Dig Those Dinosaurs

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"Dig, dig, dig those dinosaurs/ So big, big, big those dinosaurs/ Rig, rig, rig those dinosaurs/ Dig those dinosaur bones." The rhythmical text and lively, well-researched illustrations follow a paleontologist and his crew as they find, clean, assemble, and exhibit dinosaur bones. The read-aloud fun is accompanied by up-to-date facts about dinosaur fossils. Educational and inspiring, this story is bound to captivate little scientists.
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"Dig, dig, dig those dinosaurs/ So big, big, big those dinosaurs/ Rig, rig, rig those dinosaurs/ Dig those dinosaur bones." The rhythmical text and lively, well-researched illustrations follow a paleontologist and his crew as they find, clean, assemble, and exhibit dinosaur bones. The read-aloud fun is accompanied by up-to-date facts about dinosaur fossils. Educational and inspiring, this story is bound to captivate little scientists.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
With the most basic vocabulary and minimal text, this title for young children attempts to put across the process of how dinosaur bone fossils end up in a museum display. The soft, mostly pastel colored illustrations really tell the story but they will need to be explained and discussed in depth with youngsters as three lines of "Dig, dig, dig those dinosaurs" does not begin to cover the activity going on over the double page spread that begins the book. The remaining pages continue in this same way; they cover how the bones are cleaned, packed, and assembled for an exhibit. The last two pages offer more detail about what is depicted on the preceding pages and finally introduces the term fossils. The repetitive, rhythmical text is geared to four to seven year olds. If a collection needs material, a far better choice is Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki. Not recommended. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
PreS—Houran's rhyming text is just right for chanting (or singing along to the tune of "Skip to My Lou") at storytimes. As each stage of the process repeats ("Dig, dig, dig those dinosaurs" times three), young paleontologists carefully excavate dinosaur bones, assembling and displaying them in a museum. Two spreads are devoted to each of five verses. Marquez's pleasant illustrations portray the smiling crew members and museum visitors in soft, pastel shades. There is a major flaw, however; the triceratops skeletons are presented with their tails dragging on the ground, which is contrary to current scientific theory. Brief explanations of the five stages mentioned in the rhyme appear at the end of the book (where another dinosaur tail is correctly drawn). Librarians will have to weigh the book's child-appeal against the illustration mistake when deciding whether or not to purchase.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews
New and preliterate readers will happily clap along to the incantatory rhythms of this primary-level call to "dig, dig, dig"--in both senses of the word--dino fossils. Using repetition and rhyme, Houran comments as paleontologists carefully excavate fossils from a site, wrap them up for shipment ("So big, big, big those dinosaurs / Big, big, big those dinosaurs…"), then lay them out in a museum lab ("Jig, jig, jigsaw dinosaurs"), to be assembled ("Rig, rig, rig…") into a display with painted backdrops and finally surrounded by a flood of admiring museumgoers. With simplified but reasonable accuracy, Marquez depicts each stage of the process in softly modeled, harmoniously colored scenes, and her crew of paleontologists is diverse in both ethnicity and gender (although, sadly, the crew supervisor is a bespectacled white man). Both author and illustrator digestibly expand on each step of the process in a closing spread. A rousing prelude to Aliki's more detailed dino discourses, tailor-made for reading aloud. (Informational picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807515792
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Lori Haskins Houran is a children's book editor and the author of several books for young children including Busy Tractors, Busy Days; Too Many Cats; and Pug, What a Mug! She lives in Florida.

Francisco Marquez lives in England. This is her first book.

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

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    DIG THOSE DINOSAURS by Lori Haskins Houran,Illustrated by Franci

    DIG THOSE DINOSAURS by Lori Haskins Houran,Illustrated by Francisca Marquez is an wonderful Children's Book/Educational. Debut author,and what a wonderful job she has done. Well written,with engaging characters,easy to follow,rhythmical text and well researched. A wonderful addition to any library. Young readers are sure to be engaged while they learn a bit about Paleontologist. "Dig Those Dinosaurs" is a great read for both young and older readers. While,it is suggested for ages 4-7,I believe older readers will enjoy this authors insight and research into this story. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
    RATING: 4.5
    HEAT RATING: NONE(CHILDREN'S)
    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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