A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This book emits goodness, decency, and broad-mindedness like radioactivity.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's nothing objectionable here. The story has the clarity and concision of a news broadcast, with the same riveting tone, and the artwork couldn't be more softhearted and engaging. The language is enjoyably formal, with wit that acknowledges both adult and child audiences.
Is It Any Good?
The Lazardos live in that wonderful world where anything is possible, where generosity and curiosity are bywords. Nothing throws them off balance -- not even a dinosaur. It is also a world of sophistication -- not just in wealth and worldliness but also in the level of humor. Dr. and Mrs. Lazardo are smooth to a fault (William Joyce acknowledges that they are drawn from Dashiell Hammett's Nick and Nora Charles), and their suavity will likely fly right over most kids' heads.
They are also swashbucklers, though, and that is where older children may find a toehold. Joyce's artwork is sophisticated as well, a very handsome and richly evocative Art Deco style, but its broad humor is immediately accessible. Dinosaur Bob is a presence, vast and green, and a real sport.
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