Want personalized picks that fit your family?

Set preferences to see our top age-appropriate picks for your kids.

Get age-based picks

Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur

Book review by
Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur Book Poster Image
Dino-mite satire is a quick, funny tween read.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Bad guy Professor Kilowatt makes a racist comment in regards to country club applicants. Over-the-top evil deeds and bad attitudes abound, but good wins out in the end.


Jacob's dinosaur is threatened with bombs.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the villains in this book are ridiculously bad authority figures. Over-the-top evil deeds and bad attitudes abound, but good wins out in the end. The broad satire is funny, but the cynicism is what skews the age recommendation to 9. Younger kids will probably enjoy the lighter tone of the animated TV show based on the book series.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 year old Written bySusancai November 17, 2010
It's very good. employment |ads|sleeper sofa mattress

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

What's the story?

Jacob Two-Two and his pet dinosaur, Dippy, are on the run after Canadian government officials declare Dippy a public menace and decide to bomb him.

Is it any good?

Jacob is a likeable protagonist, and many children will identify with his trials as the youngest in a large family. But these bad guys wouldn't be out of place in a Roald Dahl novel. Some parents may be bothered by a country club president who says, "[W]e have to come to accept a few members who are black or Italian or Jewish or Greek, so long as they are also filthy rich."

The broad satire is funny, but the cynicism is what skews the age recommendation to 9 for this easy-to-read chapter book. It's also more intense and darkly funny than in the friendly, sibling rivalry-focused animated series. This is a satisfyingly quick read -- chapters are usually only two or three pages, and the action moves the plot along at a lively pace. This is a good pick for an otherwise reluctant reader.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the bad guys' motivations. Jacob's enemies aren't always honest about why they want to do things, but it's easy to see their true intentions. Parents can look up the legend of Saint George and the dragon and then discuss why the prime minister wanted to emulate it. They can also ask why the Yes Men and Yes Women always say yes.

Book details

Top advice and articles

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate