Dancing with the Dinosaursby Jane Clarke
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.
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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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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.