Danny and the Dinosaur Book and CD

ISBN: 0060786876
ISBN 13: 9780060786878
By: Syd Hoff

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Reader's Thoughts


"Danny and the Dinosaur" is a picture book fantasy by Syd Hoff. It is a book targeted to the primary reader. Loved by many this book has was a New York Times book of the year."It would be nice to play with a dinosaur." Many kids may say it but Danny had the opportunity and oh the fun they had. I gave this book four stars. I love the realistic ending when Danny says "Oh well we don't have room for a pet that size anyway." The plot and illustrations made it clear that some things are just not possible. None the less it is a fun story and can teach kids that dreams can be fun but if the dreams come true it may not be so fun.

Cassi Dick

This book shows the friendship of a boy and his dinosaur. It shows all the different things dinosaurs could do with humans if they were around today, that is if they were tamed. This book could also be used in the first grade class, and is easy enough for students who struggle with reading as well as student who don't.


Childhood favorite. Who doesn't want a dinosaur friend?

Lisa Vegan

This book came out when I was 4 or 5 and I’ll bet I read it when I was young, but I don’t remember it. I hope that I read it when I was 5 or 6 or 7; I would have absolutely loved it.It’s a very cute story, very 1958, but I think today’s young readers will enjoy it too. The text is good for early readers, and younger children will enjoy having this read to them.Most kids like dinosaurs and the dinosaur here is adorable. He’s endearing, friendly, helpful, and he uses correct grammar too. He’s funny too, if you get the jokes.The illustrations are really great; they’re a lot of fun. I read this for July’s Children's Books group Picture Books Club. This month’s theme: dinosaurs.

April Scheivelhud

This is a wonderful story for any child that loves dinosaurs. Danny finds a dinosaur in a museum that comes alive. He goes on all kinds of adventures with his new playmate. In the end then dinosaur has to go home. Danny is okay with that since his new friend is too big to stay in his house.


I like that Danny and the dinosaur are so ... nice. They're interested in helping people, and it's fun, even so many years later, to think of what helpful things a dinosaur could do.


The story here is interesting. A dinosaur comes to life at a museum and spends the day playing with Danny. My son thought that would be pretty dang cool. The real value isn't in the story though, but in being an easy reader. Previously mentioned dinosaur loving son read this eagerly. It was a bit harder than previous books he'd read so he had to struggle a bit, but he wanted to read it and he did. So I'd say it's more a 'been reading for a while' book rather than a 'just learning to read' book.I could take this book or leave it. It worked for one kid, but the other one has absolutely no interest in it.

Sherman Langford

A favorite from my childhood, and then a favorite of my kids in the next generation.


Kid has a dinosaur. How friggin' great is that? I like that when Danny gets the dinosaur, he chooses to ride it around town, much like you might if you'd just acquired, say, a new moped. Sure, you could alert the media and become a overnight sensation and a historical footnote, or somehow contain the dinosaur and make a handsome living charging admission. You could even assume that you've lost all control of your mental faculties, and flee gibbering into the woods, subsisting on checkerberry and using a pointy rock and a poplar branch to fashion a chipmunk bludgeon that in the back of your mind you know you'll never get up the guts to use. But why put yourself (and the dinosaur, for that matter) through all that when you could simply hop on and take him out for a spin, leaving a sprightly trail of charmingly illustrated mayhem in your wake, and no doubt all but depleting the town's already meager budget.

Rosa Cline

Danny goes to a museum and he sees all sorts of things. He comes to the dinosaurs and wishes that one would be real and one is. He goes and spends the day with Danny doing all kinds of fun stuff. At the end of the day they each go back to their homes remembering the great day they've had.


I LOVED this book as a child & enjoyed sharing it with my own daughter.


"Danny and the Dinosaur" is a New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year Award by Syd Hoff and it is about how a young boy named Danny starts playing with a friendly dinosaur who has come to life when in a museum that Danny goes to. "Danny and the Dinosaur" is a true masterpiece for many children who love books about dinosaurs!Syd Hoff has done an outstanding job at both illustrating and writing this book. Syd Hoff's illustrations are both creative and cute at the same time as the dinosaur that Danny encounters looks extremely friendly and the dinosaur's body would usually take up the pages that he is on and Danny himself is an extremely cute and friendly looking child as he always has a smile on his face when he is around the dinosaur. Also, what made Syd Hoff's illustrations truly creative is that there would be a set of two pages that are mainly in brown, black and white and then the next set of two pages would be in all kinds of color, which is a similar format that Madeline's Rescue had. Syd Hoff makes this story extremely cute and heartwarming at the same time as Danny learns about the true meaning of friendship when he spends much of his day with the dinosaur and enjoys his time spent with the dinosaur. Syd Hoff also made this book highly creative as this was one of the few children's books that I have read where a human child talks to a dinosaur like a human being and Syd Hoff has made the interaction between the dinosaur and Danny so heartwarming as Danny and the Dinosaur act like true best friends."Danny and the Dinosaur" is truly one of the greatest books about dinosaurs ever created and it would be a huge hit for children who love dinosaurs and learning the true meaning of friendship. I would recommend this book to children ages three and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book and the writing format of this book is extremely simple for three year olds and up to read.


While I may be an adult, this was my first book when I began reading. Thanks to Danny and the Dinosaur, I live to read books and it was all because of a summer day back in Michigan when I stayed in my room to try and sound out the word "eskimo".

Matthew Richards

El libro fue ofensivo en partes. El pueblo inuit no son "esquimales" y no deben ser en un museo al lado de osos. Pero el resto del libro fue encantador y ayudóme aprender espanol.

Crystal Marcos

My husband brought Danny and the Dinosaur home from the library today. He immediately sat down and my daughter climbed in his lap. I listened as he read and looked at the pictures over his shoulder. I believe I have read this before long ago. My daughter sat for about half the book and stood to look at the pictures for most of the rest. I enjoyed listening in and my husband said “It’s cute.” I liked the bright pictures. I liked the fun that Danny and the children have with the dinosaur. Especially, hide-and-seek. I think my daughter really likes the pictures in this one. She just took the book off the couch and is flipping through it. As a family, we all enjoyed this one!

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