Wednesday, May 8, 2013

{ childrens book review: where are the dinos? }

Title: Where Are the Dinos?
Author: Julia Dweck
Illustrator: Bob Ostrom
Year published: March 28, 2013
Publisher: KiteReaders 
Recommended age: 4-8 years
*A copy of this book was provided by the author for an honest review.

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“I wonder why, I wonder how…Where are all the dinos now?”

Boys and girls will delight in this fast-paced rhyming adventure chock-full of hilarious questions from a very persistent young visitor at the zoo.

“What do dinos find in shops?  Polka-dot tricera-tops?”

The laughs keep coming in this charming adventure full of dino-mite humor and fun. It's the perfect good time read that kids will enjoy reading over and over again.

I'm starting a new feature here at dear brighton in my book review posts.  I've shared several of my favorite children's books lists on many different themes in the past and now I will be reviewing individual children's book as well.  And I will also have a little help too.

In addition to my thoughts on each book I will also be joined by one of my children each week and they will share their thoughts on what we read.  Our first book review together is the wonderful book, "Where Are the Dinos?" and I'm joined by adorable 6 year-old G.

 What G thought...

What was the book about?
The book was about a doggy who wanted to know about dinosaurs and he asked a lot of questions.  He asked questions about everything.  It drove the teacher crazy.

What was your favorite part?
My favorite part was when the teacher got mad because he was asking all the questions.  And I like when the dinosaurs when to the beach too.  I want to go to the beach when it gets warmer out and it's summer.

What was your least favorite part?
I didn't have a least favorite part.  It was all pretty funny.  Do I have to have a unfavorite?

And now...

What Mom thought...
Don't all little boys (or little dogs) have seemingly limitless questions about dinosaurs?  How big were they?  What do they eat?  Where do they sleep?  The story of Where Are the Dinos? takes all these questions and runs with them. 

It's no secret that I am a big fan of rhyming words in books (hello Dr. Seuss) and really I enjoyed the flow and cadence of the story.  Each question flowed seamlessly with the next and I loved how each was formed so it was easy to change your voice through each one.  My boys laughed every time we read “What do dinos find in shops?  Polka-dot tricera-tops?”.  

The illustrations compliment the story and are very colorful.  Each page is chocked full of things to look at but not overwhelmingly so.  Each time we read though the book we found something new to look at and laugh about.  The book is recommended for 4+ and even my little guy at 3 years-old enjoyed it.  There were several of my 6 year-old's sight words within in the story and he was able to pick them out easily.  

Overall each of us enjoyed reading "Where are the Dinos?" and it was requested several more times to be read at bedtime in the past few weeks.

About the Author:
Julia writes children’s stories for digital and traditional publication. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy, and edutainment in rhyme and in prose. Julia’s background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read about and what makes them giggle. Julia collaborates with some of the leading artists in the world of children’s literature. Julia is also a designer of educational adjuncts for children’s literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers.


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