Dino-Basketball

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When the carnivorous Meat face the herbivorous Grass Clippers, rims are sure to rattle! Ally-oops and rejections are the orders of the day as the dinos play a fast-paced full-court game. No one can establish a lead as the final seconds tick by. The fans are getting tense, and there's a championship on the line. Which dino will step up and take it to the hoop? This exciting follow-up to Dino-Hockey, Dino-Soccer, and Dino-Baseball is sure to thrill dinosaur and sports lovers ...

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Overview

When the carnivorous Meat face the herbivorous Grass Clippers, rims are sure to rattle! Ally-oops and rejections are the orders of the day as the dinos play a fast-paced full-court game. No one can establish a lead as the final seconds tick by. The fans are getting tense, and there's a championship on the line. Which dino will step up and take it to the hoop? This exciting follow-up to Dino-Hockey, Dino-Soccer, and Dino-Baseball is sure to thrill dinosaur and sports lovers alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The fourth book in Wheeler and Gott's picture-book series that mashes up the athletic with the extinct brings readers courtside as the carnivorous Meat face off against the herbivorous Grassclippers. This duo has a good thing going, and they don't mess with their formula, offering the breathless rhymes, fouls and fast breaks, and down-to-the-final-second twists readers have come to expect ("Raptor takes an outside shot./ En fuego! Ouch! The Meat is hot!"). And as in the previous books, they use the final scene to tease the next installment: "Tickets go on sale at noon—/ Dino-Football's coming soon!" Ages 5–9. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews

The team that brought us Dino-Baseball, -Soccer and -Hockey (2010, 2009, 2007) this time delivers nothing but net. Once again divided by food preference, the Grassclippers take on the Meat, pitting some of the better-known dinosaurs against each other in a high-stakes game for the championship trophy. Wheeler's staccato rhyming verse mimics both the play-by-play announcement and the action of a basketball game, making readers feel a part of the excitement. "Allo answers off the dribble. / Diplo takes it up the middle— / —T. rex charges from behind. / Steals the ball. It's Meaty time!" (Dino and team names are in bold and color-coded: red for carnivores, green for herbivores.) The off-court goings-on are just as accurately portrayed—cheerleaders, agitated coaches, famous spectators and some typical half-time events. Gott's vividly colored illustrations are filled with energy—almost like sitting courtside. And just as in real life, observers may lose track of who's who in the melee, especially if they are not up on their species. Gott does a very good job of matching his artwork to the text, making it relatively easy for those unfamiliar with basketball to guess what "free throw," "dunk" and "taking it to the hole" might mean. Still, this is not a basketball primer. Likely to be a slam dunk with both basketball and dinosaur fans...and football enthusiasts can look forward to the teams' next match. (Picture book. 5-9)

Kirkus Reviews

The team that brought us Dino-Baseball, -Soccer and -Hockey (2010, 2009, 2007) this time delivers nothing but net. Once again divided by food preference, the Grassclippers take on the Meat, pitting some of the better-known dinosaurs against each other in a high-stakes game for the championship trophy. Wheeler's staccato rhyming verse mimics both the play-by-play announcement and the action of a basketball game, making readers feel a part of the excitement. "Allo answers off the dribble. / Diplo takes it up the middle— / —T. rex charges from behind. / Steals the ball. It's Meaty time!" (Dino and team names are in bold and color-coded: red for carnivores, green for herbivores.) The off-court goings-on are just as accurately portrayed—cheerleaders, agitated coaches, famous spectators and some typical half-time events. Gott's vividly colored illustrations are filled with energy—almost like sitting courtside. And just as in real life, observers may lose track of who's who in the melee, especially if they are not up on their species. Gott does a very good job of matching his artwork to the text, making it relatively easy for those unfamiliar with basketball to guess what "free throw," "dunk" and "taking it to the hole" might mean. Still, this is not a basketball primer. Likely to be a slam dunk with both basketball and dinosaur fans...and football enthusiasts can look forward to the teams' next match. (Picture book. 5-9)

