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DANCING WITH THE DINOSAURS by Jane Clarke

DANCING WITH THE DINOSAURS

By Jane Clarke (Author) , Lee Wildish (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-936140-67-1
Publisher: Imagine Publishing

Each dinosaur has his favorite dance and really knows how to shake it!

The fang-tastic T. Rex serves as emcee, introducing a galaxy of dancing dinosaur stars. (He also does a mean tango.) The Duckbills favor disco, Steggy likes the Twist and the Raptors tap dance, complete with canes and hats. In all, 14 varieties of dinosaur step out, illustrated in bold full-page pictures. Tracey Triceratops, adorned with a sparkling gold necklace and matching shoes, does body pops. The Pachycephalosaurus brothers breakdance. Lily Dilophosaurus executes an elegant waltz, in a hot-pink gown and scarves for gesticulation. Patty Apatasaurus and her crew of three samba, careful to avoid the pile of poo she's deposited(!). Maia Maiasaurus moonwalks in one white glove. Judges hold up scores that vary wildly. And every few pages, a small illustration in the corner of the page depicts a judge being snatched away by green claws. Wildish's pictures are funny, but Clarke's rhyming text is disappointingly minimal, relying on the tropes of reality-TV dance shows that many in the audience may not recognize.

Appealing enough, but adds little to the substantial dinosaur subgenre. (Picture book. 3-5)