Parents' Guide to

Dad and the Dinosaur

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Dad helps son manage fears in kind story full of empathy.

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This title has:

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This gentle story of a fearful boy and his loving, understanding dad is both relatable and engaging, with wonderful art that helps readers understand the main character's feelings. Author Gennifer Choldenko's text shows Nick's dad respecting Nick's feelings and not telling him just to suck it up, like some parents might. Dan Santat's imaginative illustrations depict not only Nick's fears but also how he imagines a real giant dino helping him climb a rock wall, send a soccer ball over a tough goalie's hands, and help him sleep at night.

Dad and the Dinosaur is great for opening up a discussion about common fears and how sharing your secrets, fears, and feelings with someone you trust can help you feel better.

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