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Dino-Baby

Dino-Baby

by Mark Sperring, Sam Lloyd
     
 

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It's not easy being a big sister, especially when your new baby brother is a dino-baby! There's a lot to remember:

Be quiet in the morning, when you first get up.
Because crashes, bangs, and thuds will wake our dino-pup. Shh!
Don't play rough and tumble with a little thing like this.
Instead be soft

Overview

It's not easy being a big sister, especially when your new baby brother is a dino-baby! There's a lot to remember:

Be quiet in the morning, when you first get up.
Because crashes, bangs, and thuds will wake our dino-pup. Shh!
Don't play rough and tumble with a little thing like this.
Instead be soft and gentle. We all LOVE a dino kiss. Mwaah!

But before long, this big sister loves to teach her little brother all the things she knows. Pretty soon they're playing and growing--together! A sweet picture book that's perfect for older siblings, parents, and dino fans.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Borges
This delightful story about adjusting to a new baby in the family is sure to be a favorite for young readers. In this dinosaur family, big sister must learn how to welcome a new baby into the family, and there is a lot to learn. The cleverly written text is written in rhyming verse, and children will enjoy reading along and completing each phrase with a rhyme such as “…show him how to pound and not make a sound.” There are many things in this text that young children will relate to because this charming story shows sharing with a new sibling, learning to say please and thank you, and playing quietly at baby’s naptime. The whimsical and expressive illustrations on each page add wonderful details to the story and children will love the appealing and adorable dinosaur characters. The illustrations are colored in soft pastel hues, making the story even more soothing and comforting for a young child to read. This sweet story would be a wonderful gift for a big brother or sister when a new baby is born, and it would be enjoyed in pre-school and kindergarten classes where there are many students who will relate to bringing a new baby into the family. Reviewer: Susan Borges; Ages 3 to 7.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
In rhyming verse, dinosaur parents review with an older sibling the rules of life with a new baby in the house. In this preachy, didactic offering, a small dinosaur is reminded to be quiet upon awakening in the morning so as not to wake the new baby and not to play rough or snatch away toys. This occupies the first half of the book. The most entertaining and positive pages follow, in which the parents encourage the little dinosaur to teach the baby new things, like how to stomp and roar. They quickly return, however, to their tiresome admonitions, warning the child to be quiet at bedtime. The illustrations are bold, expressive and, in some instances, endearing, but overall, they work to emphasize the negative tone of the text. For instance, the only page spread that is not part of the verse features a big, angry-looking dinosaur mama glaring at a chastened child while the baby screams in the bassinette. The word "shhhhhh!" is scrawled in large letters across the right-hand page. Parents looking for an engaging story to share with a new big brother or sister will do well to skip this one and choose something with a little spunk--like Jacqueline Woodson and Sophie Blackall's Pecan Pie Baby (2010) or Marla Frazee's The Boss Baby (2010)--instead. (Picture book. 3-5)
School Library Journal
PreS—Dinosaur parents are about to have a second child as mom is sporting a "belly bump," so they are preparing big sister for her new role. Once the baby arrives, there are a few missteps as the older dino loves to make noise and play rough. But she soon gets the hang of sharing and manners. She also teaches the little one to roar, clomp, stomp, and pound. The black-line drawings, digitally colored, feature cartoon dinosaurs sporting bows, gloves, and shoes. They have big heads, small tails, and small arms and legs. They are all very green. This is a typical new baby story told by dinosaurs. The only thing different is all the roaring and stomping.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619631519
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Mark Sperring studied at Bath Academy of Art and Camberwell College of Art before working as a printer and a bookseller, and later becoming a children's book author. Mark is the author of The Shape of My Heart, Captain Buckleboots on the Naughty Step, and The Sunflower Sword. He lives in Bristol, England.

Sam Lloyd is the bestselling illustrator of books such as Calm Down, Boris and You're Not So Scary, Sid, as well as the Mr Pusskins series and the Whoops-a-Daisy World series. She lives in Brighton, England.

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