The Mystery of the Stolen Dinosaur Bones created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens are traveling, again, to a place where real live, well not live, dinosaur bones are dug up all the time. Grandfather has business to attend to, of course, so the Aldens are generally left to explore on their own. They start learning about dinosaur digs. There are quite a few in the area, some are even secret.
Stuff starts going missing and a large bird is thrown into the whole mess. The bird isn’t a dinosaur, but it sure looks weird.
What I liked
Having a pet ostrich could be kind of cool, I guess.
What I didn’t like
Again, this isn’t one of those Boxcar Children books that I really liked. I mean, I like dinosaur bones ok and I’m sure competing paleontologists do steal things from each other, or it’s happened before, rather. I don’t think it’s common practice for paleontologists to go around being thieving jerks, but I could be wrong, as I am not a paleontologist. I’m just not into this one. I’m sorry someone stole your dinosaur bones and snuck into your cave, but it’s kind of boring. Now, if we had been talking about a real-live dinosaur–yes, I would read that. If someone discovered a real life dinosaur, like a stegosaurus, alive in the jungle and people started stealing it from each other because it was such a big deal, I think it would be a really interesting story. Like how does one even steal a dinosaur in a remotely stealthy manner? The book could follow the stegosaurus on each step of the journey, probably culminating in the death of the dinosaur because no zoo keepers are experts in taking care of dinosaurs, no matter how many turtles and crocodiles they’ve befriended, and the dinosaur might not flourish in an alternative environment. So, it’s a tear jerker, people, get your tissues out. We’ll get Nicholas Sparks to write it, or Stephen King, in this case, the dinosaur would secretly be an alien.
Which dinosaur would you pick if you could have a dinosaur as a pet?
What would you do if someone stole your dinosaur bones?