This children’s book is like a happy dream. What kid wouldn’t want to spend a day wandering around town with a friendly dinosaur? Mr. Hoff wrote this story in the late 1950s, but new generations of kids and their families continue to love it.
The main character, Danny, is wandering around a museum, wishing he could see a live dinosaur, when one of the dinosaur models on display talks to him. At first Danny can’t believe his ears – a live dinosaur?! The dinosaur wants to leave the museum and explore the big world outside.
So Danny shows him around town, and introduces him to all his friends. Surprisingly, no one is frightened by this gigantic creature. He proves to be quite helpful, becoming a walkway for pedestrians over busy streets, and carrying packages for ladies. In the end, the adventure must end, and the dinosaur returns to the museum.
This book is pure genius. It’s like looking inside a kid’s brain, and seeing the adventures he or she would go on in a world with peaceful animals, polite humans, and no crime. It makes a nice break from books that show the world as it is. Sometimes we all need to retreat into the world of Danny And The Dinosaur.