- Age Range: 3 - 6 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 1
- Lexile Measure: 470 (What's this?)
- Series: Ally-saurus
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Sterling Children's Books (August 8, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1454921234
- ISBN-13: 978-1454921233
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ally-saurus & the Very Bossy Monster Hardcover – August 8, 2017
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*“Torrey nicely tackles lots of first-day issues in this imaginative offering . . . and he does so with aplomb. Pastel backgrounds make the multiethnic figures stand out, especially their brightly colored imagined costumes. Ally is an empathetic guide for young children facing their own first days, no matter what or who they imagine themselves to be.” —Kirkus Reviews (STARRED)
“The children’s make-believe accouterments create a fun visual effect, delivering bright pops of color against Torrey’s b&w pencil drawings while simultaneously demonstrating the way children’s passions loom large in their lives.” —Publishers Weekly (STARRED)
“Ally is an ebullient heroine, and her enthusiasm is infectious. Torrey’s true-to-life story is matched by his pencil, watercolor, and digital media that catch all the fun (e.g., crayon marks denote Ally’s make-believe dino spikes). The oversize format and right-on message make this a good story hour choice.” —Booklist
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We all have known a few bossy kids and know how frustrating it is for all when such a kid is near and trying to boss their friends around. That’s what Ally, or as she likes to be called “Ally-saurus” and her friend’s Kai & his younger brother Petey experiences when their new neighbour, Maddie, moves in. Before Maddie, Ally and her friends played imaginary games together beautifully. All of them would have so much fun playing their favorite role—Ally loves playing a Dinosaur that roarrrs, Kai loves to dance & perform, and little Petey adores his yellow teddy bear and shouts Bear!!!
But ever since Maddie moved in, everything changed. Maddie tells everyone what to do and how to do it. She wants everyone to play by HER rules. Her bossy attitude does not make her fun to play with or be around. At first, Ally-saurus and her friends go along with her as they wanted to be kind to her. But as Maddie continues to boss around, Ally Saurus Roars,,, standing up to Maddie and protecting her friends. Through her standing up to a bossy friend, Ally teaches Maddie to play cooperatively and kindly.
Illustrations of this book, also done by the author are just adorable. Although we’re a big fan of colorful illustrations in children’s book, black and white pictures in this book totally serves the purpose and helps bring the story come alive for children. we love the usage of crayoned markings to define the imaginary roles of the characters based on their interests. Ally’s simple, cartoonish character, with her straight black hair tied into pigtails, her pink dinosaur spikes, Kai’s purple top hat and tails, Petey holding a yellow teddy bear and Maddie’s imaginary green monster crown. Every thing works beautifully!
Overall, Ally-saurus & the Very Bossy Monster is a cute, quick read that your little ones will be sure to love. Like Maddie, many kids are bossy and hopefully this book will show them that bossing people around is not a good thing and help them find ways to resolve difficult and similar situations.
So if you’re looking for a fun book that addresses bossiness or celebrates differences, pick this book up! Its beautiful perspective is not only valuable to children, but refreshing for adults too!
Ally and her friends love to pretend, and each has a favorite role they slip into--dinosaurs, a performer, and a bear. . .kind of. The three have so much fun until the new girl in the neighborhood, Maddie, steps in and wants to lay down tons of rules. All of which serve her purposes, of course. Ally and her friends want to be nice and try to play along, but at one point, things get out of hand.
Imagination flows from every page, letting its magic unfold as Ally and her friends are swallowed up in their own delightful worlds. The role play is something many kids do every day. Readers/listeners will have no problem understanding Ally and feel the urge to follow in her dinosaur footsteps or slip into a fantasy all of their own. The illustrations do a fantastic job of bringing this 'extra' skin to life, and mold reality with fantasy, while, at the same time, keeping it clear which is which. The balance between black and white with only gentle colors in the background, hold the focus on Ally and her friends. The crayon outlines building the imaginary roles onto the characters, make it clear how the characters see themselves (and let the reader sink into this game) while still keeping a solid foot in reality. The combination is simply clever.
When Maddie steps in, her monster shines through. Her actions and words bring cringes as she falls into a mold kids will recognize from their own experiences. But Maddie's own uncertainty comes across as well. Ally handles the situation with a bit of hesitation, but then total finesse. And the ending is an inspiration, which offers a solution readers can maybe use themselves.
I received a complimentary copy and found this so cleverly and nicely done that I wanted to share my honest thoughts.