Danny and the Dinosaur

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Danny and the Dinosaur
Danny-Dinosaur1958.jpg
Cover of the 1958 hardcover edition.
AuthorSyd Hoff
IllustratorSyd Hoff
Cover artistSyd Hoff
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreChildren's literature
PublisherHarper & Brothers
Publication date1958
Media typePrint
Pages64
ISBN978-0-06-022466-0
OCLC Number13459675
Preceded byPatty's Pet
Followed bySammy the Seal
 
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Danny and the Dinosaur
Danny-Dinosaur1958.jpg
Cover of the 1958 hardcover edition.
AuthorSyd Hoff
IllustratorSyd Hoff
Cover artistSyd Hoff
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreChildren's literature
PublisherHarper & Brothers
Publication date1958
Media typePrint
Pages64
ISBN978-0-06-022466-0
OCLC Number13459675
Preceded byPatty's Pet
Followed bySammy the Seal

Danny and the Dinosaur is a popular children's book by Syd Hoff, first published by Harper & Brothers in 1958. It has sold over six million copies and has been translated into a dozen languages. The book inspired two sequels by Syd Hoff: Happy Birthday, Danny and the Dinosaur! and Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp. It also won the distinction of New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year.

Danny and the Dinosaur is designated an "I Can Read Book 1".

Plot[edit]

"One day Danny went to the museum," is the first sentence of this book. In the museum, Danny sees other things, but is almost immediately drawn to the dinosaur section and is delighted to find a living dinosaur. Both agree to play with each other, and Danny rides out of the museum on the dinosaur's neck.

Danny and his dinosaur buddy embark on an adventure-filled day, including...

The dinosaur is well-intentioned throughout the story, for he helps a lady cross the street, takes Danny across a river and lets the children use him as a slide. He's also a celebrity, as the illustrations show hundreds of people leave the zoo to play with Danny.

Danny and the Dinosaur ends late in the day as all the children return home. Danny waits until the dinosaur walks back to the museum. While walking home, Danny thinks about one of the things first stated in the story: he wants a dinosaur for a pet, but realizes a dinosaur is too big to live at his house. As he walks up the driveway, Danny has last line, "But we did have a wonderful day.

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