What parents need to know
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.
What's the story?
In the time before man, ferocious dinotrux ruled the world. They looked like huge trucks with claws, menacing teeth, glowing eyes...and tails! Then, suddenly, a "flash of light and a terrible storm" changed their world forever. Some evolved, some rusted away into extinction, and others...well, others may still be hiding out here and there.
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.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the different names the dinotrux are given. Why did the author choose those names? Do you think they fit? Can you think of others?
Why do you think dinosaurs and trucks go together? How are they alike or different?
Did trucks exist in the time of dinosaurs? How about cave people?