It’s Felicia! Today’s review is of Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems.
I love Mo Willems and I feel as though no children’s library is complete without his complete Pigeon stories or his Elephant and Piggie chronicles.
When I discovered Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct after reading every single one of his before mentioned books, I had to add it to our library. Listening to both my girls chuckle at his books is one of my very favorite sounds in the world.
In this story book, Mo Willems introduces a new character named Edwina, a do-gooder dinosaur that runs around the town making cookies for everyone and performing good deeds while Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie (have you ever heard of a more perfect villain’s name) tries to convince the entire town with school reports, pamphlets, lectures, protests and marches that dinosaurs are extinct! Edwina shouldn’t really exist!
No one wants to listen to what Reginald has to say! Everyone loves Edwina and it is easy to see why! She is helpful, kind and thoughtful!
When Reginald is tired of being ignored, she is the only one who will listen to him present his convincing facts on charts that dinosaurs are in fact “totally extinct”! Edwina is shocked and also convinced that dinosaurs are “totally extinct” but decides that she does not care in the slightest and runs off as happy as can be to make her delicious and famous chocolate chip cookies.
Reginald comes to the conclusion that he does not care that Edwina is not extinct, even though she is a dinosaur and joins her in time to devour a few of her delicious cookies! You know what they say, “If you can’t beat them, join them!”
This story is wonderful because it teaches acceptance and understanding with enough subtle adult humor that will keep you up at bedtime as you read this story to your kids. It is also a story that you can reread weekly without doing your head in.