Thr ...more
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brontorina is about a dinosaur that dreams of becoming a ballerina, when she begins taking ballet at Madame Lucille’s Dance Academy she unfortunately finds that her size is getting in her way, and everyone else’s as well. The characters are drawn amusingly with various shaped faces and cockeyed eyes, and the illustrations done in oil are intricate and unique with the fine brush strokes made visible. Brontorina is depicted as a sweet-natured, oversized dinosaur that readers cannot help but love, ...more
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brontorina Apatosaurus wants to be a ballerina but she does not have the right shoes and she is too big! Despite Madame Lucilles best efforts Brontorina just does not fit into the studio. Just as it is decided that all is lost Clara's mother presents Brontorina with the 'right' shoes in just her size! The 'can-do' attitude is contagious and soon Brontorina's other problems are solved too.

This is a great story which encourages the reader to think with an open mind. I love the illustrations especi
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
A Beehive Book Award nominee. Darling story of Brontorina, who is a dinosaur who loves to dance. But she has some problems... she doesn't have the right shoes and she is too big to dance in the dance studio, and none of the male dancers can pick her up. Will Brontorina's determination to dance, and help from her friends, allow her to reach her dream? As we were reading, my 6 yo stopped me to point out the similarities between Brontorina and Martin Luther King Jr. And my 3 yo LOVES dinosaurs, so ...more
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-reads
Read 2/28 as part of "Shall We Dance?" theme. Brontorina has the heart of a dancer...but she has a problem: she is too big to fit into Madame Lucille's dance studio. Brontorina wins everyone's heart and they realize the problem is not that she is too big, but that the studio is too small....Preschoolers loved this book.
Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, 2011
Who knew the guy who wrote Bunnicula is still alive and writing picture books?
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tessa
Good story and lesson.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
My 5 year old screamed with delight at the end of this book...
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charming. A few people respecting your dreams can be huge for you, and holding on to your dreams is important. Here it goes beyond that and becomes something much bigger.
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James Howe has written more than eighty books in the thirty-plus years he's been writing for young readers. It sometimes confuses people that the author of the humorous Bunnicula series also wrote the dark young adult novel, The Watcher, or such beginning reader series as Pi
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