Danny and the Dinosaur Book and CD

ISBN: 0060786876
ISBN 13: 9780060786878
By: Syd Hoff

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Read along with your favorite I Can Read Book characters!I Can Read Books are the premier line of beginning readers encouraging children to learn-and love-to read. Featuring award-winning authors and illustrators, I Can Read Books offer a full spectrum of entertaining stories for every stage of a child’s reading development.Now the beloved characters and adventures from this popular line of books come to life with I Can Read Book and CDs. Each package includes a best-selling beginning-reader storybook and a lively audio recording featuring:Word-for-word narration Music and sound effects One version with turn-the-page signals One version of uninterrupted reading

Reader's Thoughts

Jazlyn Caraballo

The book I have chosen for my fantasy picture book is, “Danny and the Dinosaur.” This book deals with the fantasy of a dinosaur coming to life and doing human like things. Danny is visiting the museum and is very interested in the dinosaur section. In the book he wishes that he can play with the dinosaurs and then all of a sudden the dinosaur starts to talk and comes to life. Throughout the story they are going through different adventures and visiting new places. Towards the end of the book Danny and his friends want to play hide and seek with the dinosaur. The dinosaur becomes frustrated because he cannot find a good hiding place. Danny and his friends fell bad and decide to pretend that they cannot find the dinosaur. The dinosaur is happy and the sun begins to go down. Danny asks the dinosaur to stay with him, but he tells Danny that he has to go back to the museum so other people can see him. Danny understands and everyone goes back home where they belong. This book is a fantasy book because a dinosaur comes back to life and starts to do human like things. This book also has creatures talking, which is an element of a fantasy book. Other than those two traits there are no more fantasy traits in this book. I found this book easy to read and for beginner readers. It is not exactly a chapter book but it is longer than a regular book. Each page has many words to read with an illustration. Overall, this was a cute, good, and simple fantasy picture book.

Miloš & Brontë

Papa: So...Miloš: I really liked that they had fun together, and not did not have fun. Papa: Okay, what else?Miloš: Actually, that was it. Okay, Pa. Papa: Okay. (But I would like to mention that this book is 64 pages long and contains the first page Miloš has ever read without pictures. The boy is a reading fiend).

Mandy Sue

This is the story of a little boy named Danny. He takes a trip to a museum where he meets a dinosaur who comes to life and together they spend the day around town. A lovely story that kids of all ages can enjoy!Not only is this a good picture book to be read to a child but also a great story for confidence boosting in beginner reading children. Being a beginner reader book, it's probably a level 2 since it introduces a lot of digraph words mixed with first grade level sight words. With lots of repetition of words throughout the story, the child becomes a more confidant reader by the ending of the story.A must have for all boys who are starting to read!

Nicola Mansfield

Danny visits the museum and when he gets to the dinosaur display a real dinosaur pops out and asks Danny to play with him. So off they go through the town having lots of fun ending up playing hide 'n' seek with the neighbourhood children but as sunset comes along everyone must go home including the dinosaur who must get back to the museum. This is one of the original "I Can Read" books that has stood the test of time. What little boy doesn't go through the dinosaur stage? This silly story is a load of fun and can be enjoyed by any age. Syd Hoff was one of the great children's author/illustrators and his works will never go out of print. Some of the PC persuasion may find the display of the "Indian" and "Eskimo" offensive, but the rest of us will enjoy a good old-fashioned timeless classic. One word of note though, buy yourself an old secondhand copy if possible. The new reprints have been recolourized with dark full-colour illustrations rather than the light pencil crayon effect of the originals.

Sherman Langford

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

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.

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


"I just loved the museum and the indians."

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.


For pre-k children, this is a good book. Young boys love to dinosaurs and this book is great for young dinosaur lovers. The children will enjoy the Danny’s clowning around on his adventure. I would use this book in my pre-k classroom for dinosaur lovers.


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.


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.


This book would be great to introduce the topic of fiction and non-fiction. It's important to tell kids that although dinosaurs were real at one point, they aren't here anymore. And they surely can't walk around town talking and helping people cross the street. Being this book is from 1958, the illustrations were lacking. And it would have been nice to see at least one name of a dinosaur, just to get kids familiar with what dinosaur names sound like, but I generally enjoyed this adventurous tale of Danny and his dinosaur. I would suggest this to be apart of a K-3 dinosaur curriculum just for fun!


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

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