One more addition to the thundering herd, easier on the eye than many and as suitable for reading aloud as alone.


From the Head to Tail series

Dinos rendered as cut-paper collages in bright, mostly primary colors pose next to basic facts about each in this gallery for younger devotees.

Set up as a guessing game, each entry opens with a spread-sized body part—“What dinosaur had jaws [head, neck, tail, etc.] like this?”—that gives way with a page turn to a full-body view. Along with identifications (“A Tyrannosaurus!”), Roderick supplies three to six simply written sentences of descriptive information for each. The long-clawed plant eater Therizinosaurus and crested Parasaurolophus join the main roster of usual suspects, as does a flying Pteranodon with the proper note that it was not a true dinosaur but a “cousin.” Seven other dinosaurs come in for cameos on a closing spread. The digitally assembled visuals reflect the narrative text’s simplicity; the dinosaurs, ranging in color from vivid scarlet to clear, pale blue, are made from just a few jaggedly cut pieces and sport the same wide, free-cut round eyes. Moriya adds knobbly textures and subtle brush strokes to the surfaces and places the figures in minimally detailed settings composed of mixed photos and cut paper.

One more addition to the thundering herd, easier on the eye than many and as suitable for reading aloud as alone. (Informational picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: March 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-77138-044-7

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Kids Can

Review Posted Online: Dec. 6, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2014

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Will doubtless leave young readers and viewers flushed with excitement.


From the Dinosaur That… series

Fresh (if that’s the word) from excretory adventures in outer space (see The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet, 2017), Danny and his craptastic dino companion undertake further effluvial exploits in the Jurassic.

Having discovered that the swing in Granny’s yard is a time machine, the white boy and the dino find themselves in deep soup when it breaks—stranding them in the distant past right next to an erupting volcano. With help from a trio of mischievous tykes dubbed “Dino Dudes A, B, and C,” the very images of pop-eyed, primary-colored cuteness in the cartoon illustrations, repairs are made…but how to get the required push? Having previously chowed down on Granny’s broccoli eggs and Brussels sprouts, it’s time for Dinosaur to do his thing: “The poop came out fast; it had broccoli power, / And launched them to eighty-eight miles per hour.” Back through the eras they fly (“The Romans and Trojans were covered in poop; / They all got a taste of Gran’s broccoli soup”), with the Dudes tagging along, to arrive back at Gran’s just in time for slices of, yes, broccoli cake. Parsons renders the prehistoric lava with an evocatively red and glutinous look, and if the gusher that flows out of Dinosaur’s butt is counterintuitively orange, it’s still a revolting sight. That the rhyme seems often to be in thrall to tortured scansion is probably a minor consideration.

Will doubtless leave young readers and viewers flushed with excitement. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: March 13, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4814-9868-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Aladdin

Review Posted Online: Nov. 22, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2017

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Lacklusterus nonstarteris.



Eight dinos pose fetchingly in this hand-sized pop-up gallery.

With no regard for either drama or comparative scale, Hawcock fashions his dinosaurs all roughly the same size and poses most nonthreateningly; Triceratops and several others even sport waggly tails. Moreover, aside from using mottled papers in various subdued, low-contrast hues for his full-body models, he plays it safe throughout by choosing subjects that will be familiar even to diaper-clad dinophiles and portraying each with flat, stylized features rather than going for any realism of detail or movement. The paper design is often clumsy too: Archeopteryx remains closed, and Stegosaurus stands at an angle even when their respective spreads are opened flat; Velociraptor, hanging in midleap, looks like it’s about to fall over; the tabs that attach the heads of the Velociraptor and the T. Rex. are clearly visible; and Diplodocus’ neck is bent to the side at an anatomically unlikely sharp right angle. Safran strains to add interest with bulleted lists of facts and factoids ranging from “imagine the size and number of its poos” to an incorrect claim that Diplodocus is “thought to be the longest dinosaur.”

Lacklusterus nonstarteris. (Informational pop-up. 4-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-85707-804-6

Page Count: 16

Publisher: Tango Books

Review Posted Online: July 22, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2015

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