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IF YOU GIVE A T-REX A BONE

Author: Tim Myers

Illustrator: Anisa Claire Hovemann

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Publisher: Dawn Publications, ©2007

Material: paperback

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.

If You Liked This Book, Try: INSIDE-OUTSIDE DINOSAURS   ALPHABET OF DINOSAURS   DINOSAURS ON THE MOVE

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.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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