Carrick created Patrick's Dinosaurs and its sequel with her late husband, illustrator Donald Carrick. While those books featured realistic-looking dinosaurs in impossible settings, Milgrim (Dog Brain; Cows Can't Fly) doodles these dinos--they are as whimsical as their surroundings. Patrick's musing at the close of What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs?--that the prehistoric animals ""built a big spaceship and left""--proves to be true, as he discovers during a chat with an extraterrestrial dinosaur via an Internet link. His brother, Hank, nods off to sleep, but Patrick is mesmerized by his starry screensaver. Suddenly, ""the freckled face of a dinosaur"" appears on the screen. The roly-poly dino wears a pair of purple wraparound sunglasses. ""I'll be there soon,"" he says and promptly arrives at the window in a spaceship. He introduces himself as Flato (""It rhymes with Play-Doh"") and whisks Patrick off to a planet with a welcoming committee of dinosaurs. Patrick romps among the herbivores before returning home. Patrick's latest adventure is purely entertaining fare. Young technophiles won't learn a thing about real dinos, software or outer space, but they will be entertained. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/20/1999 Release date: 09/01/1999 Genre: Children's
During the Covid-19 crisis, Publishers Weekly is providing free digital access to our magazine, archive, and website. To receive the access to the latest issue delivered to your inbox free each week, enter your email below.