Can You Dig It?

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In his newest collection of original poems, Robert Weinstock sifts through everything from Brontosaurus burgers to T. rex kisses, and all with the same vibrant and hilarious flair of Food Hates You, Too. So grab a shovel and dig in.

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Cro-Magnon ballerinas were No dainty twirling prancers.
They stomped and clomped and growled
, Grrrrr!
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Overview

In his newest collection of original poems, Robert Weinstock sifts through everything from Brontosaurus burgers to T. rex kisses, and all with the same vibrant and hilarious flair of Food Hates You, Too. So grab a shovel and dig in.

Tutus

Cro-Magnon ballerinas were No dainty twirling prancers.
They stomped and clomped and growled
, Grrrrr!
Good grief! What dreadful dancers!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 4—This book's title and cover are enticing, but the poems will challenge independent readers. They have varied meters, words that are difficult to pronounce ("pterodactyl," "chicktyls," "chanticleers"), and vocabulary that is too ambitious for the intended audience. However, the meanings of words such as "hominids," "drub," "schist," and "mawful," become clear in context when they are read aloud and youngsters will like the slightly irreverent humor. The third poem, "Coprolite," about a paleontologist who examines fossilized fecal matter, includes some questionable lines like, "That LuAnn always was cuckoo/Her parents both were nut jobs too," but ends with the clever axiom, "You are not only what you eat,/You are also what you excrete." Cartoon illustrations in black Prismacolor pencils and digitally colored play off one another with dark and bright hues. The endpapers are delightful, featuring a big bone, cavemen, insects, and little creatures popping out of the ground. Although some youngsters will be able to relate to the humor and appreciate this quirky collection, it should be considered an additional purchase.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
Publishers Weekly
The poems in this entertaining collection focus on paleontologists, dinosaurs, and stone age people with a whimsical emphasis on humor. Like Jack Prelutsky’s work, Weinstock’s (Food Hates You, Too) poems are filled with slapstick and outré subversiveness. “Coprolite” features a paleontologist who “was famed for finding fossil poo,/ Like giant T. rex number two.” In “Greetings,” Cro-Magnons communicate with their weapons (“ 'High five!’ was five bonks with a club./ 'Wassup?’ was two stone whomps”). Unlike similar books (such as Douglas Florian’s Dinothesaurus) that sprinkle dinosaur poems with facts, Weinstock’s verse and artwork are more fanciful than educational, and his cave dwellers are reminiscent of The Flintstones. The poems’ meter is not always skillfully executed (“Can someone fail arithmetic/ If math doesn’t exist?”), and the color palette is at times so dark that the text becomes difficult to read. Nonetheless, there is energy and comedy aplenty in Weinstock’s illustrations, as hefty Cro-Magnons dance in tutus, “balletic triceratops ride the trapeze,” and a child makes a snow angel as his father drags home a bison. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
Not so much an archeology lesson (though Great-Aunt LuAnn Abrue does enjoy finding "fossil poo") but rather poetic musings on how dinosaurs and cavemen really lived. For instance, bedtime was dreadful: "My blankets itch. My pillow's stone. / I snuggle with a teddy bone." And playing tag with a Tyrannosaurus Rex? Not advisable. "I didn't mean to eat my friends, / But...yum...I munched them all. / They came to quite delicious ends- / So tasty, sweet, and small!" Weinstock's boisterous rhymes, along with his lumpy dinosaurs and dumpy cavemen, galumph through the pages. The mostly one-poem-per-page format is enlivened by double-page spreads in which one side frequently "talks" to the other, as when a grouchy museum guard tells a child not to embrace a dino skeleton in "Hugs" while on the next page the guard can be seen smooching a skull after hours in "Kisses." Sly whispers from supporting characters-and a sneaky, smiling worm found on each page-are fun to spot in the darkened yet brimming illustrations. A prehistoric romp for the ages. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423122081
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Weinstock (www.callmebob.com) is a graphic designer, a former children's book editor, and the creator of Food Hates You, Too. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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