#PictureBook Review: Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle

#PictureBook Review: Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle

GigantosaurusGigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Published: 2014

Dinosaur version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Dino moms warn little dinos of Gigantosaurus before they go off and play. Little Ankylosaurus keeps tricking the others by screaming and telling them to run and hide from Gigantosaurus. On the edge of the page, there are clues as to what dino is really coming toward them which is fun for little ones to point out. This happens several times and finally the friends are fed up. They don’t believe it when little Ankylosaurus is REALLY warning them of Gigantosaurus. After Gigantosaurus wanders off, the friends think their little buddy Ankylosaurus had been turned into lunch. Luckily, their friend is ok and apologizes for tricking them.

The last two pages of the book gives some information about each of the dinosaurs encountered throughout the story. And I was most happy to see in the back endpapers the disclaimer that Gigantosaurs had been made up for the story BUT that it is very similar to what once was a real dinosaur, the Giganotosaurus.

A pet peeve is when all we are given is Generic Dinosaur. I appreciate it when picture books try to accurately depict a specific genus of dinosaur. There are little curious minds who want to know! ๐Ÿ™‚

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#PictureBook Review: Dino-Basketball by Lisa Wheeler

#PictureBook Review: Dino-Basketball by Lisa Wheeler

Dino-BasketballDino-Basketball by Lisa Wheeler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Published: 2011

I have to say that I am a little surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I guess I was thinking it was going to be playing heavily to “boys who love sports and dinosaurs because duh they are boys”. Instead, I was pretty impressed with how this book handled gender. There are dino cheerleaders but several of them are wearing pants. Several if not most of the dinosaurs playing basketball are referred to as “she”. We enjoyed pointing out the Allosaurus and other favorites on each page. The text is simple rhyme and basically gives play-by-play of the game. Fun… and apparently somewhat progressive!

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#PictureBook Review: Boy by James Mayhew

#PictureBook Review: Boy by James Mayhew

BoyBoy by James Mayhew

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Published: 2004

A boy wakes up cold in his cave. He finds several other places to get warm and comfy, but they are already occupied by sabertooth cats, mammoths, or… dinosaurs? Really beautiful illustrations but I had one major issue with this book. A large sauropod alongside Ice Age mammals and homo sapiens? This is a real problem for me and my 4.5 year old who is obsessed with the Ice Age and saber tooth cats.

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#PictureBook Review: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

#PictureBook Review: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

Up, Down, and AroundUp, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Published: 2007

Adorable book about all of the wonderful things you can find and grow in the garden! “Corn grows up. Carrots grow down. Cucumbers climb around and around.” “Fresh and tasty, get a bunch. Pick some. Pull some. Let’s have lunch!” Simple, sweet, and a great reminder that growing and eating vegetables can be fun and delicious!

This would be another great action storytime title. Ask the kids to pop up, crouch down low, or twirl around and around.

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#PictureBook Review: The Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell

#PictureBook Review: The Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell

The Busy Body Book: A Kid's Guide to Fitness  The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness by Lizzy Rockwell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

published: 2004

picture book, nonfiction

This book does an excellent job of keeping text per page short with a lot of white space and great illustration, while also including lots of facts and diagrams of various body systems such as the nervous, digestive, and circulatory systems. It wraps up showing lots of kids doing fun activities and asks your audience which is their favorite.

Excellent beginning book for talking about the human body with young curious children!

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#PictureBook Review: Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! by Margaret Mayo

#PictureBook Review: Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! by Margaret Mayo

Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp!Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! by Margaret Mayo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

picture book

Published: 2010

Bright and beautiful book that cleverly informs about several different dinosaurs in rhyme. The repetitive action rhymes would be great for storytime encouraging the children to get up and do the actions along with each dinosaur.

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#PictureBook Review: Tell Me A Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee

#PictureBook Review: Tell Me A Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee

Tell Me a Tattoo StoryTell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tattoos! Not just for bad dudes anymore! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok, so I saw someone on the internet say that and I stole it. But it is true! This is a VERY sweet story about a father with multiple tattoos telling his son the bedtime story of how he got all of his tattoos. This one is from when I met your mother, these two remind me of my parents… And finally the one shaped like a heart with some numbers in it? That one reminds me of you because it is your birthday.

Beautiful illustrations that help us tie parts of his memory to the parts of the tattoos.

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#PictureBook Review: My Blue is Happy by Jessica Young

#PictureBook Review: My Blue is Happy by Jessica Young

My Blue Is HappyMy Blue Is Happy by Jessica Young

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved this book. Several people in a little girl’s life try to “define” colors for her such as red is angry, blue is sad, and yellow is happy. She puts her own spin on things by saying that “her” blue is happy like her favorite jeans and a splash in a pool on a hot day. Her yellow is worried like a wilting flower. Her red is brave as a firetruck and her superhero cape.

I just love that this lets kids know it is ok to think outside the box. Their emotions count for something when trying to define the world around them.

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#PictureBook Review: Supertruck by Stephen Savage

#PictureBook Review: Supertruck by Stephen Savage

SupertruckSupertruck by Stephen Savage

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
2015

picture book, Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor, storytime

There are so many trucks that help take care of the city. The bucket truck fixes power lines and the fire truck puts out a blaze. But the garbage truck just collects the trash. Or does he? When the city is hit by a blizzard, the garbage truck sneaks away and transforms into SUPERTRUCK! He digs out the city and saves everyone… even the other brave trucks. The next day he quietly goes back to collecting the trash.

A seemingly simple story, I was unimpressed with this book at first. But after reading it with the kids several times (in a row, of course) I saw that it opened up some great discussion. While plowing through the snow and saving the day during the blizzard, garbage collection is a tough, extremely important, and often thankless job. I don’t know if that was Savage’s intention or if this was meant to be baby’s first superhero story.

I would use this for a Community Helper storytime where we read books about firefighters, police, doctors, etc. It would be great to have a Community Helper come and talk to the children. One GREAT idea I heard at a Summer Reading Program workshop was for a pediatrician to come and give a Teddy Bear Clinic after storytime, talking about to keep your favorite lovely happy and healthy.

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#PictureBook Review: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

#PictureBook Review: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy ButtonsPete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

picture book, storytime, song

Pete dons his favorite four groovy button shirt. But as he goes about his day, he keeps loosing buttons! Oh no! But does he get down about it? Goodness no! Once all of the buttons have popped off of his shirt, he realizes that he still has one that he will never loose… his belly button!

I. Adore. This Book.

SUCH an amazing storytime book. You can’t help but groove along with Pete’s button song (which you HAVE to sing during storytime. Not sure how it goes? Check out http://www.petethecatbooks.com/). After loosing a button, we are asked, “How many buttons are left?” So there is the obvious math you get from subtracting one when each button pops off. The equation is even included along with the numeral (3) and the number written out (three)…. a very important early literacy bonus. Dean also provides us with lots of colorful illustration to point to and talk about. What color are the buttons? What is Pete the Cat doing while all of these buttons pop off?

And here is a super simple craft to go along with it that we have been talking about in our summer reading program 2016 workshops!

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Take a paper plate, fold it in half, and cut the center out. While the center circle is still folded, use a hole punch to make four holes. Take some stray yarn, wrap tape around the end, and let the littles lace the yarn through the holes. They can color or use stickers to decorate their buttons. With the left over of the paper plate, you have a steering wheel! Next up, sing Laurie Berkner’s Drive My Car!

 

 

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