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Dinosaur vs. the Library Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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Shea, Bob Dinosaur vs. the Library; written and illus. by Bob Shea. Disney Hyperion, 2011 40p ISBN 978-1-4231-3338-4 $15.99 Ad 2-5 yrs Rowdy, roaring Dinosaur (from Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, BCCB 10/08, etc.) is back, this time on an outing to the library. Along the way he encounters various animals (a cow, baby chicks, a shy turtle, a sad owl) against whom he "wins" by convincing them to quit what they are doing/saying and roar along with him. When Dinosaur gets to the library ("where no one has ever roared before"), he is admonished to "use his inside roar," which he does happily . . . until storytime begins: "BUT WAIT! Can Dinosaur not roar for a whole story?" The last page shows a quiet Dinosaur paying rapt attention to a book while the text claims, "The library wins! Okay, they both win." Dinosaur's shtick is wearing a bit thin here, as his "vanquishing" of the different critters is rather weak (they make their sounds, he roars at them, then they roar, too), and the abrupt end in which Dinosaur actually has to curtail his roaring altogether may relieve the librarians leading storytime (and the parents in attendance), but it will probably disappoint younger fans of the rebellious reptile. Still, Dinosaur is a deservedly popular guy, and Shea's striking, color-saturated digital artwork, accented with thick black outlines and bold-faced text, is definitely a candy-colored feast for the eyes. This would lend itself, naturally, to library storytime use, but might also be considered by parents wanting to prep their obstreperous offspring for a trip to the local library. JH BCCB"
This third adventure of the roaring red reptile finds the scrappy contender setting out to roar his way to the library. Along the way, Dinosaur makes stealthy advances on a variety of unwary animals and succeeds in recruiting them as roarers, too. However, when he arrives at the library, he is told, "Use your inside roar!" Will Dinosaur be able to restrain himself during storytime? This episode is a bit disjointed compared to the previous ones, and it lacks the appeal of Dinosaur's triumphs over the more-routine childhood nemeses, like bedtime, bath time, and the potty. However children will still enjoy the spunky hero. Young readers will be captivated by the visual feast of bold, black strokes set off by bright primary colors and text that practically jumps off the page. The repetitive roaring makes this book well-suited as an interactive read-aloud. SLJ"
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Note: This is a hardcover book with pages that feel like a 70# glossy text type. The book jacket feels similar. It's by no means flimsy, but we all know how some little hands can be incredibly rough.
The artwork is charming; quite reminiscent of crayon drawings. The lines don't always meet, the insides aren't always filled with color, but it never feels too sloppy. That's partially thanks to the art being done digitally, so all the colors are very solid, where they show up. The story is simple, but it will really appeal to kids, especially if you ask them to ROAR along!
Try this one with groups! Especially any group that needs to chill out a bit. Get all the energy out!
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Our daughter loves the dinosaur books, fun to read. These books are bright and fun.Published 22 months ago by joshua mendes
This was purchased for outr school library, and is a big hit with our younger students.Published 23 months ago by PEMc
Dinosaur vs. The Library... I'm not going to give the ending away, I'll just say this, EVERYONE'S a winnder in this delightful read!Published 23 months ago by Sunshine Jones
Not sure why this got such high marks from others- thought this was a cheap attempt to get another installment out of a previously excellent series. Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by SCA
Just love the book and the quality of it was superb! Wasn't sure what to expect but this one fit the bill and is a part of our fun learning libraryPublished on March 25, 2014 by Sherry Harvey
i love it, but this book is not a board book. the other books are board so i expected this one to be as well. (still a great little book)Published on November 13, 2013 by preggo