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PreS-Gr 2-This unnecessary retelling of "Three Billy Goats Gruff" features dinosaurs in the starring roles. Three brothers, Stanley, Rufus, and Bob (he's the big one) set out to cross a valley in search of some grub. But at the bottom of the valley stands a ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex who would rather eat them. He lets the first two pass in anticipation of a bigger dinner. Bob, of course, beats off the T. rex and dinner is served for the triceratops family and all the other friendly neighborhood dinos. The formulaic text holds no surprises and is accompanied by chunky-looking pastel dinosaurs against a stubbly pale blue, yellow, and green background. Stanley and Rufus are goofy-looking while big Bob looks like the fierce protector. T. rex is cartoon scary with all those pointy teeth, but nothing that is likely to alarm young readers. With so many other, better versions of the classic story, this one is strictly for kids who can't get enough prehistoric beasties.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In this fractured riff on the Three Billy Goats Gruff, Shaskan introduces the three dinosaurs Tuff: pink Stanley, purple Rufus, and green Bob. Plant lovers all, they seek grub on the other side of the valley, where the lush vegetation abounds. Predictably a meat-eater stands in their way—Tyrannosaurus Rex! With a “Clip, / clomp. / Clip, / clomp,” the three accost the toothy brown giant one by one. Rex says “Scram, squirt” and “Take a hike, half-pint!” to the first two, but Bob finally vanquishes him with a “Hit the road, Rex!” and dinner is served. Bright colors and thick outlines depict simple dinosaur shapes against washes of yellow and blue. Intermittent silhouettes of other familiar dinosaurs tromping up and down the valley are interspersed with Cretaceous flora and volcanic steam on each page. Children who seek authentic-looking dinos may be disappointed, but those who love the illustration style may want to seek out Bob Shea’s Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (2008) and Dinosaur vs. the Potty (2010). Preschool-Kindergarten. --Lolly Gepson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442443979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442443976
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Shaskan grew up in Upstate New York, graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to become a rock star! Since then Stephen has played in four rock bands. He has taught art classes for the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul Academy's Artward Bound program, and Jordan Park School of Extended Learning, a Minneapolis Public School. Stephen now works as a children's book author and illustrator, and as an early childhood educator at the Seward Child Care Center, where his musical talents have brought him rock star status among the children at the center. Whether he is writing and illustrating, or having a sing-a-long with the kids at SCCC, Stephen brings his love of art, music, children and humor to all his work. His debut picture book A Dog is a Dog made it on New York Public Library's Top 100 Books to Read and Share for 2011.

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A very funny re-telling of the Three Billy Goats Gruff with dinos as the main characters. It's herbivores vs. carnivore here, as three triceratops try to get across a valley guarded by a T. rex in order to get to lush vegetation on the other way. I love the dainty Stanley Tuff clip, clomping into the valley fearlessly. The language is great ("Then scram, squirt!" said the T. rex, thinking himself quite lucky."), and the art is kind of hysterical! And then ending, well, maybe not everyone will be a fan of the physical way triceratops got rid of T. rex, but I loved it. When a T. rex is threatening to eat you for dinner, a little tail-whomping is fully justified, in my opinion:>)
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By MinnesotaBookMom on May 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Prepare yourself to clip, clomp your way back in time to root for the clever Tuff brothers. Stephen Shaskan puts a prehistoric spin on an old classic, his words and pictures are sure to delight young dinosaur lovers (and their parents, too)!
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By Ann Del Vecchio on March 26, 2015
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Better than the three Billy goats gruff
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