Alphasaurus

Alphasaurus

by Megan E. Bryant, Luciana Navarro Powell
     
 

In this new series of concept-based, shaped dinosaur board books, little ones will learn dinosaur names for every letter of the alphabet, identify bold shapes, practice counting skills, and discover the bright colors in the dinosaur world. Both kid-friendly and educational, these board books make reading and playtime fun for the whole family!

Overview

In this new series of concept-based, shaped dinosaur board books, little ones will learn dinosaur names for every letter of the alphabet, identify bold shapes, practice counting skills, and discover the bright colors in the dinosaur world. Both kid-friendly and educational, these board books make reading and playtime fun for the whole family!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In one of four large board books that use dinosaurs to explain basic concepts, Bryant uses alliteration to give readers a prehistoric tour of the alphabet. Children will learn a good deal of new vocabulary, as well as dinosaur species, as they go: “J is for Jobaria, jumping through the jungle. K is for Kakaru, kicking the kudzu.” Powell’s digital artwork, meanwhile, makes each creature friendly, nonthreatening, and personable—even the leathery, birdlike “Gallimus, grumpy and growling.” Simultaneously available: Colorasaurus, Countasaurus, and Shapeasaurus. Ages 1–4. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"Dino fans will be delighted with this series." - School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Chelsea Couillard-Smith
Budding paleontologists learn dinosaur names from Allosaurus to Zuniceratops in this large format board book. In alphabetical order, each genus or species is named along with an action or characteristic that reinforces the appropriate letter of the alphabet. The qualities or actions ascribed to each dinosaur vary widely from suitably reptilian activities such as "crunching creepy critters," to more puzzling behaviors like "visiting a viper." Powell takes care to match her digital illustrations to each individual genus or species. At the same time, the brilliant but unnatural colors and cheerful facial expressions fittingly soften these fearsome creatures for a more toddler-friendly experience. Despite the inclusion of many obscure dinosaurs that will have adult readers tongue-tied, the emphasis is clearly not on relaying accurate information; while Brachiosaurus may have "brunch[ed] on branches," it seems unlikely that Yinlong would have "yodel[ed]." Additionally, some of the sentences strain to include the correct letter and end up feeling forced, such as the Iguanodon "impolitely ignoring an inchworm." Still, the bright colors and childlike creatures gleefully prancing across the pages should attract the interest of preschool dinosaur fanatics, as long as they are not hoping to learn anything other than the alphabet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452107486
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
07/25/2012
Pages:
20
Sales rank:
324,608
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
2 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Megan E. Bryant is a former children's book editor who has written more than 100 storybooks, chapter books, easy readers, board books, and novelty books. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Luciana Navarro Powell has been a professional illustrator for fourteen years. Originally from Brazil, she now lives in San Diego, California.

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