Boo's Surprise

By Betsy Cromer Byars; Erik Brooks (Illustrator)
Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805088175, 45pp.

Publication Date: August 4, 2009

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""A dinosaur A new dinosaur " Boo shouted. "This dinosaur left me a big surprise." "
""Boo is excited to receive a giant egg--and to find out what's inside Her brother, Sammy, is not--but he is still willing to help her after the egg hatches into a lovable baby dinosaur. Is it all Boo's imagination or not? The youngest chapter book reader will want to find out in this wonderfully imaginative sequel to "Boo's Dinosaur.

About the Author
Betsy Byars, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, received a degree in English from Queens College there. Currently, she lives in Clemson, SC with her husband, a college professor. They have four grown children--one son and three daughters--and five grandchildren. "My own hobbies," Byars says, "are rather quiet. I like to read and do needlework, and I love animals. But my husband has some very interesting hobbies, and through him, I've learned to fly and earned my pilot's license. Together, we fly all over the United States. Since our children are all grown now, we also travel a great deal in Europe, but we take commercial flights because our plane is not really equipped to make transatlantic flights."Erik Brooks is the author and illustrator of many books for children. A graduate of Carleton College with a degree in art, he lives with his family in north central Washington state.

Praise For Boo's Surprise

“Convincing family relationships enhance Boo’s experiences; child-centered dialogue abets the taut pacing. Engaging double-page drawings extend the text with humor and warmth. Brooks’s illustrations vary shading to depict the fully realized characters. The dinosaur’s dynamic expressions provide a warm immediacy to the engaging plot, and Boo’s bouncy pigtails convey her youthful exuberance. The successful balance between fantasy and realism creates a satisfying chapter-book selection.”—Kirkus Reviews “Lots of fun for sharing and reading aloud.”—Booklist

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