A fun, heartfelt story you’ll really love.


From the Tyrannosaurus series

Miyanishi’s Tyrannosaurus discovers real love is communicated through actions rather than words.

It’s winter, and the Tyrannosaurus shivers with cold and aches with hunger. Unfurling its wings, a Tapejara offers to lead the Tyrannosaurus to a green forest beyond the mountains with plenty of food. During the arduous journey, the Tyrannosaurs falls, and the flying reptile encourages him on. But when the Tyrannosaurs looks dead, the tricky Tapejara reveals its scheme and tries to eat him. Flinging the Tapejara away, the Tyrannosaurs stumbles into the forest and meets three small Homalocephales who speak a different language (represented as English words written backward). When the mighty sauropod collapses again, they come to his rescue and bring him food until he is well. The Tyrannosaurus and the three Homalocephales form a parent-child–like relationship. He even tries to teach them his language, which leads to a terrible misunderstanding with another dinosaur. Miyanishi’s trademark bold lines and colors capture the sounds, landscape, and emotions that the Tyrannosaurus experiences in this sixth book of the Japanese series. Addressing contemporary issues of sacrifice, friendship, and vulnerability through these prehistoric creatures, the book teaches readers that love can overcome barriers and differences. The humanness of the dinosaurs illuminates the power and strength the “language of the heart” can have.

A fun, heartfelt story you’ll really love. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: July 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-940842-26-4

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Museyon

Review Posted Online: May 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2019

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Formulaic but not stale…even if it does mine previous topical material rather than expand it.


From the How Do Dinosaurs…? series

A guide to better behavior—at home, on the playground, in class, and in the library.

Serving as a sort of overview for the series’ 12 previous exercises in behavior modeling, this latest outing opens with a set of badly behaving dinos, identified in an endpaper key and also inconspicuously in situ. Per series formula, these are paired to leading questions like “Does she spit out her broccoli onto the floor? / Does he shout ‘I hate meat loaf!’ while slamming the door?” (Choruses of “NO!” from young audiences are welcome.) Midway through, the tone changes (“No, dinosaurs don’t”), and good examples follow to the tune of positive declarative sentences: “They wipe up the tables and vacuum the floors. / They share all the books and they never slam doors,” etc. Teague’s customary, humongous prehistoric crew, all depicted in exact detail and with wildly flashy coloration, fill both their spreads and their human-scale scenes as their human parents—no same-sex couples but some are racially mixed, and in one the man’s the cook—join a similarly diverse set of sibs and other children in either disapprobation or approving smiles. All in all, it’s a well-tested mix of oblique and prescriptive approaches to proper behavior as well as a lighthearted way to play up the use of “please,” “thank you,” and even “I’ll help when you’re hurt.”

Formulaic but not stale…even if it does mine previous topical material rather than expand it. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 20, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-338-36334-0

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Blue Sky/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Aug. 18, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2020

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Safe to say it’s the only dinosaur-poop–themed Christmas book readers will ever need.


Santa delivers a naughty boy his comeuppance in this yuck- and yuk-filled Christmas book.

Santa is appalled at the length of greedy Danny’s list—especially since the lad already has a “mountain of toys.” Santa decides, “I’ll leave him a present, / But this year his present might just be unpleasant.” After hearing a clatter, Danny rushes to see a “GIGANTIC egg” dwarfing the Christmas tree. It promptly hatches a dinosaur that sets to devouring everything, and everyone, in sight. Danny watches, horrified, as it eats his grandmother, his parents, and their whole house. The comical, rhyming text’s tone is light and is supported by the cartoon digital art, which shows a rotund, house-sized dinosaur on the former site of Danny’s home. Bereft, the boy realizes “it wasn’t the house or the presents he missed; / Without family, Christmas just didn’t exist.” Lucky for him, though perhaps not for squeamish readers, the dinosaur’s overindulgence leads to two spreads of voluminous defecation, with Danny’s family, the house’s contents, Santa and reindeer, and more all sailing “from the dinosaur’s butt” on a “massive WHOOOOOOSH” of liquid, brown poop. All characters are unscathed, and cleanup happens mercifully quickly, though readers may feel a bit ill at the sight of piles and rivulets of poop still decking the halls. Santa, Danny, and his family all present white.

Safe to say it’s the only dinosaur-poop–themed Christmas book readers will ever need. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 17, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4814-9872-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Aladdin

Review Posted Online: Aug. 18, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2019

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