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Dinosaur vs. the Library Hardcover – September 27, 2011

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Shea's irrepressible hero returns-stubby, red and toothier than ever. Dinosaur has faced tremendous obstacles in his first few years of growing up (Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, 2008; Dinosaur vs. the Potty, 2010). So far only two things have ever proven to be worthy opponents. Until now. On his way to one of his most favorite places-the library-Dinosaur meets new animal friends. He convinces each one, from a flock of tiny chicks to a shy turtle and a hopelessly sobbing owl, to loudly ROAR along with him. Dinosaur wins every time! (He is no bully though; his opponents are clearly enjoying this roaring game.) But upon reaching the library, Dinosaur is met with an excruciating task. He must be quiet for an entire story. Hands clamped tightly over his mouth and eyes popping with exertion, Dinosaur worries. Can he do it? The power of a story wins! Observant readers will spot familiar characters amid Shea's bold, expressive scrawls, and everyone will cheer the library's success. Story time may have conquered Dinosaur, but with boisterous noise and boundless energy, Shea's Dinosaur titles will never fail to be read-aloud hits. Dinosaur wins again! (Just deny it if he ever asks.) Kirkus"

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"

About the Author

Bob Shea (www.bobshea.com) is the author-illustrator of Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, Dinosaur vs. the Potty, Race You to Bed!, and New Socks. He also wrote Big Plans, illustrated by Lane Smith. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and their little dinosaur, Ryan.



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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781423133384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423133384
  • ASIN: 1423133382
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read bought this yesterday at a local bookstore and read it 3.5 times to my son (3yrs) and nephew (2yrs). They both loved it instantly. Now it's the next morning. My son pulled it off the shelf, while asking for it by name. Both boys were roaring along and the most awesome part is that X has it memorized already. So now he's reading it to his little cousin. Hooray for entertain books that are easy for pre-schoolers to "read." Also, the pictures are great. Now we want the others in the series.

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.
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Very simple words. Little One has a blast walking around roaring at things now, but also helpful because when we go inside (library, restaurant, etc) I can remind him that we need to use our "inside roar" or "whispering roar" and he understands what that means. The colors are bright and cheerful. I'll call it a win for a book.
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Our grandson is an avid reader, and he gets really excited about all the Bob Shea books, including this one. The colors are bright, the stories are funny and upbeat and... sort of silly. When we let him pick the books to read with us, this is always one of his favorites, and thus one of ours.
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Oh man...yeah, I can imagine this being SUPER popular with kids! Especially as a library storytime starter! A young dinosaur walks about the city, challenging people to roaring contests, but he must quiet down in the library, or else miss out!

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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I really like this series but was confused by this particular book. There was a book torn out of the copy I received and it must have been a really important page because it seemed that the dinosaur roared about all kinds of things and then suddenly he was in the library trying to sit through a story time without roaring. I didn't understand the connection between the first part and the second part. Anyway, I recommend you buy dino v santa or dino v potty or dino v bedtime which are all books that I loved and were really funny.
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My five year old LOVES this book. We bought it after reading Dinosaur vs the Potty. It is fun to read together and now that he's heard it so many times, he likes to "read" it to me as well.
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I really love the dinosaur vs. series. The storyline is so funny by itself, but the illustrations are hard to beat. I want to keep this for myself...not give away to my niece!
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Bought this because my son loves the other two Dinosaur vs. books-this one is not as good-he read the other two over and over, but doesn't show much interest in this one
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