Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp

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Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media
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Bright artwork captures many dinosaur particulars.

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Parents need to know that this joyous rumba has a weak story but shares informative details about dinosaurs.

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What's the story?

A lively gathering of the dinosaurs--set to a jukebox beat--to attend the dinosaur stomp is told in verse by Carol Diggory Shields. Scott Nash's bright, cartoony artwork faithfully captures many dinosaur particulars, so as well as being a swinging doo-wop tale, the book is also a glancing introduction to the great lizards.

 

Is it any good?

Give credit to Carol Shields for putting a little music into some mighty daunting scientific terminology: the proper names of dinosaurs. Who would have ever thought that duckbill and supersaurus would have ever sounded so sweet, or that there even existed a rhyme for late Cretaceous? For those who will be reading this book aloud, be forewarned: Give it a preliminary reading so as not to break the flow of the verse by stumbling over plesiosaurs and Cenozoic.

Beyond the fantastical coloration Scott Nash has bestowed on the dinosaurs, he has given each a distinct personality that captures their notable characteristics. There are lots of smiles here, and big round eyes, but pentaceratops has his five horns and diplodocus looks like she belongs in a swamp.

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  • Families can talk about the different dinosaurs. Which one would you want to be? Why? How could you learn more about them?

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