From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K–Rhyming couplets describe a typical summer day in the life of a young dinosaur. The text, which is reminiscent of the classic action rhyme Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, guides the reptilian protagonist as he wakes up, eats breakfast, brushes his many teeth, gets dressed, plays outside all day, eats dinner, has a bath, and goes to bed. The rhymes are pedestrian and occasionally forced, but the gouache-and-colored-pencil illustrations almost save the book. Cartoonlike and cheerful, they feature plenty of details for young dinosaur lovers to point out, such as the trilobite farm under the bed. Despite the fun art, however, this book pales in comparison to Jane Yolens How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
(Scholastic, 2000). Purchase only if your young dinosaur fans are roaring for more.–Rachael Vilmar, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, GA
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PreS-Gr. 2. "Dinosaur, dinosaur, / run outside and play. / Busy-whizzy dinosaur, / all the livelong day!" Bouncy rhyme describes a dinosaur kid as he wakes, dresses, and plays outdoors with dinosaur friends, which he does with gusto, whether he's jumping rope or playing soccer. Kirk's gouache and colored pencil illustrations animate the rhymes and add clever details: Dino Puffs cereal, The Dinosaur Times
newspaper, a fanged housecat, mastodon plush toy, and more. Far from being fierce or scary, these fun-loving dinosaur kids are decked out in sneakers, jeans, shirts, and ball caps, adding to their appeal. In addition to relating to the pictures, little listeners will quickly pick up the rhyming phrases, which have the syncopated beat of jump-rope rhymes. Julie CumminsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved