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I AM A TYRANNOSAURUS

From the Tyrannosaurus series

Once again, prehistoric creatures point the way to our most highly evolved selves.

Jolted awake by a volcanic eruption, a baby Pteranodon is faced with a moral dilemma.

Having taught their beloved son all the life skills he needs to be successfully launched, Pteranodon’s parents fly away in the night, leaving him asleep in their nest. Peering down, he now sees, beneath a pile of rubble, a wounded Tyrannosaurus, suffering vision loss, perhaps as a result of concussion. Pteranodon remembers his parents’ lessons: He should be strong, kind, wary of the dangerous Tyrannosaurus—and he must help those in need. After pondering how to apply their advice to this particularly sticky situation, Pteranodon tenderly cares for Tyrannosaurus, clearing away rocks, blanketing him in leaves when it rains, and feeding him berries. When Tyrannosaurus recovers and regains his sight, the story takes a refreshingly surprising (and deeply poignant) twist, sure to provoke sophisticated conversations about our motivations for charitable behavior. The fifth entry in a series from Japan, this title features the trademark intensely saturated, bold colors and simple shapes rendered in thick black lines. Tyrannosaurus manages to appear both frightening and sympathetic, while plucky little Pteranodon embodies grit. An open, ambiguous ending allows readers to speculate about whether and how Tyrannosaurus may have been changed by this experience—a welcome contrast to books that deliver a potted message.

Once again, prehistoric creatures point the way to our most highly evolved selves. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-940842-24-0

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Museyon

Review Posted Online: July 29, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2018

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THE HUGASAURUS

Gently models kindness and respect—positive behavior that can be applied daily.

A group of young “dinosauruses” go out into the world on their own.

A fuchsia little Hugasaurus and her Pappysaur (both of whom resemble Triceratops) have never been apart before, but Hugasaurus happily heads off with lunchbox in hand and “wonder in her heart” to make new friends. The story has a first-day-of-school feeling, but Hugasaurus doesn’t end up in a formal school environment; rather, she finds herself on a playground with other little prehistoric creatures, though no teacher or adult seems to be around. At first, the new friends laugh and play. But Hugasaurus’ pals begin to squabble, and play comes to a halt. As she wonders what to do, a fuzzy platypus playmate asks some wise questions (“What…would your Pappy say to do? / What makes YOU feel better?”), and Hugasaurus decides to give everyone a hug—though she remembers to ask permission first. Slowly, good humor is restored and play begins anew with promises to be slow to anger and, in general, to help create a kinder world. Short rhyming verses occasionally use near rhyme but also include fun pairs like ripples and double-triples. Featuring cozy illustrations of brightly colored creatures, the tale sends a strong message about appropriate and inappropriate ways to resolve conflict, the final pages restating the lesson plainly in a refrain that could become a classroom motto. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

Gently models kindness and respect—positive behavior that can be applied daily. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Dec. 6, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-338-82869-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Sept. 27, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2022

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HOW TO CATCH A LOVEOSAURUS

From the How To Catch… series

Sugary uplift, shrink-wrapped for the masses.

An elusive new quarry leads the How To Catch… kids on a merry chase through a natural history museum.

Taking at least a step away from the “hunters versus prey” vibe of previous entries in the popular series, the racially diverse group of young visitors dashes through various museum halls in pursuit of the eponymous dino—whose quest to “spread kindness and joy ’round the world” takes the form of a mildly tumultuous museum tour. In most of Elkerton’s overly sweet, color-saturated scenes, only portions of the Loveosaurus, who is purple and covered with pink hearts, are visible behind exhibits or lumbering off the page. But the children find small enticements left behind, from craft supplies to make cards for endangered species to pictures of smiley faces, candy heart–style personal notes (“You Rock!” “Give Hugs”), and, in the hall of medieval arms and armor, a sign urging them to “Be Honest Be Kind.” The somewhat heavy-handed lesson comes through loud and clear. “There’s a message, he wants us to think,” hints Walstead to clue in more obtuse readers…and concluding scenes of smiling people young and otherwise exchanging hugs and knuckle bumps, holding doors for a wheelchair rider, and dancing through clouds of sparkles indicate that they, at least, have gotten it. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

Sugary uplift, shrink-wrapped for the masses. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Dec. 6, 2022

ISBN: 9781728268781

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Sourcebooks Wonderland

Review Posted Online: Jan. 17, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2023

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