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Dinosaur vs. Bedtime Hardcover – September 9, 2008

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Starred Review. Shea (New Socks) makes a hilarious commentator as his hero, a small red dinosaur, elevates everyday encounters into a series of matches worthy of the WWF. Dinosaur versus... a bowl of spaghetti! announces Shea and, with a trio of bold typographic roars (and two chomps), the bowl is vanquished. Dinosaur wins again! declares Shea, as Dinosaur coolly acknowledges his triumph. Again and again, Dinosaur proves unbeatable—the foes he defeats include a pile of leaves, a big slide and talking grown-ups—but the title hints at his Achilles heel. Dinosaur may not resemble anything found in a paleontology textbook, but he's a terrific surrogate. Incorporating paper, paint, photo collage and quick strokes of crayon, Shea's freewheeling compositions convey both a beguiling spontaneity and a preschooler's sense of invincibility. Kids will be only too happy to capitulate to this irresistible package. Ages 2–6. (Sept.)
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PreSchool-K—No wonder the small but feisty red dinosaur depicted here faces his biggest challenge at bedtime. A supersize text of bold black letters announces: "ROAR! NOTHING CAN STOP ME!" as the youngster takes on everyday things in his world and wins, time and time again. "Dinosaur versus…a BIG SLIDE! ROAR! ROAR! ROAR! DINOSAUR WINS!" Dinosaur leaps and runs off the simple but vivid backgrounds to face his next opponents—"a bowl of spaghetti," "talking grown-ups," and a bath before succumbing to sleep. Illustrations with strong lines and bright colors keep the energy high without being cluttered. The predictable text and lively expressions of this cartoonlike character will appeal to kids who are on the go all day. Just don't expect them to go down quietly as they will be roaring right along with this little hero.—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: AD130L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423113357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423113355
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lane Smith on October 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The last reviewer, K. Cutler, describes Mr. Shea's illustrations as "monotone" and "unlike the vivid clever artwork by Lane Smith." Thanks for the compliment K but I must respectfully disagree. Not about my artwork. You nailed it buddy. No, I'm talking about Bob's art. Bob, a highly regarded and sought after art director and illustrator knows that these two totally different books require two totally different approaches. "Big Plans," an epic story, needs illustrations with epic scope (football stadiums! Mountain ranges! Outer space!) while "Dinosaur vs. Bedtime" requires precise, minimal art to support its delightfully simple recurring gag... without killing it.

Like a lot of my peers, I am green with envy for this book. I love the subtle textures, drybrush line, shapes, patterns and color. If UPA were still making cartoon shorts, they would no doubt recruit Dinosaur as their next big star.
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What a great story. I purchased this for my Goddaughter's brother's first birthday- it is dinosaur themed. I love he, and I am sure that he and his parents will too.

This is the short story of all the challenges that dinosaur can take on- he takes on the leaves, slides, a bowl of spaghetti, talking grown ups, bath time and tooth brushes, and then he takes on bed time. Dinosaur masters every challenge with some mighty roar's - and he wins every time. That is until he goes up against bedtime. He gives off some roars, and they become weaker, and then bedtime wins. Hopefully, this delightful story will help your little beast get tuckered out too. Hopefully he or she will just drift off to sleep after hearing his exciting story- full of pretty colors, fun sounds, and encouraging words.

It is a well constructed board book, short, and it feels like it will stand up well to the challenge of being around toddlers.

I obviously recommend this book for all the young paleontologist and dinosaur lovers in your life.

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This book was showcased on Noggin (with a reading at bedtime) long before it was published. So we already knew the story by heart, but my 3-year-old daughter was still very excited to get the actual book. It's one of our new "standards" and some nights, she even sleeps with it.
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Love the Dinosaur books. One thing you must do, is make sure you read it in a wrestling announcer voice. Makes it much more exciting for everyone involved. My son enjoys saying he did some of the things the Dinosaur did. I think it is good for 2-3 year olds. Not sure how much longevity the book will have though since it is fairly simple. But it's cute.
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This book is so much fun to read!

It's funny, great to look at, and a real help in getting kids off to bed.
Thank you Bob Shea!
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As a special education preschool teacher, I am always looking for books which engage children who have varying skill levels--from non-verbal to "won't stop talking"--and this book is great. Many children can roar and love to roar along with the dinosaur and the children who can't will often at least smile and laugh. The children can identify the items in the book and then can answer questions about what the dinosaur will do with the item either through language or actions (eating, jumping, etc.). You can ask for predictions--"Dinosaur vs. bedtime: who will win?" Then you can "write" about the book. With crayons, the children can often draw a circle for the dinosaur's face and a jagged line for his teeth and the adult can help write a caption for the picture.
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My 6 year old son gets exited when we read through this book. It's all about a dino-kid that doesn't want to go to bed. It helps get the point across that it's time to go to sleep, because even the dinosaurs are going to bed.
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Per a coworker's recommendation (she has a son about the same age as my own), I purchased this book for my one-year-old. It wasn't overly expensive, and I liked the title and cover art. At first, I wasn't truly on board (excuse the unintended pun) with this book because there was so little text, and what text there was was pretty repetitive. However, this book really grew on me. My now 14-month-old still isn't that into it yet (he's really only into those touchy-feely books at this stage), but he does like to make "dino" sounds, and I believe he'll grow into this book as he gets a bit older -maybe 2 or 3? I think he'll enjoy having the book read to him with all of the sound effects -"roar, roar, roar." Personally, I love the different scenarios -dinosaur vs. spaghetti, dinosaur vs. grown-ups talking (that one made me quite literally LOL), etc. I think it'll end up being a perfect bedtime book if my son doesn't get all jacked up roaring. I actually can't wait to buy the follow-up Dinosaur Vs. The Potty once we reach that critical juncture. I just don't think this book is on par with Goodnight Moon, Guess How Much I Love You, and other board book classics, hence the 4 star review.
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