I am SO excited to share a book by our June featured author — Deb Lund — for Perfect Picture Book Friday today! We own all three books in the Dino series and, despite the conventional wisdom that sequels are never as good as the original, Deb’s series defies that wisdom completely, as each is better than the last and leaves us wanting more!

Dinosauring cover


Written by Deb Lund, Illustrated by Howard Fine

Harcourt Children’s Book June 2012

Suitable for: Ages 4-8

Themes/Topics: Dinosaurs, Aviation, Airplanes, Teamwork, Imagination, Travel, Rhyme, Friendship

Opening/Synopsis: From Amazon:

These daring dinosaurs have conquered land and sea—now they’re ready for the sky! But to get airborne, they need a plan. They dinoblow. They run, push, leap, flap—and take flight! The sky becomes their stage, as they join an air show. Zipping and zooming and dancing on wings, the dinos are soon upside down and dinosick! They decide to bail, hoping their dinochutes will work. They dino-do!
In this exuberant follow up to Dinosailors and All Aboard the Dinotrain, the rollicking rhymes and paintings of reckless reptiles are dinofabulous.


One of the things my kids and I always talk about after we read one of Deb’s “dino” books is, “Why, when they get into so much trouble each time, do the dinosaurs keep going on adventures?” I love that the books capture that longing for new experiences and conquering new horizons. Have your kids write their own stories about what the dinos do next. Or have them draw themselves having their own crazy adventures. This is a great book for getting kids to open up about their biggest, craziest dreams.

Or you can just draw dinosaurs on paper airplanes and fly them around! 🙂

Why I Like This Book:

I think I already answered the question in the activities section! My kids say they like the clever ways the word “dino” is made into so many clever words. They LOVE the rhyming, which I agree is brilliant. The illustrations by Howard Fine bring out the dinos’ personalities so well that by the time you get to Dinosoaring, you feel like you already know them. It’s like having a reunion with some old friends.

For more fantastic picture books and resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.

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  1. It would seem the dinosaur themed picture book has been used to extinction, but it is simply a matter of fact that little boys still love dinosaurs, and cars, trains, planes and things on the go. I’m delighted that Deb has been successful in publishing “rhyming” stories. I have a hard time not writing in rhyme. The illustrations are bold and clever. Well done.

  2. Thanks for the reminder of how much I love this book!

  3. What a fun picture book series. I keep hearing publishers aren’t interested in rhyming, but everywhere I turn I read and hear about new fantastic picture books in rhyme. It must be good, especially since your kids love the books.

  4. These look like pretty cool dino books! That cover is funny. I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This book sounds very kid friendly. I can’t wait to pick up one!

  6. Thanks for a great review, Julie! Don’t know why I never stopped by…oh, maybe it was while I was traveling.:)
    I love that you shared what your kids loved about it…the dino-words especially…good info to know when I try my next rhyming picture book for 12×12.:)

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