Text Box: The Mine-o-saur

The Mine-o-saur does not like to play nicely — and that doesn’t win him any friends in the school yard.  Soon the Mine-o-saur is lonely.  But will the other dinos want to give him a chance when the Mine-o-saur is ready to give back all their stuff and apologize?

Young readers will love these little dinosaurs and will have fun chanting along with the Mine-o-saur’s clever rhymes, even as they absorb a lesson about sharing.  Join all the dinos in the school yard as Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen’s loveable, quirky Mine-o-saur comes to life through David Clark’s hilarious illustrations.

About the Book

From Children’s Literature

“Does the world really need another book that tries to teach kids to share? If it is The Mine-O-Saur, the answer is a hearty YES! The grabby bossy saur-head main character makes life a bit more troubled for others at school with his relentless “Mine! Mine! Mine!” as he takes toys and steals all the scones and butter tarts (food is always a measure of the greatness of the book, I think). The others shun him until finally he has a change of heart. Just in the nick of time, right before the reader wants to whack him upside the head, the Mine-O-Saur changes his wicked ways. To his amazement and delight, the others accept him as a forgiven friend. Readers will smile or laugh out loud at the ending when Mine-O-Saur claims his new friends as “Mine! Mine! Mine!” Bright orange endpapers, big-mouthed googly-eyed dinosaurs, and the cheerfully goofy menace that is the grabbysaurus-star of this delightful book will make it a hit. Every classroom has a Mine-O-Saur, and it is this reviewer’s fond hope that titles like this will help cure each and every one of them before they get to the corporate boardroom. The author reveals her sly sense of humor in the flap copy, divulging her family secret that in addition to three children (mini-Mine-O-Saurs?) she also has an imaginary pony, Penny, at her home in New Jersey. A great title to add to the library’s “bad behavior” collection that probably includes Rotten Ralph, Curious George, Max and Ruby, Wild Thing Max, and, of course, Olivia.”                         

From FUSE #8 (at School Library Journal)

“Books with a message are the most frightening kind of picture book on the planet. They can go real bad, real preachy, and real ugly real fast. Self-published authors love `em. So too do new parents with unshakable beliefs in bibliotherapy. And as a children's librarian it is my job to wade through the lot of them to find the ones that are the best. When a parent walks up to you and says, "I want a picture book about sharing," you know that the clock is ticking and that you need to rustle up the goods right quick or they're going to be convinced that you don't know your Kellogg from your Kuskin. So you search through your library catalog and lo and behold there's a book called, "Mine-o-saur," by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. You don't know Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and you certainly don't know illustrator David Clark so already you're up a tree. Still you decide to make a go of it. Leaving your patron at the reference desk you saunter on over to the "B" section of the picture books and surreptitiously flip through the title before returning. Maybe you notice that there are rhyming sections. Hey, fun fact! You know what's even more dangerous than a book with a message? A book with a message that RHYMES. But the parent is looking increasingly impatient, a line is forming behind them, all the other sharing books are out, and this is what's sitting in your hot little hand. Do you risk handing it over or will you regret the action if the book isn't any good? Well, ladies and gentlemen, I have excellent news. Ms. Bardhan-Quallen (I just like writing her name) and Mr. Clark have leapt above the double threat of lesson + rhymes to create a book that pans, scans, looks great, and tells its message in a manner pleasing to eye and ear. Plus it's got dinos. Everybody likes dinos...Clark's illustrations were kind of the key here, though. You can have all the nice little words and characters you want but if the pictures look like they were done by someone whose heart wasn't in it, forget about it. That'll show. Mr. Clark, however, appears to care very much about this book. His pictures have a bug-eyed cartoonish look, but with bright watercolor washes and some fine shading. More importantly, there's personality here... It's a fun one. You may prefer your Yolen or other dino tales for the basic manners of life, but when it comes to sharing books, "The Mine-o-saur" ain't half bad. It risks a couple genres and comes out tops. Worth a gander at any rate.”

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