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Author: Aaron Reynolds

Illustrator: Jeremy Tankard

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Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2014

Material: hard cover

Summary: Destructosaurus is on a rampage through the city! He crushes buildings, smashes cars, and sets the metropolis on fire. Even the narrator's admonoishments can't make him stop. Is he a total monster, or is there a reason for his tantrum? This is a story that helps illustrate emotions and choices.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Reading Level: 2.1

Age of Child: Read with a 3-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: They loved Destructosaurus. My daughter (5) especially loved this book. It tickled her funny bone and she laughed and laughed.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute book, but I wasn't as enamored of the narrative device. It takes the form of a parent fussing at the destructosaurus. It was a bit harsher than books we usually enjoy. I was surprised that my daughter thought it was so hilarious. But she did.

Pros: An adorable monster protagonist has a tantrum about a relatable problem! This humorous journey to solving the problem will tickle kids funny bones and give Mom and Dad a chance to talk about choices!

Cons: The narrator and their 'dialogue' might seem a bit harsh to some readers.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is one I would have skipped, but the book isn't for me. My daughter loved this book, so others kids probably will, too.


Educational Themes: This story is told in the style of a "Godzilla" type movie, with the toddler starring as destructosaurus. There may be times within the story where you can ask your child what they see on the page, will happen, or what was a better choice (before reading the narrator's advice).

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, family, emotions, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2015

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