Dear Santasaurus Audible –

It S January , But Ernest B Spinosaurus Is Already Dreaming Of The Present Santasaurus Will Hopefully Bring Him Next Christmas This Means, Of Course, That Ernest Will Have To Stay On Santasaurus S Nice List All Year Long But How Will Santasaurus Know By Ernest S Letters This Hilarious Story Is Told Entirely Through The Seventeen Letters That Ernest Writes To Santasaurus, Detailing The WhoppingNice Acts And The MereNaughty Acts He Racks Up Through The Year Santasaurus Even Sends A Letter In Reply Fresh And Funny, This Countdown To Christmas Is A Journey Through The Year That Readers Will Want To Take Over And Over Again

10 thoughts on “Dear Santasaurus

  1. says:

    My fourth grader seemed a little interested than my first grader it runs a bit long Cute though.

  2. says:

    Put simply, Dear Santasaurus is wonderful The story is told through a series of letters written by a young dinosaur, Ernest B Spinosaurus, to Santasaurus, the dinosaur equivalent of Santa Ernest is a very engaging character and his efforts to stay on Santa s Nice List really made me chuckle This clever, inventive story with its vibrant illustrations, will delight children and adults alike It would make a perfect present, not just for Christmas but for any time in the year.

  3. says:

    I would read this to older kids 1 3 long and funny.

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    Dear Santasaurus tells the story of a dinosaur named Ernest He writes letters throughout the year to Santasaurus to tell him about all the naughty and nice things he has done He writes him on every holiday For Valentine s Day Ernest sends Santasaurus a card and tells him he didn t think putting a fake spider in his mom s box of chocolates would scare her so much For Thanksgiving he writes a letter listing the things he is grateful for, like only having 1 sister The year progresses and letters are written When it gets closer to Christmas Ernest writes to tell Santasaurus what he wants for Christmas and to remind him that he has done nice things then bad Was Ernest good enough to get the gift he wanted This book has an interesting format to tell the story The author choose to use letters to create a timeline and tell the story The font used in the letters is meant to make it look like it was possibly hand written The illustrations in the book are colorful and have a child like look to them The letters do an excellent job supporting the pictures It explains the images as well as add new content that is not featured The book is on the longer side, which could make it harder to keep the reader s attention The story uses fictional creatures to create a realistic storyline Children will relate to the story because most of know what it feels like to anxiously await Christmas time.

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    Ernest B Spinosaurus isn t wasting any time telling Santasaurus what he wants for Christmas he writes his first letter to Santasaurus on the first of January and continues to write throughout the year And he s determined to stay on Santasaurus Nice List Through Ernest s letters, at once hopeful and cheeky, we get to know this young dinosaur, about his friend Ty, his little sister Amber, and his desire for a Jurassic Turbo Scooter X9 He wants to stay on Santasaurus nice list, and keeps up a steady stream of letters partly to explain away his naughtiness Ernest may be a dinosaur, but really he s a typical young boy that children and their parents will be able to relate to easily Coupled with Jef Kaminsky s cartoon like illustrations, this book reminded me a lot of children s television shows Granted, the ones I ve started letting my two year old watch yes, it s come to that, there s only so long you can hold out are predominately British and a mix of fancy 3D CGI and old style animation a la Peppa Pig, but they all tend to have one thing in common using animals like pigs or bees or mythological creatures like fairies or elves or fictional characters like robots or aliens to make everyday stories interesting, as well as to show a universality to human stories Children s books are, likewise, often used to help dispel the classic us vs them dichotomy that seems to rise in children instinctually, and I do find the books to be less obvious than the TV shows and I have zero guilt in letting my child read books Dear Santasaurus is a sweet, funny and very entertaining book, a picture book for older children It was too long and too advanced for my boy, who doesn t really remember his first two Christmas and is only just getting his head around the typical Christmas symbols Santa etc The concept of naughty and nice, or of writing to Santa, these are a bit too abstract for him yet The story itself has lovely context jokes where the illustrations play off the text and vice versa in really fun ways, but likewise my boy is too young yet to get any of the humour, or even really understand the situations or what Ernest is really saying in his letters It s one I will have to wait a couple years before getting out again to read to him, which isn t a bad thing If your child is five or older, they will get a lot out of this.Here s a taste April 1Dear Santasaurus,For Christmas, I want rainbow underwear with white polka dots Seven hundred pairs of underwear And Ty wants a thousand pairs of socks That s it No toys No scooter.Your friend,Ernest B SpinosaurusPS Just kidding APRIL FOOL S DAY Ha ha ha.April 2Dear Santasaurus,Yesterday s letter was a joke You knew that, right I do NOT want seven hundred pairs of underwear for Christmas I don t want any underwear I want the Jurassic Turbo Scooter X.Please, please, please do not bring me any underwear.Your friend,Ernest B SpinosaurusPS Ty doesn t want socks, either.May 13Dear Santasaurus,Today, I scored two soccer goals one for my team, one for the other team I ate all my dinner except for what dropped on the floor I even helped Amber take her first steps So let s forget about yesterday s mess with the glitter glue, paint, and Dad s toothbrush Besides, Mom sure did like the Mother s Day card I made with my own claws.I ve been thinking about my Christmas list I want the Sea Serpent Blue Jurassic Turbo Scooter X9 I also want a Raging Raptor action figure.Please.Your friend,Ernest B SpinosaurusThe illustrations are bold, colourful and lively, and don t simply echo the text but rather show another side to the story, a kind of what really happened side to it They re fresh and fun and really help with the whole book s festive, exciting, cheerful vibe And what was really nice, especially for a Christmas picture book, was the fact that there was no in your face, saccharine moral at the end Ernest got the Christmas present he wanted, and was really really happy The point of the story isn t about good deeds and impressing on kids any kind of pressure to be something they re not it s about kids being kids, and enjoying their childhood, and striving and trying without weighty repercussions or negative consequences You could read this as Santasaurus standing in for God, but not being religious I didn t read it that way but you could Children reading this will be able to enjoy it for the entertaining story it is, while also seeing a bigger picture It s a story that makes an impression, but isn t heavy handed or lecturing or do goody Know what I mean Kids don t respond well to that anyway Children will connect well with Ernest, who is proud of himself for taking a bath without being told, and who does harmless pranks They will enjoy reading about a year in Ernest s life, and getting to know him And if anything, it will teach kids that it s okay to play, that you should try to be good and helpful and considerate, but if you mess up nothing bad s going to happen Your life won t be shouldn t be, if you have decent parents ruined Sadly, not every child has the freedom to be a child that Ernest does Being a child is about learning, in ways than one, and I ve never thought that placing adult responsibilities with adult repercussions and punishments on children is at all useful, or teaches them anything but to be scared and anxious or that they re bad and that s that At first glance, Dear Santasaurus is pure silly fun, but at its heart it s good, solid storytelling that, if nothing else, will secretly reassure kids that there s nothing wrong with being a kid My thanks to the author for a copy of this book.Visit my blog to see Stacy McAnulty s guest post as she shares her 12 days of Christmas in picture books and a cookie recipe

