My daughter and I just finished up a unit study on Dinosaurs. If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most was on the list of recommended reading for this particular unit study which was supposed to be at a 3rd grade level.
After actually reading through the book, it was a little below a 3rd grade level, but still a cute book to read. And it inspired her creativity so that when I asked her to write her own "If the dinosaurs came back" story, she had plenty of ideas.
The book itself is great for probably 1st or 2nd grade. The drawings are simple and the fact that everything but the dinosaur is black and white helped them stick out. And in the back of the book there was a picture guide and names of all the dinosaurs who had been in the story. So while not exactly old enough for my kiddo, it was still fun for her to read through.
What would the world be like if the dinosaurs came back? Well, just think of all the useful things they could do! They could reach books from tall shelves, cut down trees, mow lawns, give giraffes someone to look up to--and, most of all, be pets for those who love dinosaurs! Most's whimsical first book, illustrated with simple, childlike drawings, is a springboard for discussion with young dinosaur lovers.