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Jun 26 2018

Dogasaurus by Lucinda Gifford

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Scholastic, 2018. ISBN 9781743810712
(Age: 4+) Highly recommended. In Dogasaurus, Molly finds an egg in The Mysterious Ancient Forest next to her home. Molly is like any curious child and takes the egg home. It hatches and now Molly has a new pet. It is small and cute but Molly's new pet is a dinosaur. What will happen as Rex the dinosaur - who acts like a dog - grows and grows? Molly and Rex play games, he helps with the chickens and he herds the animals. Rex might be gigantic and he might make a lot of mess but Molly loves him. One day, Molly finds Rex staring at The Mysterious Ancient Forest. They hear roaring from inside the forest. Is the forest where Rex truly belongs?
Dogasaurus is a beautiful story about a friendship between a girl and her pet. The illustrations are gorgeous and colourful. They help tell the story and would be great prompts for oral retelling in the classroom. This story is also fun and the pictures portray that. Dogasaurus is also a great story to help us say goodbye to those we love. It is highly recommended for bedtime reading with readers under 7 and for independent readers aged 7+. Dinosaur fans as well as readers who love a good story about friendship will enjoy this book.
Kylie Kempster

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