Bob Shea is back with the same energy and humor that marked his earlier offerings, Big Plans and New Socks. This time, he nails the bravado of the young child right on the head.
Nothing can stop Dinosaur, not a pile of leaves, a big slide, a bowl of spaghetti, talking grown-ups or even bath time and tooth brushing. But, when Dinosaur faces bedtime, his energy and confidence are put to the test.
The opening "ROAR! I'M A DINOSAUR!" will pull young listeners into the world of this appealing dinosaur instantly. Short red legs propel it to each new challenge and its spiky, white, oversized teeth seem ready for anything. The new reader will cheer along with the joyful "DINOSAUR WINS!" that follows each new success and will grin with recognition at each roar and chomp. Who hasn't seen a youngster brazenly cheer for himself when overcoming an obstacle? A mixture of collage and cartoon-like illustrations gives the book a bit of a retro feel, which will appeal to the adult reader, especially when the dinosaur dons its blue and white striped pajamas.
Repeating phrases, familiar words and universal situations will make this a book that any child will gravitate to and giggle over. It won't be long until the child is reading right along, maybe even by herself. Children who are just about to learn to read need easy text, engaging illustrations and lots of repetition and this hilarious offering gives healthy doses of each.
Prepare your dinosaur voices and exaggerated roars, because this is a read-aloud that children will ask for over and over. When it comes to Dinosaur vs. the mom or dad reader, Dinosaur wins! o
Robin Smith is a second grade teacher in Nashville. Copyright 2008 BookPage Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
A little red dinosaur takes on the world, from a pile of leaves ("ROAR!") to a plate of spaghetti ("ROAR! CHOMP! CHOMP! ROAR! ROAR!"). The aftermath of each pitched battle is a satisfying "Dinosaur wins!"--until bedtime. Minimal text and backgrounds keep the focus squarely on the familiar events of a preschooler's day and make the book ideal for active readers. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2008 #5
A little red dinosaur takes on the world, from a pile of leaves ("ROAR!") to a big slide ("ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!") to a plate of spaghetti ("ROAR! CHOMP! CHOMP! ROAR! ROAR!"). The aftermath of each pitched battle is a satisfying "Dinosaur wins!" The child's -- er, dinosaur's -- ferocity and determination are evident in its huge mouthful of sharp white teeth and fierce, downward-slashing eyebrows (as well as in the book's bold page design). But -- "now Dinosaur must face his biggest challenge! BEDTIME!" The outcome is predictable, as it should be, and the dinosaur's eventual succumbing is as much fun and provides as much opportunity for audience participation ("snore snore snore") as its earlier victories. Minimal text and backgrounds keep the focus squarely on the familiar activities and events of a preschooler's day and make the book ideal for active readers, whose approach to life will likely mirror this energetic, adorable (sorry, but check out those pajamas) little red dinosaur's. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2008 July #2
With huge exclamations, broad, black crayon lines and vivid splashes of red, Shea portrays a roaring "dinosaur" savagely attacking a pile of leaves, a big slide, a bowl of spaghetti, talking grown-ups (seen only from knees down) and other unsuspecting targets, then swaggering away from each, crowing "DINOSAUR WINS AGAIN!" Bedtime, though, offers a far tougher challenge to the young wild thing--in no time the mighty roars have dialed down to a murmur (rendered typographically in smaller and smaller fonts) and a final "Bedtime wins. Good night, dinosaur." The toothy red dino bounces his way through mixed-media illustrations that combine photocollage (Dinosaur's mouth full of photographic spaghetti is a particular highlight) with a minimalist retro sensibility that puts Dinosaur where he belongs, always at the center of attention. As in his Big Plans! (2008), illustrated by Lane Smith, the author crafts a high-volume attention-grabber that will have audiences roaring along enthusiastically. Fine fare for No, David! fans. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2008 September #2
Shea (New Socks ) makes a hilarious commentator as his hero, a small red dinosaur, elevates everyday encounters into a series of matches worthy of the WWF. "Dinosaur versus... a bowl of spaghetti !" announces Shea and, with a trio of bold typographic roars (and two chomps), the bowl is vanquished. "Dinosaur wins again !" declares Shea, as Dinosaur coolly acknowledges his triumph. Again and again, Dinosaur proves unbeatable--the foes he defeats include a pile of leaves, a big slide and "talking grown-ups"--but the title hints at his Achilles heel. Dinosaur may not resemble anything found in a paleontology textbook, but he's a terrific surrogate. Incorporating paper, paint, photo collage and quick strokes of crayon, Shea's freewheeling compositions convey both a beguiling spontaneity and a preschooler's sense of invincibility. Kids will be only too happy to capitulate to this irresistible package. Ages 2-6. (Sept.)[Page 50]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
PreS-K--No wonder the small but feisty red dinosaur depicted here faces his biggest challenge at bedtime. A supersize text of bold black letters announces: "ROAR! NOTHING CAN STOP ME!" as the youngster takes on everyday things in his world and wins, time and time again. "Dinosaur versus…a BIG SLIDE! ROAR! ROAR! ROAR! DINOSAUR WINS!" Dinosaur leaps and runs off the simple but vivid backgrounds to face his next opponents--"a bowl of spaghetti," "talking grown-ups," and a bath before succumbing to sleep. Illustrations with strong lines and bright colors keep the energy high without being cluttered. The predictable text and lively expressions of this cartoonlike character will appeal to kids who are on the go all day. Just don't expect them to go down quietly as they will be roaring right along with this little hero.--Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY[Page 100]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.