Danny and the Dinosaur Book and CD

ISBN: 0060786876
ISBN 13: 9780060786878
By: Syd Hoff

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Reader's Thoughts

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.


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".


I imagine this was a charming book when it was released in the late fifties. I suppose I can see the appeal. It's a simple book for kids who are learning to read. It has a goofy looking dinosaur. It has a polite little kid. And they have fun little adventures in some nondescript American city.But it's not the fifties anymore, and I am a jaded bastard who likes his kids books on the salty (or maybe just interesting) side. So the sweet dino and the sweet boy are like the syrupy skein of goo at the back of the tongue after 5 cans of warm, flat Dr. Pepper. Every once in a while I get a craving for Dr. Pepper despite that coating, and the same thing happens with Danny and the Dinosaur. I gorge myself, hate the after taste, then wait a year or two for the craving to return. Lately, though, my little Scoutie's developing a taste for Danny and the Dinosaur, so the book is overstaying its welcome, and the after taste is making me gag. I'm going to try and redirect her into Harold and the Purple Crayon. Wish me luck.


I liked this story that Mike had read as a child. It is a fun adventure for a boy wanting to play with a dinosaur. I told Mike that I know why he likes this book - it has ice cream, rowing and baseball in it! He hadn't read it in several years so had forgotten about those elements of the book.

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.


One day Danny goes to the museum. He likes the dinosaurs best and wishes that he could have one of his own. And in all good books, Danny gets his wish and gets to spend a day with a dinosaur. They play games and eat together. But at the end of the day the dinosaur needs to go back where he is needed and Danny is left to go home, but knowing that he doesn't have room for a dinosaur.Great for early readers who are ready for short sentences and short chapters.

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.


Title: Danny the Dinosaur Written and Illustrated by: Syd HoffGenre: Fantasy Age Level: P; I Date: 2003.Danny goes to a museum one day to meet a dinosaur. This dinosaur is really nice and wants to be Danny’s friend. The dinosaur takes Danny for a ride on his back. The dinosaur is so tall, he hits the telephone wires. The dinosaur helps people cross the street. Everyone likes him. When they went to the zoo the dinosaur was asked to leave because he was taking the attention away from the animals. Danny introduces him to his friends and they play hide n seek. At the end of the day the dinosaur says he has to go back to the museum. The pictures look like they are colored in with crayon. Hoff does not use many colors in the book. However, the book is interesting to read. Children love the idea of having a talking dinosaur or animal and this book gives them hope that it could actually happen.

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!


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

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!


"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.

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.

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.


"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.

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