- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 670 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (September 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1561457043
- ISBN-13: 978-1561457045
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Never Follow a Dinosaur Hardcover – September 1, 2016
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PreS-Gr 1—This is a fun, absurd tale about two children with big imaginations. Joe and his sister Sally follow what they believe to be dinosaur footprints. A thought bubble shows what Sally imagines the source of the footprints to look like, and as the children uncover more information about their dinosaur, the image morphs and grows to reflect their findings. Finally, the children set a trap for the "hungry, heavy, swimming, dancing dinosaur with a headache and a sore foot." Only, it may not be the best idea to follow and trap a hungry dinosaur. Illustrations are digitized pencil drawings, and the large, colorful backgrounds make Sally's thought bubbles stand out and help draw attention to just how big a thing an imagination can be. VERDICT A general purchase where dinosaurs, silly stories, and books about imaginative play are popular.—Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA
"A fun, absurd tale about two children with big imaginations." --School Library Journal
"A goofy romp with a very lovable dinosaur at its center that never loses its (very small) footing." --Kirkus Reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
The setup is that Sally and Joe spot a set of strange footprints. They wonder what made them and decide to follow the trail of prints. At each two page spread they find another clue, and with each clue they try to deduce what it is they are following. Their deductions are wild and fanciful, but consistent with the clues. At the end they find out what they're really following and have a happy sitdown.
The drawings are effective and clearly illustrate what's going on, although they are only detailed enough to get the story across. (This isn't a book loaded with little jokes or bits around the edges.) The kids are engaging and visually appealing. The point seems to me to be the narrative, and the way the kids pile on idea after idea, so it's a bit more of a thinking-man's picture book, which strikes me as a nice bit of variety.
So, a silly, fun and yet thoughtful choice that seemed to me to be a nice option to have on the family shelf. A nice find.
(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
Recommended for early readers; not recommended for read-aloud to groups.
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Really fun book. The illustrations are cute and engaging, and it's fun to see what Joe and Sally deduce about their dinosaur. The text is fun, as each deduction adds to the previous (a very hungry dinosaur, a very hungry, heavy dinosaur, etc.), and the twist ending will make kids laugh. Although there are tons of dinosaur picture books, this one stands out.
I read a copy through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
When Sally and Joe find a mysterious set of footprints, they are certain that they belong to a dinosaur. They follow the footprints and speculate what kind of dinosaur it is, what it likes to do, and what happened to it. When the footprints disappear with no dinosaur in sight they decide to set a trap!
This is a very cute and somewhat silly book. It was fun to track the dinosaur with the children and speculate what had happened to it by the state of the footsteps. My daughter and I enjoyed the illustrations and I'm sure children will really enjoy the story as well. It is kind of a mystery and I kept wondering what was going to happen. The ending gave us a good laugh.
Created by author/illustrator Alex Latimer, published by Peachtree Atlanta.
#dinosaur #hungry #PB #funny