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!
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.12 x 12 Featured Author, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Rhyming · Tags: 12 x 12 Featured Author, Authors, Julie Hedlund, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Rhyming