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Summary: There are eleven (11) dinosaurs, from Allosaurus to Tyrannosaurus Rex that kids can not only learn about, but they get to "pull" them from the page. This is a book about dinsaurs where kids build paperdoll-like dinosaurs.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 9 and up
Interest Level: 5 to 10
Reading Level: 4
Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter played with this for DAYS! She would read about one of the dinosaurs and then go to the back to cut out the creature and make it. The hard part for her was finding the best way to put the holes in so she could connect the pieces. She got frustrated at some of them ripping.
Adult Reader Reaction: I love this book. It was a lot of fun to do together, and to listen to her make the dinosaurs talk. We didn't have a hole punch, so we used an old-fashioned can opener on a cutting board to get the hole started. I can see why kids would get frustrated, though.
Pros: This is a book that is designed for kids to take apart! Boys AND girls will love reading about the dinosaurs and then putting them together. There are two of each, one already colored, one black/white for the kids to color themselves.
Cons: Four of the dinosaurs are presented in a "trading card" style. I would like to have had all of them that way, so that when the book is taken apart, the pieces can go together more easily. That said, this is VERY minor.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is not a book you'll find in the library and kids will love playing with it. It would be fun to pair this with a Dinosaur Egg where you dig out the dinosaur bones and put it together.
Educational Themes: This is a book meant to learn through play. The kids will read the short bios on the dinosaurs and then build (and/or color) them. The Dinosauria facts have similar content, so you can compare/contrast things like weight, habitat, diet, features, etc. It is also a nice way to illustrate ways they can make fact cards for other things they need to learn.
Notes: The publicist representing the author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub for review consideration because we provide an independent, unbiased profiles. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.