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COLORASAURUS by Megan E. Bryant


From the ...Saurus series

by Megan E. Bryant, illustrated by Luciana Navarro Powell

Age Range: 2 - 4

Pub Date: Sept. 5th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4521-0747-9
Publisher: Chronicle

One in a series of concept books both shaped like and featuring dinosaurs. Velociraptor, Giganotosaurus and Triceratops, among others, encounter a rainbow of objects such as red fireballs, yellow sand, and blue water to explain the concept of color to little ones. The text is straightforward, and the color that is the focus of each spread is printed in a bold font of a corresponding shade. Powell’s friendly-looking dinosaurs, created with a mottled brush stroke and rounded lines, are age-appropriate if not entirely accurate. The dinosaur shape of the book is eye-catching when closed, but it results in strange page crops when the book is open (the Diplodocus has a V-shaped chunk cut out of the middle of its back). The other books in the …Saurus series demonstrate counting, the alphabet and shapes. Alphasaurus successfully lists a prehistoric creature for each letter. Countasaurus lets readers count the different parts of various dinosaurs up to 10, but some of the dinosaurs, such as Ichthyosaurus, are a little scarier than others in the series. Shapesaurus, probably the least successful, feels a little forced, with unnatural, square-shaped rocks and comically rectangular Triceratops teeth.

A series for those seeking concept books married with (mostly) kinder, gentler dinosaurs. (Board book. 2-4)