Publishers WeeklyThe sporty dinosaurs that have played soccer, hockey, baseball, and basketball in previous outings take on football on “Mega Bowl Sunday.” With eager dinosaur fans in the stadium bleachers, the herbivorous Redscales battle the meat-eating Snackers in rhyming couplets, laced with game lingo: “T. rex is the quarterback./ He calls the play. The ball is snapped./ The Redscale linemen make a pocket./ T. rex fires like a rocket.” Gott’s high-energy cartoons place readers right in the football action, with dinosaur tackles, touchdowns, and a rousing halftime show. Ages 4�up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane HungAt the crowded stadium called the Lava Dome, fans are eagerly waiting for the Greenblade Snackers to play football against the Redscales. In the Mega Bowl, these two dinosaur teams are playing for the big championship title. With rhyming verses, readers can catch the action for each quarter, including Lesothosaurus' kickoff, T. Rex's pass, Raptor's touchdown, and more. At halftime, the score is seven to ten in favor of the Snackers. The game continues and the suspense grows to the end of the game to determine the winning team. The brightly colored illustrations show the team players in action, like Suchominus recovering a fumble or the champion team celebrating the win of the title. Most of the verses have a smooth rhythm and rhyme that describes the action on the field, including the halftime show. Wheeler and Gott have teamed together for other dino-sports books on soccer, hockey, baseball, and basketball. The ending of the dino-football suggests that the next book may be on dino-wrestling. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2—It's Mega Bowl Sunday in the Lava Dome, and a crowd of excited dinosaurs are watching the Greenblade Snackers play against the Redscales. The rhyming running commentary contains the terminology and all the play-by-play excitement of a televised game. "Kentro gets the takeaway!/This Snacker rookie saved the day." After the "Dino Halftime Show," the score is close, but the last play allows small, young Mussaurus to score the winning touchdown. Gott's illustrations of the tackles are more humorous than brutal, and he draws examples of good sportsmanship on and off the field. A detailed scoreboard and color-coded naming system in the text (the dinos' names are in green or red depending on their team) make this game easy to follow.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
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Dino-Football based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
K picked this book up from his school library. This was a perfect book for K. Not only does he get to read about a sport he gets to read about dinosaurs as well. With Dino-Football, you get a story told by rhyming with great pictures to go with what is being told. But who will win? The Scales or the Blades? It is not a competition feel within the book like most stories tell with a sport. It is more fun, and will have you laughing at what the dinosaurs are going to be doing next to get the winning goal. Totally recommend for the younger kids on up.
I recently received an ARC of this book and read it with my 5 year old son. His thoughts: 1. He loved the pictures. They were bright and full of action and kept his interest throughout. 2. He loved the competition aspect of the story. He picked a favorite team and rooted for them through the entire story just as if he were watching a real football game on tv. 3. This book made him feel like he had something in common with his dad who loves football. My thoughts: 1. I agree that the illustrations were fantastic. They were colorful and made us laugh. 2. The story itself is cute and is exciting when read aloud - reminiscent of a sports announcer calling plays during a live game. This really kept my son engaged and excited about the book. 3. There are quite a few football terms that many kids - younger children in particular - may not understand (for example: "Holding. Penalty declined," "tailgating," "coin toss" among others). My son did not understand all of these terms but we were able to have a conversation afterward about what they meant. For some kids this is a good opportunity to become more familiar with the game. For others this may detract from the story. Overall this was a fun read and would be enjoyed by any sports and/or dinosaur fan.