Author: Fletcher, Tom
Ten-year-old William loves dinosaurs and when Santa delivers a real one, the two set out on a wild Christmas adventure, while the Hunter pursues them.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.80
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 198173
Kirkus Reviews (-) (08/01/18)
School Library Journal (10/01/18)
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School Library Journal - 10/01/2018 Gr 4–6—Meet William Trundle, a 10-year-old boy who loves dinosaurs, Christmas and his father. William begins his story a happy-go-lucky boy who uses a wheelchair, has lots of friends, and believes in Santa. But the school bully, Brenda Payne, torments William so that he becomes unhappy, friendless, and worried that he is a burden to his father. After a particularly bad day at school, William's father explains the power of belief and reminds William to write his letter to Santa, suggesting he ask for something that would make William happy. Nothing would make William happier than a dinosaur but in no way does he imagine that Santa would bring him a real one. So, when a mix up in the North Pole lands Christmasaurus in William's home on Christmas Eve, the face-to-face encounter is startling to them both but an instant friendship is formed. An adventure begins with the two trying to get Christmasaurus home to the North Pole and Santa; on the way they make an unlikely friend and realize that believing in something is powerful. They are also being chased by the dastardly and evil Hunter, a renown marksmen who only hunts the most unique and rare creatures in the world. Black-and-white illustrations throughout. VERDICT The book starts slow; between the backstory of the Christmasaurus and the rhyming, singing elves, it takes a while to become invested in William's story; but in the end, it is a satisfying feel-good Christmas caper.—Lisa Nabel, Kitsap Regional Library, WA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 12/01/2018 The new girl, Brenda, unrelentingly teases William about his wheelchair, something he has never felt self-conscious about. So all William wants for Christmas is a dinosaur. Little does he know, a few years ago Santa's elves found a strange egg which hatched the one-of-a-kind Christmasaurus! Imagine Will's surprise when he discovers a real-life dino in his room on Christmas Eve! In Will's nighttime quest to discover what kind of dino his new best friend is, the duo encounter a mysterious hunter who pursues only the rarest of rare creatures. With the help of Santa, Brenda, and William's dad, William and the Christmasaurus discover the true magic and meaning of the holidays. Fletcher's story runs a bit longer than necessary and overuses gibberish words, which could annoy some readers, but the story's strength lies in the adorable dino and William's mature acceptance of who he is as a disabled person, which does not hinder his adventures one bit. Overall, a sweet holiday story that would work well as a family read-aloud. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.