A first backyard campout can be very scary…even for dinosaurs.
As in Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug (2019), Fleck and Stutzman really bring the cute—outfitting the anxious, square-headed narrator and stegosaurian pal Pointy in fuzzy onesies (Pointy’s actually patterned with dinos…awww) while Tiny, clutching plush bear Bob (“my special squish”) frets about how Grumbles and Nom-bies come out when there are no “nighty-lights.” Distrusting Tiny’s mom’s claim that there are always lights shining somewhere, the campers haul out lamps from the house and festoon the trees around their blanket tent with strings of colored bulbs. Now those Crawly-creeps don’t stand a chance. But the relief only lasts until a fuse blows, and a page turn brings sudden, total darkness. What now? Maybe, together, the two can be brave enough to open their eyes and look for lights? They are, and when they do, there is the shining moon and a sky filled with glimmering stars. Tiny’s superserious narration carries the adorableness with ease, and young readers will enjoy spotting the details that surround these anthropomorphic dinosaurs. The Grumbles and Nom-bies are revealed to be Tiny’s snoring and snacking parents, respectively, which should kindle recognition in many mammalian readers.
A reassuring promise for timorous toddlers with special squishes of their own. (Picture book. 2-5)