After demolishing a house with their antics (What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night, 2015), the plastic dinosaur toys stow away in a backpack and wreak havoc on a school.
A glimpse of an orange tail and a flash of green scales alert the kids that the prehistoric beasts are on the loose. If they want their toys to escape the teacher’s “Drawer of No Return” they’ll have to act fast to contain them. But as in the first book, no room is truly safe when you are talking about these trouble-finding toys, who get in to absolutely everything. In the library, ripped-out pages and some folding skills yield swords and arrows, and the cafeteria becomes a nightmare of spaghetti and squirted liquids. The lab? Let’s just say the dinos shouldn’t have mixed those liquids together. The resultant foam explosion fills a spread and sees the dinos banished to the dreaded drawer. But is this the end? Have they learned? If you answer yes, you don’t really know the Tumas. The husband-and-wife team of “Dinovember” fame pose their plastic dinosaurs with props and use perspective masterfully to stage their scenes. Those new to school will be treated to a rather different view of the place and some clever uses of the supplies they have waiting for their own first days.
Better add plastic dinosaurs to the shopping list—kids will want in on the fun. (Picture book. 5-10)