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If I Had a Raptor by George O'Connor
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If I Had a Raptor

by George O'Connor

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A little girl imagines what it would be like to have a raptor as a pet. Probably not quite as she imagines. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
is it a raptor, or a kitty? ( )
  melodyreads | Oct 23, 2014 |
Sometimes, a book seems like just a book - nothing to write home about, and clearly other Librarything reviewers concurred with my first response to If I had a raptor, but Publisher's Weekly starred this book, so it made me take another look. You have to appreciate a couple of things: the protagonist who wants the raptor is a girl and she's African American. Neither fact is integral to the story (as School Library Journal points out regarding ethnicity) but that does increase the importance of the book. When girls who love dinosaurs are looking for themselves in books, they find this one. The crux of the problem is that the raptor that is "teensy and tiny" at first; it doesn't stay that way for long. My favorite spread shows the sleepy child with a huge raptor waking her up "nice and early" (the clock shows 4:36 am); when she feeds her pet, the raptor has a response that I know well as a cat owner, with the raptor turning up his nose to breakfast. On second look and trying to see through the eyes of a pre k kid, I can see this story as a read aloud success that would make listeners dissolve into giggles. ( )
  pataustin | Aug 31, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763660124, Hardcover)

A spunky and imaginative little girl dreams of the best pet ever — a fuzzy baby raptor to snuggle.

Our heroine can’t think of anything better than bringing home a baby raptor — all teensy and tiny, fluffy and funny. It would cuddle and play, stalk birds and dust bunnies, and curl up on laps. In short, it would be the perfect pet! Readers may notice striking similarities between the raptor’s behavior and that of a more common house pet. But whether their first love is dinosaurs or kittens, little people with big imaginations will definitely warm to this perfect picture book.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:04:07 -0400)

Our heroine can't think of anything better than bringing home a baby raptor -all teensy and tiny, fluffy and funny. It would cuddle and play, stalk birds and dust bunnies, and curl up on laps. In short, it would be the perfect pet! Readers may notice striking similarities between the raptor's behavior and that of a more common house pet. But whether their first love is dinosaurs or kittens, little people with big imaginations will definitely warm to this perfect picture book.… (more)

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