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Dinotrux Hardcover – June 1, 2009
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* "Dinotrux ruled their world, now they're likely to rule this one too. Bellow on!"― Kirkus Reviews, starred review
About the Author
Chris Gall is the award-winning author and illustrator of Revenge of the Dinotrux, Substitute Creacher, Dear Fish, There's Nothing to Do on Mars, and Dinotrux, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2009. His books have received numerous starred reviews and awards including a Borders Original Voices Book for 2006 for Dear Fish and a Kirkus Best Children's Book for 2008 for There's Nothing to Do on Mars. Chris has won a multitude of awards from organizations like the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts Magazine, and is also the illustrator of America the Beautiful, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2004. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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The book itself is well written. The wording and creativity about dinosaurs being prehistoric trucks and construction equipment definitely has won my son over. He especially enjoys the part of the book that talks about the blacktopadon needing to "go" all the time.
The hardcover version is what we bought and the pages are nice and sturdy. The size of the book makes it not too small and not too big. It's not heavy or terribly bulky.
We've had the book for only 10 minutes and Its already been read 3x.
The book explains how millions of years ago, Dinotrux ruled the world. Cavemen are scared of them, the DinoTruxs stomp, crush, and bash their way through everything. They are just plain unruly until a giant rain storm basically rust out the DinoTrux. However, some of the DinoTrux manage to flee south and become nicer and helpful versions of their older selves. The book basically insinuates through pictures that today's cars and trucks are the "evolutionary" versions of yesterday's DinoTrux. (No, this is not a book about evolution).
At first glance, I thought this book would be too scary for my 3 year old. The pictures are a bit "dark" and look menacing (as the DinoTrux are towards the cavemen, who look like they are wearing glasses, and animals). However, my son loved it. He sat through the entire book and said, "oh no!" as the DinoTrux were rusting out from the rain. While it's not my favorite book that we have in our library, I can tolerate it and since my son likes it, I love it.
*I wanted to write an update to this review..now that my son is a few months older ... he LOVES this book. He loves the Dino Trucks and roars through out the story. I have also really gotten into reading it and use a sort of B movie voice to tell the story. This has been really fun for me and he likes it even though he seems to wonder if it's me talking or someone else! He is definitely really fascinated by this book now. It's a HIT!