A thin-sauce, phoned-in sequel.

Danny’s one-trick dino again goes with the flow.

Forbidden to watch TV until he’s cleaned his room, rightly dubbed “Mount Dumpy,” Danny invites his outsized sidekick to hoover up all the toys, dirty clothes, and bric-a-brac. A double crisis ensues, as not only does Dinosaur swell up to the point that the door is blocked (“Then Dan started crying. / His nose dripped with snot. / They were stuck in their room and the TV was not!”), but the inevitable diarrheic deluge redeposits all the junk amid “smelly poo lumps.” This eco-disaster seems pretty small scale, considering that in previous outings the dinosaur …Pooped a Planet (2017) and …Pooped the Past (2018), and the poo in Parsons’ antiseptic cartoons barely twitches the gross-o-meter. It just looks like pumpkin-pie filling and fails to stick even a little to Danny’s possessions, as they emerge unaffected by their passage through the dinosaur’s bowels. Moreover, once the poo’s out, rather than go for more alimentary gags, the authors just skip ahead to a disingenuous moral: “You can’t watch cartoons if your bedroom’s not clean!” Danny and his family present white.

A thin-sauce, phoned-in sequel. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 6, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4814-9870-8

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Aladdin

Review Posted Online: July 15, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2018


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


Echoes of Runaway Bunny color this exchange between a bath-averse piglet and his patient mother. Using a strategy that would probably be a nonstarter in real life, the mother deflects her stubborn offspring’s string of bath-free occupational conceits with appeals to reason: “Pirates NEVER EVER take baths!” “Pirates don’t get seasick either. But you do.” “Yeesh. I’m an astronaut, okay?” “Well, it is hard to bathe in zero gravity. It’s hard to poop and pee in zero gravity too!” And so on, until Mom’s enticing promise of treasure in the deep sea persuades her little Treasure Hunter to take a dive. Chunky figures surrounded by lots of bright white space in Segal’s minimally detailed watercolors keep the visuals as simple as the plotline. The language isn’t quite as basic, though, and as it rendered entirely in dialogue—Mother Pig’s lines are italicized—adult readers will have to work hard at their vocal characterizations for it to make any sense. Moreover, younger audiences (any audiences, come to that) may wonder what the piggy’s watery closing “EUREKA!!!” is all about too. Not particularly persuasive, but this might coax a few young porkers to get their trotters into the tub. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: March 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-399-25425-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Philomel

Review Posted Online: Jan. 25, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2011

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