The Girl and the Dinosaur (Hardcover)

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By Hollie Hughes, Sarah Massini (Illustrator)

Staff Reviews

There's a town beside the sea, not so very far from here, with golden sands and rock pools and a tattered, battered pier. Here is where we meet our charming red-headed heroine, Marianne, who is digging for dinosaur bones. Marianne is full of heart and imagination, two very important things to have if she's going to bring a dinosaur to life! Hughes' gorgeous, rhyming prose make this book perfect for story time and Massini's illustrations add touches of whimsy and fun.

— From Kids Books Laura Recommends


This evocative, beautifully illustrated picture book celebrates one girl's limitless imagination, perfect for fans of the Fan Brothers.

Anything is possible and nothing's as it seems . . .

In a town by the seaside, Marianne is often seen digging for buried treasure on the beach. One day, she finds the most wonderful treasure of all--a dinosaur skeleton!

That night, Marianne makes a wish upon a star that her dinosaur will come to life. She wishes it with all her heart--and it comes true. Together, Marianne's adventures with her new friend are limited only by their imagination.

This enchanting picture book will take you on a magical journey far beyond the page.

About the Author

Sarah Massini has illustrated several books for children including Oodles of Noodles, Dino in the Jungle!, If I Could Paint the World, and Where’s Caterpillar?

Praise For…

“A beautiful reverie complete with fairies, unicorns, dinosaurs, and possibilities.” —Foreword Reviews, starred review

“Lively and atmospheric.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Sweet rhymes make for a tranquil bedtime book, and the alluring watercolor-and- pencil illustrations create a warm world.” —Booklist

“The balance of adventure and whimsy expressed in text and watercolor collages creates a pleasing bedtime tale.” —School Library Journal

“The verse has a gentle, lulling cadence, and Marianne's journeys are dreamily bedtime-suitable.” —BCCB

“Massini's digital mixed-media and collage artwork brings the bears and their surroundings to life . . . The artwork will draw in young readers.” —School Library Journal on KISS IT BETTER

“Sweet message.” —Kirkus Reviews on KISS IT BETTER

Product Details
ISBN: 9781547603220
ISBN-10: 1547603224
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Publication Date: January 14th, 2020
Pages: 32