Nothing like an ice storm to sit me down and get me reading picture books for the Picture Book 14:14 Challenge! Although Mo Willems is best known for his ‘Pigeon’ and ‘Elephant and Piggie’ series, today I’m going to share one of my favorites of his that tends to fly a bit under the radar.
Title: Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct
Author/Illustrator: Mo Willems
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children, 2006
By the end of the title, it’s already clear that the book is bursting with lovable character. Her name is Edwina? And she doesn’t know she’s extinct? How precious!
The dino becomes more endearing yet as she carries old ladies across the street and bakes chocolate chip cookies for everyone in town. But she’s not the only star character of the story. Let’s not forget Reginald Von Hoobie Doobie.
The class know-it-all becomes increasingly irritated when no one will listen to him explain that dinosaurs are extinct. We all know what it feels like to be outshined and unheard, and I certainly sympathized with poor Reginald as everyone brushed off his pickets and reports.
The best characters always have some relatable flaws, like Reginald’s need to be right or Edwina naivety, but they also find ways to adapt and shine in spite of those flaws.
Although it took no more than their names for me to fall in love with Edwina and Reginald Von Hoobie Doobie, they’ll certainly win you over when they sweetly balance out each other’s flaws at the end of the book.