By Michele Landsberg
Updated August 17, 1990 at 04:00 AM EDT

Everyone loves a shaggy-dinosaur story, and who better to tell it than a cartoonist celebrated for his witty line and comical action?

In Dinah’s Egg, Dinah is a dinosaur whose egg is dislodged from her nest during a monster thunderstorm. Lorenz, a New Yorker cartoonist, makes the most of the egg’s misadventures as it rolls off a cliff, lands in a dead tree, escapes the jaws of a hungry snake when the branch breaks, sproings to the far side of the canyon, plummets toward the jaws of a crocodile, is snatched in midair by a swooping vulture…

On and on the egg bounces, escaping one hair-raising danger after another, until it lands softly back in Dinah’s nest, cracks open, and releases a fuzzy little creature that gladly cries, ”Mama!”

Lorenz keeps the breathless action going with brilliantly paced escapes and climaxes. It’s like a prehistoric Perils of Pauline — only better, because this cliff-hanger is drawn by a master of motion. And there’s something so insouciant about that perpetual-motion egg: Despite all the narrow squeaks, you never doubt that this hilarious escapade will come to a happy end. A