Dazzle the Dinosaur

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Dazzle's beautiful shining spines give him a special sparkle, and come in handy for scaring away the dreaded dragonsaurus.

Dazzle the dinosaur helps his friend Maia and her mother reclaim their former home from the nasty Dragonsaurus.

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Overview

Dazzle's beautiful shining spines give him a special sparkle, and come in handy for scaring away the dreaded dragonsaurus.

Dazzle the dinosaur helps his friend Maia and her mother reclaim their former home from the nasty Dragonsaurus.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The appeal of this somewhat run-of-the-mill story is boosted by the use of a reflective overlay on the tiny prehistoric hero's spines-the same technique that brought bestsellerdom to Pfister's The Rainbow Fish. Readers first meet Dazzle as a sparkly egg that has mysteriously appeared in Mother Maiasaurus's nest. He hatches at the same time as little Maia, and they become fast friends, exploring the valley where they live and dodging its many dangers-including the bloodthirsty Tyrannosaurus Rex. Dazzle vows to rout the evil Dragonsaurus who drove the Maiasauruses from their valley, a quest ensues, and the flashy hero's shiny spines save the day. Pfister's soft pen-and-wash illustrations, rendered in soothing hues of lavender, soft green and blue are pretty, though oddly bland-with the exception, of course, of Dazzle's shiny spines. There is some fact woven into this fantasy, but these wide-eyed dinosaurs have more in common with Barney than with the exhibits of a natural history museum. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
A strange egg appears in the nest of a Maiasaurus. When it hatches, the Maiasaurs first think it is a normal baby dinosaur until it unfolds a row of glittering spines along its back. Dubbed Dazzle, the baby dinosaur and his nest-mate, Maia, explore their world and encounter other dinosaurs, friendly and frightening. Dazzle and Maia bravely rout the terrible Dragonsaur from the family's previous cave home, partly with the help of Dazzle's gleaming spines. As with Pfister's previous book, The Rainbow Fish, the illustrations contain iridescent insets in the bright watercolors.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Two young dinosaur friends, Maia (a Maiasaurus) and Dazzle (who has a row of iridescent, foil-stamped spines on his back), set off to reclaim their ancestral cave from a mean Dragonsaurus that has taken over. They scare him away with an implausible tactic and then, in an anticlimactic ending, lead the other dinosaurs back to the peaceful valley. Blues and blended greens predominate in the watercolor illustrations. The cartoonlike creatures have wide eyes; Maia has long, curly lashes. Dazzle's spines hint at a magical element that is never really delivered. A dazzle-less production.Alexandra Marris, Rochester Public Library, NY
Lauren Peterson
The reflective illustrations Pfister used in "Rainbow Fish" (1993) are successfully used again in this charming prehistoric tale. Food and water are scarce in the valley where young Dazzle (so named because of the glittering spines along his back) and his friend Maia live. It hasn't always been that way, though. Until vicious Dragonsuras came along, the dinosaurs lived in a cave with its own fresh spring and roamed a valley filled with delicious trees and ferns. Together, Dazzle and Maia set out to chase the nasty beast away and regain their rightful home. The plot is fast paced and imaginative, and the shimmering artwork is integral to the goings-on, not merely decorative. The popularity of the subject matter among young children, coupled with the unusual look of the pictures, will ensure the book a warm reception at story time, followed by lots of requests to read it again.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735822382
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 12
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcus Pfister is the author of the phenomenally successful Rainbow Fish series, as well as many other books for children. He has worked as a graphic artist, a sculptor, a painter, and a photographer as well as a children's book creator. Pfister lives with his family in Berne, Switzerland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2005

    An Inspirational Book

    Dazzle the Dinosaur, by Marcus Pfister, is my favorite children¿s book because it is adventurous. It is also well written and has essential elements. Within this children¿s book there is a plot, a conflict, a resolution, a climax and a moral. Among these essentials there are many other items that a good book needs to entertain a child. The title of the book is a simple and appealing title for a children¿s book, but it could be a little more complex, which would make it more interesting. The illustrations in the children¿s book are wonderful, and that¿s what is mostly needed to catch the reader¿s attention in a children¿s book. In this children¿s book, there are glittering, eye-catching spines on Dazzle. A moral is always a good way to teach the reader a lesson no matter what age they are. Dazzle and Maia go on an adventure and learn the true value of friendship. They will also learn if you go after your goal and put enough effort into it, you can accomplish it. The words that Pfister chose to put in this children¿s book are easy enough for children to understand, but there are words like ¿instinctively¿, which the reader may not understand, so that may complicate the book a little bit more. Although this book has some negative points, it is still a wonderful children¿s book and may help to educate the reader. All of the children who read this book will walk away with the knowledge of the many things that this book teaches.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2000

    A good pick...

    Pifster's 'Dazzle' is definitely one of the better dinosaur books available. The plot is fast paced and imaginative, and the shimmering artwork is integral to the goings-on, not merely decorative. Pfister has used the reflective illustrations in Rainbow Fish (1993) before, and once again successfully included them in his prehistoric tale. The popularity of the subject matter among young children, coupled with the unusual look of the pictures, will make this a popular book among children.

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