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)