Review:

Dino-Christmas

author Lisa Wheeler

illustrator Barry Gott



ISBN-10: 1512403152

ISBN-13: 978-11512403152


Have yourself a merry Dino-Christmas! Dinos big and small deck the halls and enjoy snowball fights, hot cocoa, a parade, and more. Share in the dinosaurs' delight as they eagerly await the arrival of everyone's favorite . . . Santa Claws!

Excerpt:


Fat flakes stitch a quilt of white,

perfect for a snowball fight.


Raptor races, Stego chases,

See the smiles on happy faces.

"A town filled with colorful dinosaur characters gets ready for a large-scale Christmas celebration. The latest dino-book from this author-illustrator pair starts with the arrival of winter, with preparations underway for Dino-Christmastime. Bird's-eye views show lots of riotous action, including snowball fights, ice skating, and hockey. Kids who can recite the names of every dinosaur will love finding their favorites among the smiling players as they frolic through wintertime activities: 'Raptor races. Stego chases. / See the smiles on happy faces. / Pachy pummels! Compy flings! / T. rex tries snow-angel wings.' Simple, rhyming text in trochaic tetrameter propels the fast-paced narrative, although some couplets trip off the tongue more easily than others. Bright, lively illustrations fill the pages with lots of humorous details as the Dino-Christmas Parade gets underway--and a little out of hand thanks to the naughty Ptero twins, who throw snowballs at T. rex. With the arrival of the 'main attraction--Santa Claws!'--the twins get their comeuppance. The straightforward plot takes a back seat to the hilarious antics of the dinos romping through the town and across the pages. The last spread hints at the next book to come. This will delight dino-loving readers eager for the arrival of Christmas."

— Kirkus Reviews

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