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Dancing with the Dinosaurs
     

Dancing with the Dinosaurs

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by Jane Clarke
 

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Which prehistoric performers are set to appear? Quick, take a look: T-Rex is here. His fang-tastic tango burns up the floor. Isn’t that exciting? But wait . . . there’s more. See some disco with the Duckbills, tap-happy raptors, Tracey Tops with body pops, and a moonwalk with Miss Maia. The All-saur All-stars are real twinkle toes. These dinos can do

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Which prehistoric performers are set to appear? Quick, take a look: T-Rex is here. His fang-tastic tango burns up the floor. Isn’t that exciting? But wait . . . there’s more. See some disco with the Duckbills, tap-happy raptors, Tracey Tops with body pops, and a moonwalk with Miss Maia. The All-saur All-stars are real twinkle toes. These dinos can do anything! They boogaloo, twist and shout, jig, waltz, and samba. Kids love dinosaurs, and this loopy lineup of dancing creatures will have them laughing, moving, and joining in the fun. The rhythmic, rhyming text is happily musical, and the exuberant, colorful art features humorous touches throughout—like witty judges’ comments, comic costumes, and wacky moves.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It’s a running joke that the celebrities on Dancing with the Stars are often a bit past their prime, but the stars of this reality-show riff are downright extinct. And while some of the puns used to introduce the 14 contestants are dated (“The Hadrosaur Duckbills are everything they’re quacked-up to be”), Clarke’s upbeat rhymes and the electric palette of Wildish’s cartoons should hold readers’ attention. “Tango with our T. Rex,/ do the Steggy twist and shout!/ Disco with the Duckbills/ and shake is all about,” writes Clarke (Gilbert the Great), as Wildish (Dragon Stew) portrays the dancers in goofy costumes (Steggy is, for some reason, dressed like a hippie, while the duckbills strike their best Saturday Night Fever poses in platform shoes). The high stakes are even higher for the judges, seen disappearing, one by one, in insets that build a bit of tension before a finale that reminds readers that a dancing T. rex is still a T. rex. It’s fun, lighthearted entertainment, best enjoyed by budding fans of either dinosaurs or dancing. Ages 3–up. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Tima Murrell
Have you ever seen a T. Rex dancing the tango or a Baryonyx dancing the rumba? Bold, bright pictures tell a funny story about a dinosaur dancing competition. The story begins with a list of all of the contestants, each with their correct scientific name. It features several different types of dinosaurs and their dance styles. The rhyming style of writing makes it an easy and enjoyable read. It ends on a funny note with the announcer trying to eat the contestants and judges. The illustrations are bright and colorful and fit well with the story. This book will appeal to any child, but the dinosaur lovers will enjoy it the most. The large print and easy-to-read words also make this a great book for beginning readers. Both of my children (ages 3 and 5) enjoyed the book. Their favorite part was the illustrations. It is a cute, fun little book that will be enjoyed for many years. Reviewer: Tima Murrell
School Library Journal
PreS-K—In this oversize picture book, numerous contestants are gathering for the Dinosaur Dance judging, among them Steggy Stegosaurus, T. Rex, and Patty Apatosaurus. The emcee, a large unidentified dinosaur with sharp teeth and big claws, introduces the participants one by one: "Tap along with raptors,/do the Troodie boogaloo,/stomp a 'saurus samba/round Patty's pile of poo." Each large page shows one of the flamboyantly bright reptiles doing its thing. Meanwhile, the four diminutive dino judges are shown in front of the stage, holding up cards with numbers after the contestants perform, but—strangely—the judges seem to be disappearing as the show progresses. The final two spreads announce: "Come on! Dance with dinosaurs!/You could be a winner!/It's tons of fun for everyone, until it's time… [page turn]… for dinner!" The corresponding artwork depicts the emcee chasing all of the dinosaurs. On the last page, he says "Good night!" and wipes his mouth with a hankie as bones litter the floor around him. With many small details to be discovered in the exuberant and wildly colorful illustrations, this amusing story is suitable for one-on-one sharing or storytimes.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Kirkus Reviews
Each dinosaur has his favorite dance and really knows how to shake it! The fang-tastic T. Rex serves as emcee, introducing a galaxy of dancing dinosaur stars. (He also does a mean tango.) The Duckbills favor disco, Steggy likes the Twist and the Raptors tap dance, complete with canes and hats. In all, 14 varieties of dinosaur step out, illustrated in bold full-page pictures. Tracey Triceratops, adorned with a sparkling gold necklace and matching shoes, does body pops. The Pachycephalosaurus brothers breakdance. Lily Dilophosaurus executes an elegant waltz, in a hot-pink gown and scarves for gesticulation. Patty Apatasaurus and her crew of three samba, careful to avoid the pile of poo she's deposited(!). Maia Maiasaurus moonwalks in one white glove. Judges hold up scores that vary wildly. And every few pages, a small illustration in the corner of the page depicts a judge being snatched away by green claws. Wildish's pictures are funny, but Clarke's rhyming text is disappointingly minimal, relying on the tropes of reality-TV dance shows that many in the audience may not recognize. Appealing enough, but adds little to the substantial dinosaur subgenre. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607344216
Publisher:
Charlesbridge
Publication date:
02/01/2012
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Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,208,039
File size:
12 MB
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Meet the Author

Jane Clarke is a poet and acclaimed author of many picture books, including GILBERT THE GREAT, illustrated by Charles Fuge, which won the Sheffield Children’s Book Award and the Norfolk Children’s Book Award. Jane won the Nottingham Children’s Book Award for the acclaimed Stuck in the Mud. She lives in Kent, England.

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Dancing with the Dinosaurs 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
This large picture book is about a dinosaur dancing contest. The first page is a list of all of the contestants. It features several different types of dinosaurs and their dance styles. The rhyming style of writing makes it an easy and enjoyable read. It ends on a funny note with the announcer trying to eat the contestants and judges. The illustrations are bright and colorful and fit well with the story. This book will appeal to the approximate ages of 2 to 5 years old. It will appeal to any child, but the dinosaur lovers will enjoy it the most. Both of my children (ages 3 and 5) enjoyed the story, but I think it appealed more to my 3 year old. The large print and easy to read words also make this a great book for beginning readers. It is a cute, fun little book that we will enjoy reading for many years. BIBLIO: 2012, Imagine Publishing/Charlesbridge Publishing, ages 2 to 5, $11.65 and $12.95. REVIEWER: Tima Murrell FORMAT: Picture Book ISBN: 1936140675 ISBN: 978-1-936140-67-1 I received this book free of charge from Children's Literature in exchange for my honest review.