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Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs (Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs (Just Us Books)) Paperback – December 1, 1994


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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-4-When their basketball court is vandalized, Ziggy and his three friends form the Black Dinosaurs to solve the mystery. Obviously intended to present positive role models and to create African American pride, the 11 short chapters are packed with black heritage. "Tuskeegee" and "Nigeria" become secret passwords, slave history is revealed by old Mr. Greene (who serves as the red herring), Jerome's grandmother furnishes African musical heritage, and Ziggy provides the Jamaican influence. Unfortunately, such grand designs often degenerate into didacticism resulting in characters who are too good to be true. And Mr. Greene, who is brusque with the boys almost to the point of rudeness at their initial encounter in the library, uncharacteristically becomes their great ally and confidant. And this after they frighten him terribly with a fake police raid! A minor flaw (but one that dinosaur experts will catch)-the apatasaurus is twice illustrated as a Tyrannosaurus rex. However, the plot moves quickly, Ziggy's character provides humor, and the situations will appeal to children. Simple vocabulary and large-print text are appropriate for reluctant readers.
Claudia Cooper, Ft. Stockton Independent School District, TX
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author who has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and is a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs (Just Us Books) (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Just Us Books; First Edition edition (December 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940975483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439574648
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,976,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sharon Draper is a two-time Coretta Scott King Award-winning author, most recently for Copper Sun, and previously for Forged by Fire. She's also the recipient of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Author Award for New Talent for Tears of a Tiger and the Coretta Scott King Author Honor for The Battle of Jericho and November Blues. Her other books include Romiette and Julio, Darkness Before Dawn, and Double Dutch. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years. She's a popular conference speaker, addressing educational and literary groups both nationally and internationally.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
I had the pleasure of meeting the author, Ms. Draper, shortly before she was voted Teacher of the Year, and she shared her motivation for writing Ziggy: she wanted something for her African-American son to read that he'd enjoy. Well, he got it in this book. And, my second grade, white, boys and girls LOVE this book. It is a fast-moving mystery about Jamaican Ziggy and his crew of pals, their secret clubhouse, and some bones... The students get a kick out of the "Hey, mons" too! Well worth the 5 bucks. Buy it now!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GrannyX7 on February 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
While this book is great for boys and girls, I think it's especially fun for boys. Ziggy is a cool, funny kid with quirky eating habits. His buddies are equally engaging and personable. Together, they have formed a little club called 'The Black Dinosaurs' and they seem to end up in the middle of mysteries, mysteries they just have to solve. The author has thrown in interesting little tidbits of history so the kids learn while enjoying themselves. In this episode, these city kids end up at an over-night camp, afloat in a canoe (without an oar) and running from.... something.

My little grandson (5-but an excellent reader) is on his third Ziggy book. He really enjoys the fact that they are about boys. It's great to have a series for when he finishes one and wants another of the same. I think would be interesting for kids 4-9.
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By Becky Collett on January 23, 2014
Format: Paperback
The Buried Bones Mystery is a great read for any young adventurer. The plot follows 4 young boys during their summer break from school. You will fall in love with each of the unique personalities of the 4 young boys. The boys become secret detectives when they try to solve the "Buried Bones Mystery". In the beginning, the boys think their summer is ruined when they discover their community basketball court has been vandalized. The boys decide that it is up to them to discover who ruined their ball court; little do they know a greater mystery is about to unfold. The boys build their very own clubhouse and discover buried bones!! The boys work hard throughout the story to solve the mystery; which makes this novel an exciting read for any young boy or girl. Appropriate for students ages 9-12. Also a great book to catch the interest of young boys.
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A Kid's Review on March 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
I love this series of books. My son is 8 and he loves to read. He falls asleep with a book every night. I love that fact that this series has characters that look like him (he has locs) I hope there are more to come.
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