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Dinos Are Forever (The Adventures of Jo Schmo) Hardcover – July 3, 2012

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PRAISE FOR THE ADVENTURES OF JO SCHMO SERIES

"Lighter-than-air superhero fun."  —Kirkus

"Trine’s offbeat brand of humor and Dormer’s angular, childlike illustrations . . . hit the mark."  —Publishers Weekly

"There’s plenty of goofy middle-grade appeal here for both boys and girls."  —Bulletin

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: AD580L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Adventures of Jo Schmo (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547763417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547763415
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,469,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book as a gift for my 7 year old niece. As soon as she opened the package she sat down and started reading. She read the first 15 pages before anyone even noticed. I didn't realize she could read so well, her mother said she had no idea either. What a great gift for all of us.
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Greg Trine writes to his readers, "I am retiring from my life as a superhero and have enclosed my cape. Use it well. Sincerely, Uncle George."
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When fourth-grader Jo receives a cape, arriving on her San Francisco doorstep, sent by her dear uncle, a super hero, in the mail. She assumes the challenging to follow in his footsteps. The hair apparent of her family's long line of crime fighters, now, the time comes bye to claim her heritage. Oh, but she is just a simple fourth grader, a skateboard girl who until the postal event was carrying on her normal life. It is time to join the family adventurous business, whose tricks of the trade, she picks from Gramps. Just in time, Raymond, her dog, becomes her sloppy assistant and close friend.

Thus the mystery adventure kicks off, but the book appealed to me for other reasons. The spirit of the writer is genuinely young, even the double entry stories, 1 and 2, in purple and green, beautiful letter mix and distinct hilarious drawings. You start by meeting Jo Schmo, and her drooling dog, Raymond in book 1: Dinos are forever! Frank dormer drawings are hilariously funny, black and white that tickles kids' funny bones. Book 2, WEyatt Burp rides again, is a bit more analytical; What bad guys? The outhouse...time machine. Burping practice, and, Thick as milk shake ... the thickening plot will eventually be rescued by Raymond. Very funny!
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Jo Schmo is a precocious 4th grader, who receives a mysterious package -- the contents of which allow her to become a super hero. With the aid of her Grandfather and sidekick Raymond (her dog), Jo battles the likes of bank robbers and a mastermind evil scientist, whose goal is to take over the city.

Dinos Are Forever is a great story from start to finish, written in a style that is sure to appeal to many children, with fun illustrations throughout. One great detail is that the story is not dumb-ed down for children, with some clever, intelligent jokes and asides thrown in. As such, adults can enjoy the humor of the story, as well, and children won't feel as as if they're being spoken down to by the author.

As an added bonus, Dinos Are Forever can be flipped over for a follow-up bonus story, Wyatt Burp Rides Again, which is equally as fun and funny as Dinos; so, really you're getting two stories for the price of one!

Overall, a fun, enjoyable read for both kids and adults that will be sure to provide plenty of entertainment.
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Greg Trine's new chapter book series about superhero Jo Schmo and her dog Raymond as the drooling sidekick is absolutely hilarious. Almost every line is just so funny and the characters and word play are great as are the illustrations. The book is actually two short books in one--each with its own zany villain and crime wave (or crime ripple) for Jo to battle--is perfect for reluctant readers. I can't wait to share this book with my 2nd - 4th-grade students who love Trine's Melvin Beederman series.
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Jo Schmo is a fourth grader. She just received a mystery package. with its contents, Jo and her sidekick dog Raymond are about to become full scale superheroes with a superfast vehicle. With help from her retired Sheriff grandfather, Jo is all set to take on the bad elements, even if they are smart with a PhD like the mad scientist. But what are dinos doing in this story? They are extinct. Who has the power to being them to life. May be a super hero but a super hero wouldn wreak havoc. Or wait we have to ask Jo if her manual has a section about it.
In the end, she even learns the magic lofty word that can make her fly like a real superhero.

The illustrations are sketches like comics. Some really make you wonder.

I was befuddled when I saw the title 'Wyatt Burp rides again' and thought that I got a book different from what I ordered. Later while reading 'Dinos are Forever', I realised that there was another side written upside down. An another story but even more interesting.

Pro superhero Jo Schmo itches for some action and so does her dog. They time travel to 1850s California. There they are looking to capture Wyatt Burp who causes trouble with his burp. Even though Jo is a superhero, she cant swim. But with her sidekick's help she can overcome evil intentions from any era(thats another big concept).
The fog is described as thick as milk shake and peanut butter, which children can relate to. I also like how the concept of tsunami is built from ripple to waves to tsunami even if its a metaphor for the rise of crime. Because the people from a century ago are not familiar with superheroes, they mistake Jo and Raymond for witches which shows how people think in the times they live. Some of these concepts might be big for children to understand but hey dont be surprised if they give their explanations.
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Much of this insight is from my eight-year-old:

There were two stories in this book -- one about dinosaurs and one about Wyatt Burp. The drawings were good. Some of the jokes were good as well, but there were too many of them; it seemed like the book tried too hard to be funny, and there was too much going on. It was a little edgy and a little corny, but not all that funny.

In the dinosaur story, Jo came from a long line of crime-fighters -- her grandfather was a policeman. Jo's dog would make hot tubs with his cape and drool. Jo made a Schmo-mobile and she was able to capture the evil scientist who had figured out a way to make dinosaurs come alive. There was just a lot going on in the story. And the whole business about dinosaur bones didn't seem very believable. There was a guy sho said "ha, ha, ha," as a way to call his butler, which wasn't very funny.
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In the Wyatt Burp story, Jo was again fighting crime, but this time it was back in the days of Wyatt Earp. She wiped out modern crime, so she had to create a time machine and go back in time to find bad guys to fight.

However, both of the stories were set in San Franciso, which was very cool. The Wyatt Earp story was set in the gold rush era in San Francisco, which was interesting.

Even though the book is about a girl, my daughter thought that this book would be more appealing to boys. (Just repeating what she's telling me.)
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