Dinosaur Countdown

Dinosaur Countdown

by Nicholas Oldland

Count down from ten striding velociraptors to a ferociously funny end in this counting book for dinosaur lovers of all ages!See more details below

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Count down from ten striding velociraptors to a ferociously funny end in this counting book for dinosaur lovers of all ages!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Oldland (Big Bear Hug) offers a bare-bones (no pun intended) counting book that features an array of dinosaurs as it works its way down from “ten striding velociraptors (and one looming predator)” to zero: “no dinosaurs (they’re extinct, silly).” The simple formula—brown and green dinos appear against a white backdrop along with the pared-down phrases—is enhanced by playful staging: “six soaring pterodactyls” fly in chaotic circles, and “five smiling deinonychus” look gleefully deranged as they display their teeth. At times, Oldland takes the easy way out—three spreads are broadly dedicated to carnivores, herbivores, and (worst of all) “dinosaurs,” with no IDs provided for the beasts on those pages. Ages 2–6. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
.PreS-Gr 1—Oldland counts down from "10 striding velociraptors" to "1 lumbering stegosaurus" as dinosaurs cavort all over the pages, eating, sleeping, playing, and flying. The page for zero shows a dinosaur skeleton. "None. No dinosaurs. (They're extinct, silly!)" There is no background to all of the different dinosaurs that are drawn solely in shades of green and brown. Most of them seem to be smiling, even when showing their teeth, and the words "herbivore," "carnivore," and "predator" are used but not defined. This title works as a concept book about counting and as a nonthreatening intro to dinos.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Oldland provides dinosaur lovers who are learning to count down from 10 with some fodder, but there is no story here, nor a capital letter to speak of. Beginning with 10 and counting down to "none / no dinosaurs / (they're extinct, silly!)," Oldland presents readers with some good word choices and vocabulary: towering, lumbering, rearing. The eight "munching herbivores" have plants in their mouths, but the four "roaring carnivores" just have open mouths full of teeth. Sadly, a glossary is lacking. The featured species include Deinosuchus, pterodactyls, Deinonychus, Tyrannosaurus and Stegosaurus. The black-outlined Photoshopped dinosaurs will be the draw for kids. Patterned in earth tones of greens, browns and tans, they feature dots, stripes and splotches, along with somewhat goofy (and toothy) grins. They are easy to count against the stark white background, although some pages have more than the stated number: "ten / striding velociraptors / (and one looming predator)" and "seven / sauntering parasaurolophus / (and what's that flying overhead?)." The creatures fill each spread, with the numeral in the top left-hand corner, the text on the right. A pronunciation guide is given, but parents just joining the dino bandwagon will have to flip back and forth, as it is on the last page, and, unfortunately, there is no further information about the dinosaurs. Large collections with popular dinosaur sections may want to add this, but otherwise, it is one to miss. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Kids Can Press, Limited
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Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

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