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PreSchool-K-A wordless picture book that takes readers on a wild adventure of the imagination. A boy and his toy dinosaur are in the tub when a larger dinosaur appears, and then another, and as the beasts loom larger, the boy and his surroundings become smaller. The culmination is a three-page spread revealing a full-color herd of dinosaurs racing across the page, and if children look very closely, they'll see a tiny boy in his tub. Then, magically, the oversized creatures disappear, and all that are left are the boy and his bath toy and his mother, who appears with a towel. This imaginative story with wonderful endpapers naming the creatures should appeal to all young dinosaur lovers. S's's barely fleshed-out, cookie-cutter cartoons tell the story. He masterfully plays with white space and perspective, conveys action, and captures a full range of emotions with the absolute minimum of line and detail. As in Fire Trucks (1998) and Trucks, Trucks, Trucks (1999, both Greenwillow), the author's bold artwork and simple plot are right on the mark for this audience.
JoAnn Jonas, Carlsbad City Library, San Diego, CA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As in last year's Trucks Trucks Trucks, Sis once again paints everyday adventures that are turned fantastic by a boy's imagination. In simple line drawings, the wordless story begins when a boy hops into the tub with his toy dinosaur. An ominous, blue snout slowly emerges from the bath water and mayhem breaks loose--one dinosaur turns into two, three, and more; the bathtub melts into a prehistoric pond; and the boy is suddenly in an ancient desert, with a crowd of beautifully detailed dinos thundering across a foldout spread. Detail gives way to line drawing again, and the boy stands happily in the tub, the last dino tail nearly off the left page, as an anxious mother runs with a towel to the scene. As in his earlier titles, Sis shows a pitch-perfect understanding of the blur between the real and the imagined in children's play. Endpapers printed with a guide to dinosaur species will entertain fans. Gillian Engberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Board book: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Brdbk edition (June 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060759674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060759674
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deanna on August 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This wordless picturebook is just right for sharing with a young dinosaur fan. It begins as a small boy heads to the tub with his toy dinosaur. Soon, "real" dinosaurs begin to creep into the pictures until they eventually spread across the pages and take over the bathroom. Only when mother comes running with a towel does the last dinosaur tail slip off the page. This is a fun book that blurs the lines between a child's imagination and reality.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As in the three previous Matt adventures by Peter Sis, gouache paints draw out a young boy's imagination. At the same time, plain white background pages in each book anchor the child in such daily activities as playing, spacing out on the sofa while his mother vacuums, putting away his toys, and this time bathing. Again, one color is highlighted: red in FIRE TRUCK, blue in SHIP AHOY!, orange in TRUCKS TRUCKS TRUCKS, and now green in DINOSAUR.
The author/illustrator takes the hallmark sparse text of FIRE TRUCK and TRUCKS TRUCKS TRUCKS one step further. Thus, DINOSAUR, like SHIP AHOY!, is wordless. Typically, each story holds its own just by the pen and ink and watercolor art. Also, when imagination has worked itself up to its wildest, there is the characteristic reality check reeling in of Matt by his mother: by making pancakes, reading a story, taking a walk, and here providing a bedtime towel rescue from the water-splashed battle in the bathroom.
My mother quickly distinguished birds and butterflies in flight because her parents not only showed her the classic stationary poses in books but also went out on their land at the edge of her small hometown to practice identifying the abundant nature in flight and in motion. Sis likewise decorates the inside pages of the front and back covers with immobile dinosaurs and then depicts them in motion across the Matt quartet's hallmark gate-fold illustration spreading to three pages. The dinosaurs get bigger and interact more forcibly until they all trample across a desert which was probably a jungle before the Jurassic jaws and paws chomped and clomped through it.
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Format: Hardcover
The suggested reading level is 4-8 for this, but older kids will be bored by its simplicity, boring illustrations, and lack of words.

But if you mistakenly buy it for a younger group, they'll never take a bath again after seeing the huge, terrifying, aggressive dinosaurs that come out of the bathtub.

Unlike his book "Fire Truck" (a book which has equally dull illustrations but at least does have some merit through a counting exercise), it's less clear that the dinosaurs are a figment of the boy's imagination in this book than when the boy in the other book mutates into a fire truck. And while I like picture books that tell a story with their illustrations, there's really no story here except a boy in a tub crowded out by prehistoric beasts.

There are some great dinosaur books out there for kids who love them -- and this just isn't one of them.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Fidele au style des autres aventures de Matt, l'auteur-artiste Peter Sis raconte la 3eme histoire de la serie, par des aquarelles et des dessins a la plume. En plus il se sert de la gouache lorsqu'il raconte des incidents imaginaires du petit garcon. Car il s'agit des responses aux meme questions de toute la serie. Laquelle des sept couleurs spectrales va-t-on voir dans tout le livre? Apres le rouge, le bleu et l'orange des autres aventures, voila le vert! Et comment les petits garcons passent-ils le temps? Ils menent la vie de tous les jours et s'en echappent aux instants precieux de l'imagination.
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