Too Many Dinosaurs by Mercer Mayer

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A boy wants a puppy, but he gets a
triceratops instead in Mercer Mayer’s
newest picture book.


About Mercer Mayer

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Mercer Mayer was born December 30, 1943 in Little Rock Arkansas. While attending school at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Mayer decided to enter the field of children's book illustration. He created a portfolio of sketches and peddled them wherever he could. He moved to New York City in 1964, pursuing further instruction at the Art Students League of New York, where he met an artist named Marianna who became his first wife. He soon created a new portofolio and with these new sketches persuaded editors at Dial Press and Harper & Row to give him some illustration work. Mayer published his first book, A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog, at Dial Press in 1967. It was notable for being a completely wordless picture book one that tells its story entirely through the use of pictures. Mayer was one of the first illustrators to be credited for using this format. Five more books in this series were to follow. Mayer joined Golden Publishing, creators of Little Golden Books, in 1976. Through them he has sold his "Little Critter" and "Little Monster" series, which are popular with beginning readers. His title Just Me and My Dad made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.
Published September 1, 2011 by Holiday House. 1 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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His mother’s steadfast refusal to let him get a dog only breaks down after a lad visits a yard sale to buy first a huge egg that hatches into a rambunctious baby triceratops and then a “dinosaur horn” that brings a towering T.

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On these pages, Mayer employs dramatic framings and exhibits some impressive draftsmanship, giving a scary/comic twist to the term “invasive species.” But most of the book is marked by enervated storytelling (“I had a feeling that my dinosaur had come this way.

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Read full review > In-depth facts about 13 dinosaurs are interspersed with activities that teach readers about anatomy and how paleontologists understand body structure.

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