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Summary: Follow along as a young boy dodges dinosaurs of every variety just because he gave a T. Rex a bone. Each vignette offers lots of factual information about dinosaurs. Take a tour of prehistoric proportions and learn about dinosaurs.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 5 to 10
Reading Level: 4
Age of Child: Read with an 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter liked this at first, and quickly started anticipating the "but if you ..." phrase. About two-thirds of the through, she lost interest. She listened, but she was no longer interested in exploring the pictures.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story offer great facts - particularly sizes - about dinosaurs. I was a little bit surprised by her reaction, but by the end I was tired of reading, too. There were a few too many dinosaurs for a young audience. Given the amount of text in each spread, I found the illustrations overpowering. Every dinosaur is split between the pages, and in some cases (like the Kronosaurus) the images don't line up.
Pros: Lots of dinosaurs and dinosaur facts are packed in this picture book for young readers.
Cons: If you are expecting a book of the "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" variety, this will be a disappointment. It also would have helped to have a pronunciation guide in the main text, not just in the post-story summaries.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book that is designed to be read in one sitting, but may be better read in pieces to talk about each dinosaur more.
Educational Themes: There is lots of information about dinosaurs packed into the story and also in the bonus pages in the back.
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.