Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Dinosaurs take to the sea, sky and streets in this rhyming, cross-continental trip. As they mobilize and close in on an undisclosed location, Wilson's (Bear Stays Up for Christmas, reviewed Sept. 27) rhyming verses track their every mile: "Stegosaurus sails her ship/ across the seven seas./ She's rushing through the rolling waves./ There's really quite a breeze." Rader (Tea for Me, Tea for You) contributes acrylics outlined in sweeping flourishes of black ink. The human populace regards the migrating dinos with mixed reactions-some with smiles and waves, others (such as the unfortunate folks sharing a train's sleeper car with a T. Rex family) with terrified expressions. Rader also delights in several verbal and visual jokes: she pictures an aqua Barosaurus on a tiny pink and purple bicycle and gives punny names to signs and shops such as "Allo's Fossil Fuel Dino-Mighty Gas 'n' Grub." However, in what would appear to be a winning synergy for fans of dinosaur and transportation books, the often unimaginative, sing-song rhymes ("Dinos, dinos, on the go/ Why are they on the run?/ They're on their way to meet and play and have some dino-fun!") keep the book from reaching its potential. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Wilson and Rader combine favorite childhood topics-dinosaurs, transportation, and parties-to create a fun adventure just right for preschoolers. Cartoon dinosaurs, some of which are identified by species, sport a variety of outfits as they drive trucks, race cars, bikes, ships, trains, and planes, while humans gape as they zoom past. Finally, all of the travelers reach their destination, a party where a banner reads: "Dino-Blast!! 40,000,000 Year Reunion." Children will appreciate the action and energy in the acrylic-and-ink illustrations and the rhyming text. Jokes are sprinkled throughout the artwork (e.g., "Mammoth Cinema, 100 screens"). Younger listeners will be held by the repeated refrain ("Dinos on the go-/Clear the way!") followed by the sound of each vehicle ("Vroom, Vroom," "Choo, Choo," etc.). This offering would work well during storytime or as a lap book, and makes a fine addition to larger collections.-Tana Elias, Meadowridge Branch Library, Madison, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Dinosaurs driving racecars, dinosaurs riding bicycles-even a whole Tyrannosaurus Rex family tucked into the sleeper car of a passenger train. Where could all of these dinosaurs be going? To the dinosaur reunion, a 40-million-year reunion to be exact. The sometimes rhyming text offers an amusing look at how dinosaurs might actually live among humans, but it's the art that brings this tale to life. Advertisements for Herb Ivore and Sons Expert Gardening service, Stegoland, and drinks offered in convenient ten-gallon cartons are some of the sight gags for the right eye. While the catchy (though often clumsy) writing and clever illustrations offer an amusing take on a familiar subject, the story ultimately goes flat, leaving it merely another dinosaur book. Drive on by unless desperate for another dinosaur fix. (Picture book. 3-5) <%END%>