Edwina The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems
"I'm extinct!" Is the phrase we heard all week after checking this one out at the library.
After falling in love with Knuffle Bunny a few months ago, we had to explore some other Mo Willems books. This one lived up to our high expectations.
When we first read it, I thought maybe it was a little over a two-year old's head (mostly because it involves kids in a school, the know-it-all kid stereotype, and the word "extinct"--all things Juliet hasn't really experienced or interacted with yet, but it didn't seem to matter.) Juliet requested it over and over again.
Edwina is the friendly neighborhood dinosaur who bakes chocolate chip cookies for everyone and is loved by all. (Who wouldn't love a cookie-baking dinosaur?)
Everyone loves her except for the know-it-all kid Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie (how's that for a great name?). One day he decides to prove that dinosaurs are extinct.
No one will listen to him because they love Edwina so much (and her cookies). He tries and tries to get people to hear his well-thought out, reasonable arguments, but to no avail. Finally, he finds a listening ear: Edwina's.
She listens, and listens, and in the end is won over by his convincing argument. There is no doubt in her mind: she is extinct!
But, although she realizes this fact, she simply does not care. And at this point, Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie doesn't care either.
The book ends with Reginald and Edwina enjoying some of her homemade cookies together. Juliet always points to the cookies and says, "Look! Cookies!"
I think she wishes we had a neighborhood dinosaur around these parts. Maybe she would get cookies a little more often...