Dinosaur Countdown

Overview

In this simple and clever picture book from Nicholas Oldland, small children will have fun counting backward, as they're introduced to different dinosaurs grouped from ten to two, and a final, single dinosaur. Then, in a unique twist, the book goes on to "zero" dinosaurs as well (because "they're extinct, silly!"). Each number gets its own two-page spread, where it is both written as a numeral and spelled out as a word within the illustration's description (for example, "ten striding velociraptors"). The dinosaur...
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Overview

In this simple and clever picture book from Nicholas Oldland, small children will have fun counting backward, as they're introduced to different dinosaurs grouped from ten to two, and a final, single dinosaur. Then, in a unique twist, the book goes on to "zero" dinosaurs as well (because "they're extinct, silly!"). Each number gets its own two-page spread, where it is both written as a numeral and spelled out as a word within the illustration's description (for example, "ten striding velociraptors"). The dinosaur names are appropriately long and tongue-twisting, one of the things young children love about dinosaurs -- but not to worry, there's a pronunciation guide at the end of the book! And the dinosaurs are all actively engaged, "sauntering" and "soaring," "rearing" and "roaring." A couple of spreads offer clues to something extra on the page to search for (a "looming predator" on one, "and what's that flying overhead?" on another), to keep the counting activity fun and not too repetitive. Oldland's fresh, playful and lively artwork will keep young eyes engaged, an important task as they begin to learn to count. This book is an excellent choice for an interactive preschool or kindergarten early numeracy or counting lesson. It also works for first lessons on prehistoric animals or on animal biology in general (herbivores and carnivores are both mentioned, for example). And it makes a terrific vocabulary stretcher, as children use visual cues to figure out what it means that a tyrannosaurus is "towering" or a stegosaurus is "lumbering."
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554538348
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 889,938
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Oldland earned a degree in fine arts at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, and enjoyed success as a commercial artist and filmmaker before taking up the role of creative director at Hatley, a popular apparel company. Big Bear Hug is his first picture book.

Nicholas Oldland earned a degree in fine arts at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, and enjoyed success as a commercial artist and filmmaker before taking up the role of creative director at Hatley, a popular apparel company. Big Bear Hug is his first picture book.

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