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Bang! Boom! Roar! A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs Hardcover – August 21, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 390L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060879602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060879600
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-This picture book combines favorite topics of the preschool set (trucks, dinosaurs) with ABCs, alliteration, a graphic collage of action-packed images, winning cartoon faces, humor, and an assortment of searchable items. Following endpapers that introduce 24 dinosaur friends (meat eaters noted with a steak icon and vegetarians with a banana), the text launches into rhyming couplets in an alphabetic pattern; the dinosaurs are building a masterpiece of construction. Oh, they're loud and boisterous, but dedicated to their task. The tale may be a bit contrived, yet readers will be looking at the frenetic display of detailed images on each spread. While the "experts use their elbow grease to engineer a masterpiece," children are invited to find specific items-4 cups of coffee, 43 ripe bananas, an unwrapped red lollipop-or review dinosaurs on a "high-wire hustle," all a part of the romp that results in a finished playground. The clutter here is sometimes overwhelming, but an amazing wealth of detail will keep readers occupied for hours. From a surprised, helmeted compsognathus chomping on his sandwich to 15 favorite construction tools on the final pages, this is a combination of visual entertainment and text with a multitude of uses in most libraries.-Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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There is a lot of crossover between dinosaur fans and dump truck fans, and this book ought to please the whole mess. Twenty-three different kinds of dinosaurs (identified in the opening endpapers) operate 15 different pieces of equipment (identified in the closing endpapers) at a busy construction site. T. rex, naturally, is the foreman, his belly encircled with a tool belt, overseeing a bunch of hardhatted, safety-vested dinos. This rhyming book is an alphabet book, too, though rather softly so—each page’s stanza is rife with the proper sequential letter: “Digging, driving, drilling, filling. / Dinos tough and rough and willing. / Dump trucks dumping left, then right. / This dino might use dynamite!” Santoro’s collages of cartoon illustrations and photo elements are gleefully calamitous, adding to the jackhammer noise level. There’s also, you know, a message about having pride in hard work. Laser-focused at a hungry, and sure-to-be-pleased, demographic. Preschool-Grade 2. --Connie Fletcher

More About the Author

Nate Evans has illustrated over 35 kids' books, and written a few more. The latest of these is "Bang! Boom! Roar! A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs." Nate also co-authored several picture books with Laura Numeroff including "Ponyella," and the "Jellybeans" book series. "Ponyella" and two of the "Jellybeans" books appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list. Visit www.nateevans.com

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And now we've been reading the book multiple times a day.
nummaria17
It's well-thought out vocabulary, rhyming patterns and detailed pictures make this book loads of fun for kids and adults alike.
JoAnn, CCC-SLP & Mom
If your kid loves construction trucks and dinosaurs, then buy this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Callen on September 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a truly fun ABC book! It's full of so much energy, both in the words and the illustrations. The fairly simple cover is a little deceiving because the inside pages are packed with many construction vehicles and a multitude of dinosaurs. Highly recommended. Fun fun fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nummaria17 on November 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I took my 2-year-old son to the library, and he declared he wanted a book about trucks. We looked and looked, which is not easy to do with a 2-year-old who kept wanting to break into a run at random moments. Then we found this book, and there was a truck on the cover. There were also dinosaurs, which was great because my son loves dinosaurs too. We had a winner! Then it was off to the checkout desk. And now we've been reading the book multiple times a day. "One more time," he'll say when we finish. I think the illustrations captivate him, as there's so much to look at, and it's a beautifully done book. I don't know how well he understands the words, but the rhythm and word play of the rhymes are fun to hear. I love reading this book to my boy. What an amazing treasure we found at the library, and this is one I'll be buying so we can keep reading it over and over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Alia on October 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My son brought this book home from his school library today- and was so excited he opened it up as soon as he got in the door. I sat down with him and was just as enchanted as he was. Fantastically fun illustrations that look 3-D, and creative rhymes all set to the alphabet. This book is just fun, fun, fun. I plan on ordering this for both of my nephews, as I know they will love it too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By akula34 on September 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
TL;DR - I've read this book four times today... don't think, just buy it if you've got young kids (especially boys).

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This is a favorite book in our house! Our 2 year old son cannot get enough of it. Anytime he sees it he wants to read it. The illustrations are wonderfully detailed. The kids could spend five minutes per page on the detailed illustrations.

He loves the inside cover which tells what dinosaurs are herbivores or carnivores and the back inside cover has all of the construction equipment & trucks from the book. I highly recommend this book for anyone with kids between the ages of 2-5!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By karen on July 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My grandson is obsessed with construction vehicles. This intricately illustrated book combines loads of pictures of such vehicles with all types of dinosaurs. Like a Richard Scary book the more children look at each page the more they discover. With so much going on it's easy to forget it's also an alphabet book. I bet my grandson will never tire of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Hiland on May 18, 2014
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My son is 3 and one of the oldest in his playgroup. He liked this book so much, and it's got so many clever hidden things to find, that I've purchased several and it's my default birthday present to all of his playgroup friends (girls too!). We originally found this at our local library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DrakeM on January 22, 2014
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We accepted this book as a gift for our child and he loves it. He loved it when he was less than 2 and still loves it at nearly 4, although thankfully we no longer have to read it multiple times a day to him. It has been a gift we've given 2 or three times to friends with similar aged kids who all feel similarly to our family.

The alpha pages are great for learning and the item finds are great. The story is entertaining to adults and kids, even after the 1000th time - trust me, i know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mommy2008TX on October 25, 2013
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The book goes through the ABC's, so the first page is words that start with A and the second page is B, etc. It goes through the construction site as the dinosaurs build their project. At the end, they've built an amusement park. Each page has a few short lines that rhymn. My kids are 2 and 4 and really enjoyed the pictures and the story. They also really enjoyed the the first page which shows the dinosaurs and notates which ones were herbivores or carnivores. The last page has pictures of the construction equipment. We enjoyed it so much that I bought this as a gift. Great addition to our library.
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