The Girl and the Dinosaur (Hardcover)

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By Hollie Hughes, Sarah Massini (Illustrator)
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Marianne lived in a town beside the sea with golden sand and rock pools and a tattered, battered pier. She spent her time digging in the sand looking for the treasures history left behind; she was digging for a dinosaur.  The fisherfolk didn’t understand Marianne; they wondered why she didn’t look for friends and leave those old bones be, but Marianne was patient and Marianne was clever.  She stuck with it, and soon she had done it.  When all the stony bones came together, she had finally found her dinosaur, and, even better, a friend.  That same night, she wished with all her heart for stony bones to come to life and come find her.  With the wishing stars burning bright that night, her wish came true, and a deeply sleeping dinosaur woke up.  They went on new adventures, and encountered many creatures long forgotten in the night air thick with dreams.  On they went until, finally, one adventure brought them to an enchanting place where anything was possible and nothing was as it seems...

— From Anna Grace


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 Wheres 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
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