From School Library Journal
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.
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