I admit it. I was a 10-year-old-boy in some past life as I love a good fart or poop joke. And this book has a steaming pile of a good poop joke in it. And thankfully, the rest of How to Take Care of Your Dinosaur by Jason Cockcroft is fun as well. And (mostly) not as messy either.
While we have seen this theme before done with unicorns, trains, monsters, and all sorts of creatures, the “taking care” of your pet dinosaur story is done in a sweet manner. There are bright, colorful, bold and quirky images and a story that flows from start to finish. And to make it slightly unique, make sure you read both the cover and end pages as the story starts and does not end there. The whole book is the story. It is a feel-good book that just makes you pause for a moment, take a breath and ready for the next step (as an adult). As a kid? You probably better start getting your list of why having a dino for a pet is a good idea to convince your parents.
This is for the child who loves dinosaurs. For the child who wants t0 have a pet. And for a nice quiet, sit-down and read time. The story is simple, no real surprises, but it is enjoyable. It will probably not become a classic, but it has the potential to becoming a childhood favorite. There is nothing sad or bad about it. I do not always care for a “happily ever after book” but this time it was just what was needed. No fuss, no muss and no angry passengers on a bus.