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by Penny Dale ; illustrated by Penny Dale

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Nov. 12th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7636-6829-7
Publisher: Nosy Crow/Candlewick

Dale does for rescue vehicles what she did for an array of cars and trucks in Dinosaur Zoom! (2013)—namely, sends them racing toward a rendezvous with jewel-toned dinos in their drivers’ seats.

Uh-oh, a loaded truck is stuck partway through a railroad crossing, and a train is barreling down the track. Send for Dinosaur Rescue! Set to a patterned text that repeats end words or phrases in the next lines (“Rescue dinosaurs rushing. / Rushing to get there in time. / To get there in time, / before it’s too late!”), the increasingly melodramatic scenes feature scads of dinosaurs. They are anthropomorphized but identifiable and drawn in exacting detail, and they hasten to the scene of the prospective disaster in a brightly colored fire truck, ambulance, helicopter or like conveyance. They then busily provide first aid and other services after stopping the train “just…in…time!” These scaly civil servants then wheel back to their headquarters to unwind and bed down.

A labeled cast list of dinos at one end and trucks at the other sandwich this yummy treat for fans of all things large and roaring. (Picture book. 3-6)