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    Dear Santasaurus by Stacy McAnulty is unlike any dinosaur book or santa book you re likely to read.Dear Santasaurus is a funny story about Ernest B Spinosaurus, a young dinosaur who starts early in the year writing letters to Santasaurus In fact, January 1 his first note is a thank you for his Christmas present even though he already broke it Every month he writes to Santasaurus, sometimes twice, and in December just so he can try to be on the nice list The notes also serve as his wish list which changes and grows throughout the year In March, what starts out as a scooter, by April has increased to a Jurassic Turbo Scooter x9 In May is it a sea serpent blue Jurassic Turbo Scooter x9 and a raging raptor action figure In June, it is now a Jurassic Turbo Scooter x9 with a working headlight, and never mind the raging raptor action figure he now wants tar pit goo Amusingly for the reader, Ernest B Spinosaurus s request gets elaborate almost every month, and the bold creative illustrations by Jef Kaminsky add to the humour.On Christmas Eve Ernest leaves a note for Santasaurus, just to remind him of the long list of features he wants his scooter to have The description is so detailed and changed it s quite funny.The illustrations by Jef Kaminsky are very well suited to the story, as Ernest B Spinosaurus tries to do nice things than naughty ones a hard task for a mischievous young dinosaur to accomplish Children will love the antics Ernest gets up to, and his attempts to convince Santasaurus he had good reasons for everything.Children are sure to enjoy Dear Santasaurus by Stacy McAnulty It s a fun story for adults to read to them, too.

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    As the older sister of a younger brother with very vivid memories of Christmases past not to mention just day to day boy behavior , this book could not possibly have rung true Every Single Part Because of that, I think it s just a touch possible that parents caregivers will get the biggest laughs out of this collection of letters from a dinosaur to Santasaurus providing behavioral updates excuses throughout the year along with ever changing specifics about the present he wants the most but kids will adore it, too Especially because it s about dinosaurs Who doesn t love a good, relatable dinosaur story

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    Dear Santasaurus is a perfect winter holiday read or perfect for a bedtime story as Christmas is approaching Often times when children are talking to Santa in books it is merely being narrated, but the interesting point of view in this story was directly from the child s letters When reading this book with a child it will be very relatable for them because most children believe in Santa and the naught or nice list The illustrations in this book were very cute and kid friendly and it didn t seem as if they were overpowering the words on the pages This book will definitely be added to my future classroom collection.

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    Ernest B Spinosaurus sends a monthly letter to Santa keeping up the communication about what he wants for Christmas it changes frequently and why he should still be on the nice list even though he put a fake spider in Mom s chocolate box on Valentine s Day and scared Granny by shouting Meteor shower By the end of the year, he clearly shows, in a graph, that he has had nice moments than naughty ones.Kids will love this one.

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    This little dinosaur is sure to write to santasaurus everyday throughout the whole year He includes a little bit of the good and a little bit of the bad, but he feels his niceness outweighs the badness My son thought the book was very funny, especially because he wanted this scooter but kept changing his mind of the color or the style or what it included Very cute story.