Nature, plush in tooth and claw.



From the Pop-Up Peekaboo! series

Baby T. rex goes looking for his mommy.

As the little dino searches, readers can lift sturdy, shaped flaps on the right side of each double-page spread to see what Baby T. rex finds behind a rock and other obstacles. Doing this not only exposes a different pop-up dinosaur each time, but also offers an unusual vocabulary-building exercise for toddlers, as they uncover in turn “Baby Alamosaurus (al-uh-mo-SAW-russ),” “Baby Acheroraptor (AHR-kee-ro-RAP-tor),” “Baby Triceratops (try-serra-tops),” and “Baby Ankylosaurus (an-KYE-lo-SAW-russ).” Sporting big eyes, knobbly plastic skins, and in some cases fuzzy coats of pinfeathers, the dinos look both toylike and realistically detailed. Better yet, Baby T. rex’s search comes to a gleefully terrifying end as, out from behind a cave-shaped flap, “Mommy T. rex” lurches up at viewers, toothy jaws agape. “Hooray!” No need for a pronunciation guide, either. Along the same lines, though with considerably less drama, the co-published Under the Sea features plushy Striped Fish, polka-dot Spotted Seahorse, and other nautical friends playing hide-and-seek behind a plastic boat, a purple treasure chest, and other obvious toys.

Nature, plush in tooth and claw. (Pop-up board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: June 5, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4654-7455-1

Page Count: 12

Publisher: DK Publishing

Review Posted Online: June 11, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2018

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This will have readers putting on their dancing shoes to do the “cha cha cha” with their dino-babies


It's not the first time dinosaurs have been featured in a clever Boynton board book. It seems she—and we—can't get enough.

As her fans know, Boynton has a sly wit that respects the intelligence of her young fans and amuses the adults asked to “read it again.” In this book she introduces nine dinosaurs, each of which dances in a way that seems totally appropriate for that particular species. “The blue Stegosaurus goes SHIMMY SHIMMY SHAKE. / The red Brontosaurus goes QUIVERY QUAKE.” Drawing on her experience as a children’s musician, she writes a text that trips along like a song with rhymes that make sense but don't intrude. The illustrations, typical Boynton, reflect her greeting-card background. They are cartoonish but manage to capture the unique personality of each creature. The unnamed dinosaur narrator looks genuinely distraught at not being able to name the “tiny little dino” that “goes DEEDLY DEE.” Spoiler alert: the tiny little dinosaur is probably Compsognathus and would be about the size of a small chicken. Young dinophiles would be impressed if the dinosaurologists in their lives could supply that factoid, but alas, they will have to look it up.

This will have readers putting on their dancing shoes to do the “cha cha cha” with their dino-babies . (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Aug. 30, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4814-8099-4

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Oct. 12, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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This should be a hit.


Little ones can move the wings, feet, tail, or mouth of three different dinosaurs and one pterosaur via sliding panels.

On one double-page spread, young readers meet a friendly stegosaurus as the text reads “Stegosaurus / Stomp! Clomp! / Go its great big feet.” A one-sentence fact on the species (“Stegosaurus was as long as a bus!”) floats in a smaller font on the page, and a pronunciation guide in parentheses sits in the bottom-left corner. The sounds “Stomp! Clomp!” are printed again near the arrow directing little digits to an embedded panel to push up or pull down, making the creature stomp and clomp its feet. This pattern is repeated three more times on other spreads featuring a pterodactyl with wings to flap, a diplodocus with a tail to swish, and a tyrannosaurus rex with jaws to snap. Lodge’s art is pleasingly flat and cartoony, employing simple shapes and patterns, googly eyes, bold colors, and playful smiles. While the book is slight on page count, the thick pages, sturdy panels, and easy-to-manipulate sliding mechanisms mean the interactive features are likely to survive several hours of robust play. Even though the image is later repeated on the inner pages, the T. rex on the cover steals the show with eyelids and mouth that shift in a playfully menacing manner with each slide of the panel.

This should be a hit. (Board book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 3, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-338-54781-8

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Sept. 24, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2019

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