Life in rural New Hampshire turns upside down for Nate Twichell and his family when a dinosaur hatches from one of their chickens’ eggs. Nate explains, as only a twelve year old boy can, how he cares for his new pet, protecting it from physical danger as well as exploitation by newsmen and scientists. Although the premise of the book is wholly unrealistic, Nate’s narrative is so genuine that the story almost seems believable.
Nate’s relationship with his father is particularly noteworthy. Mr. Twitchell clearly recognizes that his son is approaching manhood and allows Nate to make decisions and accept new responsibilities. This book is good, clean fun and would make a delightful “read aloud” for younger boys going through their dinosaur stage.
Jennifer Minicus is a mother and teacher currently living in Ridgewood, NJ.