A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The book may confuse kids into thinking that dinosaurs and cavemen existed at the same time. But then, it could also open up a great discussion about pre-history and what parts of this story are real, and which are not. Take a look at the questions in our "Families Can Talk About" section for some ideas for connecting the text to some real facts.
This is mostly just-for-fun fare, but kids can pick up messages about evolution and extinction.
Positive Role Models
Truck and dinosaur lovers will find a lot to roar over as they check out the fantasy truck-animals. But the fierce-looking creatures might be scary for younger, more impressionable readers.
Violence & Scariness
Just some dinosaur-truck kind of chaos and a few fearful cave people scurrying for their lives, but nothing graphic or harmful.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book mixes dinosaurs, trucks, and cavemen, all with playfully far-fetched humor and a storyline that is not to be taken seriously. The fantasy truck-animals are fierce looking and might be scary for younger, more impressionable readers.
Is It Any Good?
DINOTRUX will thrill any kid who loves trucks and dinosaurs. The story is a simple one, much like that of the primitive creatures that roamed the earth in times past. Inside the covers, the left side shows various dinotrux, while the right depicts real trucks that play a comparable role. Each of the dinotrux has a clever name, such as dozeratops, dumploducus, or rollodon, that says something about its character.
Every page is jam-packed with action, especially the Wham! Bam! Pow! kind you would find in a superhero comic book. The artwork is clever and eye-catching, and will appeal most to readers who like big, mechanical-looking robot trucks. Dark, earthy, yet vivid colors and block letters add to the roar.
Pages are illustrated from edge to edge with bold, noisy color and clever cartoonish detail. Though this is not an audiobook, readers will hear the rumbling and pounding of the dinotrux as well as the shrieks of the Fred Flinstone-type cave people as they run for their lives...all because of the artwork.
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