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
This is part of a series that introduces young children to various sports and various dinosaurs. What more could a kid want? The plant-eating dinos—Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Pachycephalosaur, Apatosaurus, Diplodocus, Jobaria and Lesothosaurus—are on the Grassclippers team and the meat-eaters—Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Raptor, Pterodactyls, Gallimimus, Allosaurus, Baryonyx and Compsognathus—are on the Meat team. The description of the game is in lively rhyme and the action is intense, with blocked shots, fouls, plenty of scores and even the half time show is full of excitement. The underdog Meats win just as the buzzer sounds. The illustrations are appropriately cartoonish, but factual enough to give the viewer an idea of what each creature looks like. Ms. Wheeler's rhymes are very clever with a fast paced rhythm. Grown-ups will have an easy time and enjoy reading this to their young dinos. The basketball terminology also rings true. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The basketball game between the herbivores and the carnivores has attracted a huge crowd of dinosaurs at Mastadon Square Garden. The Grass Clippers are the first to score, the Meat the first to steal and block. The crowd cheers as the points increase. Triceratops scores an easy deuce for the Clippers, and Raptor scores for the Meat with a slam dunk. Teamwork is demonstrated with an "alley-oop" by T. rex and Raptor and an assist by Apatosaurus. When Stego and Pterodactyl collide on the court, the Dodo referee blows his whistle to call a foul. During halftime, the players disappear off the page, but readers will be entertained by a show that features cheerleaders, mascots, and an Elvis impersonator. After halftime, Jobaria (who was on the bench) works hard to tie up the game. Both coed teams have talented players of all shapes and sizes. Rhyming couplets contain basketball terminology and a mention of the next book in this dinosaur-centric series, Dino-Football. Although there is a lot of action on the court, this game is easy to follow. Visible lines allow readers to see the path of the ball, and colored text helps to identify players and teams. The commentary is fast paced and exciting, the illustrations highlight basketball tradition and culture (cutting down the net, an audience showing team spirit), and the end is inspiring.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761363934
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 140,410
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Gott wrote and illustrated humorous greeting cards at American Greetings for several years, before leaving in 2002 to illustrate children's books full-time from his attic studio in Cleveland, Ohio. Recent books include the Dino-Sports series, and Holler Loudly by Cynthia Leitich Smith. He has recently begun venturing back into the outside world to visit schools and libraries. Barry has 1 wife, 2 kids, and 3 pets. His hobbies are eating potatoes and wasting time on the internet.

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  • Posted August 14, 2013

    We picked this book up at our local library. We love reading al

    We picked this book up at our local library.

    We love reading all the books that deal with the sports and the dino's. And this book was an awesome read. The rhyming was cool, the pictures made the store all the more laughable. Our favorite part was when the crowd was clapping and saying "We will, we will, chomp you."

    This is a perfect read to younger children who like rhyming and dinosaurs put together along with a sport.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2011

    Great!

    My kids love these books and we cannot wait for Dino-Football!!

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

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    Vibrant and highly animated

    March Madness has begun in earnest and dino basketball fans are heading to Mastadon Square Garden to watch the Grass Clippers mow down Meat. The teams are on the court warming up. Allosaurus takes an outside shot. Swish! Can he do that during the game? The crowd is getting pumped up as the cheerleaders strut their stuff. Hey, ho! Can you just imagine what the the dino fans are shouting? Get up, Get down, Pass that dino ball around! STOMP! STOMP! It's tip off time and the ref throws the ball up high and the Clippers snag the ball. "The game begins at breakneck speed./ Two points for Stego! Clippers lead./ Allo answers off the dribble./ Diplo take it up the middle-/ T. rex charges from behind./ Steals the ball. It's Meaty time!/ He drives the ball up to the hoop./ Lobs to Raptor-Alley-oop!"/ Up and down the court they go. Meat, the underdogs, soon tie up the game. Shots are blocked and whoosh! All of a sudden a Meaty fouls Stego. The whistles blow as Ptero # 1 is ousted from the game. The teams dribble, they zig, they zag, "pivot, jump, release." Get up, Get down, Pass that dino ball around! STOMP! STOMP! It's just the beginning of the season and the game is some hot, but who's going to win? This story is a great way to learn the difference between the carnivorous dinosaurs (meat-eaters) and the plant-eaters. The center court scoreboard lists the different players for each team and in the text the Grassclippers and Meat players names are highlighted in their team colors. For example, the Raptor, a Meat (carnivore) has his name highlighted in red. Your dino-basketball fan is going to STOMP, STOMP . love this new dino book. Do you know which team the pachycephalosaur plays for? You'll just have to read this book to find out! Quill says: This vibrant and highly animated game of dino basketball is an amazingly fantastic read.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

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    Don't Miss This Game!

    "They celebrate - cut down the net. This was their finest season yet." Thus ends the game between the Red Team (meat loving carnivores), versus the Green Team (veggie loving herbivores). The announcer, in rhyming verse, calls this riveting game full of real-life basketball action: alley-oops, pivots, jumps, fouls, traveling, tending. The Green Team dinosaurs are huge. Stego, Pachy, Tricera, and Jobar are a few of the players. The Red Team, much smaller yet faster, include team-mates Ptero, Raptor, T. Rex and Galli. The illustrations are colorful, animated, and comical in the depiction of dinosaurs as basketball players.
    I loved it. The story has excitement, entertaining sports action and emotional coaches. Mid-game there is a half-time show made up of original, rarely, if ever seen, acts like the dinosuar-pyramid, mascots, music and what looks like an Elvis-impersonator dinosaur. The fans sing a very appropriately dinosaur-athlete song. It is wild and fun and everything a half-time show should be. Back to the action in the second half, the heat is on as the dinosaurs ramp up their game. The players become more intense as the end draws near. A few fast plays will keep you on the edge of your seat until the buzzer sounds. The winner cuts down the net and shows off the trophy. The crowd goes wild. You will not be disappointed with this book. Kids will love everything about this story. It is engaging, exciting and unusual. This is the "can't miss" game of the year.


    Note: received galley from Net Galley, courtesy of the publisher

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