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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
Top Customer Reviews
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."
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this story, and so did my students!!! They asked me to read another chapter book to them after listening to this one.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It actually a flip book so in addition to Dinos are Forever you get Wyatt Burp Rides Again. Read more
This is an engaging and exciting book for early readers. On top of that, it had a good balance of harder words while maintaining readability. There are plenty of jokes and humor. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Matt Hausig
I love the book so much I want to read every one in the world it was my favorite book ever!Published on January 15, 2013 by Bob12345678910
This is a cute book with a lot of energy that definitely sparks the imagination. It is not a "deep" book and just seems to aim to be silly while quickly moving the story forward. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by J. Villeneuve
My 8 year old loves the adventure. We love that he is interested in reading a book every night. Great book for the kids.Published on September 9, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This book could be turned over for a second story so I've divided comments on both stories below.
The Adventures of Jo Schmo - Dinos are Forever
A cute short... Read more
I can't say that this book impressed me, although maybe a third or fourth grader might have liked it better. Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by Wandering Hoosier
I purchased a slew of longer books to read serially to my kids each night before they go to sleep. They really gravitate towards Jo Schmo. Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by Todd B. Kashdan