While many people know Mo Willems for his infamous Pigeon chronicles, readers will love this dinosaur book for children. Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct is a book about just that, a dinosaur who has no idea that she is extinct. Frankly, Edwina doesn’t care that she is extinct.
This large, kind reptile is known all throughout the town for her random acts of kindness and her amazing chocolate chip cookies—a favorite all through the town. Although people all across town love this gentle giant, but everybody has their naysayers, and Edwina is no different. Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie, the logical guy in town, sets out to prove to the town that dinosaurs are extinct—all of them. This is where the title, Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct comes from.
In the end, Edwina does realize that she should be extinct, and Reginald realizes that there is nothing wrong with that—and sits nibbling at her world famous chocolate chip cookies.
The pictures are one of the best things about this amazing little book. Edwina herself has a lot of character, dressed in a straw hat and matching handbag. Her claws are painted asnails, and her outfit is finished with a ribbon hat and a strand of pearls around her dinosaur neck.
Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct is unlike the other dinosaur childrens books on the market today. Edwina isn’t roaming the earth or scaring little ones—just passing out a little love to her friends, one cookie at a time.