I'm Sure I Saw a Dinosaur

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

“One foggy, groggy morning
by the salty, splashy sea,
I’m sure I saw a dinosaur
and I’m sure that he saw me.”

A dinosaur is coming ashore! Tell everyone you know! Gather at the beach to see the dinosaur appear!

But there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Is there really a dinosaur lurking by the seashore? Or is something funny going on?

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Publisher Andersen Press USA
Imprint Andersen Press USA
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV002060, JUV006000, JUV057000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 580
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 2.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 144561
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2012


The Horn Book Guide

“Willis’s rhymes are airtight, and Reynolds’s cloudy illustrations set an appropriately foggy cold-weather scene.” —The Horn Book Guide

Library Media Connection

“The rhyming text and brightly colored full-spread illustrations are definite attention grabbers and make for an entertaining read-aloud.” —Library Media Connection

Publishers Weekly

“The damp English chill is almost palpable in Reynolds’s outdoor scenes, as is the nearly unstoppable momentum of a crowd’s folly…. As Willis and Reynolds proved in Who’s in the Bathroom? (2007), a little transgressive humor never did anyone any harm.” —Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Sharp-eyed viewers can join the search, as nearly every one of Reynolds’ full-spread, comical cartoon scenes features an unobtrusive glimpse of a green tail or part of a humped back with jagged ridges.” —Kirkus Reviews

The Daily Mail

“The perfect pairing of Willis and Reynolds created the glorious Who’s In The Loo? and this tale with a twist is just as enjoyable. A little boy spies a dinosaur on the wintry beach and a succession of mystified adults and children come from further and further away to witness the sight. But is the little boy telling the truth—or does he have another agenda? Reynolds’s vast variety of open-mouthed characters leaps from the page as Willis’s verse speeds up the action. A lovely story to read aloud.” —The Daily Mail

Author: Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis was born in St. Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She is now a full-time writer. She lives in North London with her husband and two children.

Illustrator: Adrian Reynolds

Adrian Reynolds was born in South Wales. After studying at Swansea College of Art and Cambridgeshire College of Art and Technology, Adrian worked at Heffers Children's Book Shop before beginning to write and illustrate his own picture books.