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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 130L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423113357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423113355
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. 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.)
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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-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
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www.bobshea.com

You know that PBS Kids spot where the pig runs around and eats things that begin with the letter "p"? Bob made that! He made a bunch of other animations for PBS Kids and helped them develop a national literacy campaign.

He has met Al Roker and Fonzie.

His stories, artwork and characters have also appeared on Nick Jr. and Noggin. He was even on Noggin, reading one of his books to Ryan, his little boy.

Bob likes to speak in the third person.

Bob has written several children's books, including New Socks, Big Plans, which was illustrated by Lane Smith, Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, Race You To Bed, and Oh Daddy.

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime was one of Amazon's Top 10 Picture Books of the year, and a Horn Book Magazine best of 2008.

He lives in Connecticut with his wife Colleen and his son, Ryan. He and Colleen own Perfectly Nice, a graphic design studio.

Bob enjoys cake.

Customer Reviews

Cute, fun, creative book.
J. A. James
It's become one of his favorites and my husband and I love reading it to him.
Amazon Customer
This book is so much fun to read!
jpot

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Lane Smith on October 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The last reviewer, K. Cutler, describes Mr. Shea's illustrations as "monotone" and "unlike the vivid clever artwork by Lane Smith." Thanks for the compliment K but I must respectfully disagree. Not about my artwork. You nailed it buddy. No, I'm talking about Bob's art. Bob, a highly regarded and sought after art director and illustrator knows that these two totally different books require two totally different approaches. "Big Plans," an epic story, needs illustrations with epic scope (football stadiums! Mountain ranges! Outer space!) while "Dinosaur vs. Bedtime" requires precise, minimal art to support its delightfully simple recurring gag... without killing it.

Like a lot of my peers, I am green with envy for this book. I love the subtle textures, drybrush line, shapes, patterns and color. If UPA were still making cartoon shorts, they would no doubt recruit Dinosaur as their next big star.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Sloan on December 1, 2008
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This book was showcased on Noggin (with a reading at bedtime) long before it was published. So we already knew the story by heart, but my 3-year-old daughter was still very excited to get the actual book. It's one of our new "standards" and some nights, she even sleeps with it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jpot on September 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is so much fun to read!

It's funny, great to look at, and a real help in getting kids off to bed.
Thank you Bob Shea!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Haugh TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 18, 2008
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I actually saw this book being read on TV and I thought it was cute so I decided to purchase it for my daughter. It tells the story of a dinosaur who can defeat everything--leaves, slides, spaghetti, grown-ups, toothbrushing--but cannot defeat bedtime. It's written in short, cute language and has simple, clever illustrations. It's easily digestible reading for a small child and is exciting to boot.

I enjoy reading it but, more importantly, my daughter loves it. In short order, this has become her favorite book and she asks for it every day--"dinosaur, dinosaur, please." This is certainly the best reaction I've gotten out of the many books I've bought for her. Is there a higher recommendation?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Monique Russell on September 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out of the public library, thinking it would be a good book to read to my prekindergarteners before nap time. Um, no. This book is way too stimulating and exciting to read right before bed time or nap time, if it is read with any feeling at all. This is more of a subversive book written from a kid's point of view. ROAR! That said, it's an awesome book, and I'm looking for another reason to read it in class. If you are looking for a fun, expressive book to read or act out with your child, this is an excellent one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My son (just turned 6) got this for a bithday present and loved it - perfect for his age and reading ability
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As a special education preschool teacher, I am always looking for books which engage children who have varying skill levels--from non-verbal to "won't stop talking"--and this book is great. Many children can roar and love to roar along with the dinosaur and the children who can't will often at least smile and laugh. The children can identify the items in the book and then can answer questions about what the dinosaur will do with the item either through language or actions (eating, jumping, etc.). You can ask for predictions--"Dinosaur vs. bedtime: who will win?" Then you can "write" about the book. With crayons, the children can often draw a circle for the dinosaur's face and a jagged line for his teeth and the adult can help write a caption for the picture.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monique Russell on September 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out of the public library, thinking it would be a good book to read to my prekindergarteners before nap time. Um, no. This book is way too stimulating and exciting to read right before bed time or nap time, if it is read with any feeling at all. This is more of a subversive book written from a kid's point of view. ROAR! That said, it's an awesome book, and I'm looking for another reason to read it in class. If you are looking for a fun, expressive book to read or act out with your child, this is an excellent one.
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