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Dinotrux Hardcover – June 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 310L (What's this?)
  • Series: Dinotrux
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316027774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316027779
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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* "Comically overheated narration... fire-roasted settings and hilariously imagined creatures..."— Publishers Weekly, starred review


* "This title will be hard to keep on the shelves."— School Library Journal, starred review


* "Dinotrux ruled their world, now they're likely to rule this one too. Bellow on!"— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the Author

Chris Gall is the award-winning author and illustrator of Revenge of the Dinotrux, Substitute Creacher, Dear Fish, There's Nothing to Do on Mars, and Dinotrux, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2009. His books have received numerous starred reviews and awards including a Borders Original Voices Book for 2006 for Dear Fish and a Kirkus Best Children's Book for 2008 for There's Nothing to Do on Mars. Chris has won a multitude of awards from organizations like the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts Magazine, and is also the illustrator of America the Beautiful, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2004. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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Chris Gall has been drawing pictures and writing stories for as long as he can remember. When he was caught drawing pictures on his desk in second grade, his teacher made him clean all the desks in the classroom. She suggested that he might be an artist someday. He won a Read Magazine Young Writer's Award in 7th grade, and that inspired him to write stories to go with his art. His artwork has been seen in almost every publication in America, including Time, Newsweek, People, Fortune, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. His first book, "America the Beautiful", was a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2004. "There's Nothing To Do On Mars" was a 2008 Kirkus Best Children's Book, and "Dinotrux" was a 2009 Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Book.

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My 4 and 2 year old sons love this book.
sdm nyc mom
I recommend this to to anyone with a little boy who loves trucks or dinosaurs.
Mary
He knows all the "species" of Dinotrux and wants to read it every night.
Morsel

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Greg J. Lovern on August 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Chris Gall. I think his previous book, There's Nothing To Do On Mars, is probably among the best children's books ever written. The one before that, Dear Fish, is excellent too. And his first book, America the Beautiful, has very nice illustrations.

After that progression from good to great to phenomenal, I have been eagerly waiting for this next book. But after reading it several times over a few weeks, I'm disappointed.

It's a good book, and my kids do enjoy it. Some of the illustrations are fun. But it just doesn't approach the levels of his previous two books. Here's what I found disappointing:

1) The illustrations. I love the illustrations in all of his previous books. I can look at them over and over, and scrutinize the details, and I never get tired of it. My kids never get tired of them either. But the illustrations in this book just don't grab me much. A few of them are interesting, but none are as interesting as his previous work.

2) The story. Yes it's an interesting concept. But it's not fleshed out very well. And it just doesn't work that well, at least for kids the age of mine (5 and 3). I have to explain over and over, and it never seems to really interest them. Their reaction is more like they find it weird and strange -- and a little boring -- than really interesting and fun. Again, these are kids that LOVE this author's previous books. They also love dinosaurs, and like trucks.

Once it's time to return it to the library, I have no plans to buy it, and I'm pretty sure my kids won't ask for it. So his previous two books, which we do own, will get read many more times while we wait for his next book after this one.

I'm all in favor of an artist exploring new ground.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane A. Stones on August 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This has been the nonstop nightly read for my son and his older sister since we picked it up last month. Cute story, wonderful illustrations, hilarious names for the dinotrux. We often go back to look at one page and talk about the trucks on that page. Volcanoes, lava, cavemen, flattened snakes, bodily fluids, trucks, dinosaurs. . .Heaven for a 3 year old boy!

INSTANT CLASSIC!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Once in a while a picture book author will mix dinosaurs in with another popular genre. The logic behind this is clear. If dinos sell and trains sell, why not write something like All Aboard the Dinotrain? As a result, dinosaurs have been mixed together with everything from bedtime stories (How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?) to ballet (T. Rex at Swan Lake). One mixed-pair that hasn't really happened before, as far as I know, is trucks and dinosaurs. I can just see various authors pondering the possibilities. Would the dinosaurs drive the trucks? Would the trucks be designed with different dinosaurs painted onto them? But where's the story? I mean the only way dinosaurs could really be combined with trucks would be if they were . . . were . . . were actually physically COMBINED with them! Trust author/illustrator Chris Gall to make that final leap in logic. His Dinotrux strikes a slightly younger chord than his previous picture book outings (Dear Fish and There's Nothing to Do on Mars), but kids and parents of all ages will take pleasure in the sheer amount of thought and creativity the man had to work up to come up with names like Dumploducus or Rollodon.

They were here long ago. When the world was a vast wild place, dinotrux ruled.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Morsel on January 8, 2010
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My 2 year old son is addicted to this book. He knows all the "species" of Dinotrux and wants to read it every night. It is extremely clever and even makes adults smile. My 5 year old daughter likes it too!
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Format: Paperback
Most children; not all mind you, but most certainly the vast majority that fall into the targeted age group for this book love dinosaurs and they love trucks...large earth moving machinery. Chris Gall has combined the two in another offering from the sort of wacky world he lives in. Mr. Gall knows children. You couple this with the "transformer phenomena" that has been taking place over the past several years and you have a book that has an almost instant appeal to the young reader...if not the young reader's parents...in some cases. I say this from a personal angle...I am not overly fond of heavy equipment of any sort but kids love it and this is the sort of book that is simply for the kids...they are the important ones here.

This is a story pulled from prehistoric times when the DinoTrux ruled the world! We meet such critters as the Craneosaurus, Dozeratops, Duploducus, Garbageadon, Digasaurus and many, many others. I was unable to find a piece of heavy equipment that the author and artist (one in the same) had not turned into a living creature with dinosaur and heavy equipment features...all rather ingeniously done.

The author has created a world filled with these raging beasts and inhabited with it with stereotypical "cavemen," (Think Barney Rubble and his family), and "regular critters," all being rather fearful of the giant DinoTrux! The dialog is rather comical, exciting and filled with cracks, munches, crashes and crunches. We have creatures that sort of make "messes" such as the Cementosaurus who "eliminates" a rather stinky sludge and a Backtopadon who hikes his back leg and well....you get the picture. Kids love this sort of think.

Ah, but one day a large light appears and terrible storms begin...the age of the Dinotrux has come to an end.
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