Dinosaur Mardi Gras

Dinosaur Mardi Gras

by Dianne De Las Casas, Marita Gentry
     
 

"It's a roaring reading party! Pass out the sparkly beads, put on the catchy Mardi Gras tunes, and let the kids CHOMP! CHOMP! and STOMP! STOMP! to the infectious beat of Dinosaur Mardi Gras. A perfect read-aloud!"
-John Schumacher, librarian, founder of MrSchuReads.com, a 2011 Library Journal Mover & Shaker

When carnival time rolls around, these big beasts begin

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"It's a roaring reading party! Pass out the sparkly beads, put on the catchy Mardi Gras tunes, and let the kids CHOMP! CHOMP! and STOMP! STOMP! to the infectious beat of Dinosaur Mardi Gras. A perfect read-aloud!"
-John Schumacher, librarian, founder of MrSchuReads.com, a 2011 Library Journal Mover & Shaker

When carnival time rolls around, these big beasts begin to party. Notoceratops swings and swoons, while Spinosaurus taps his blue suede shoes and Brachiosaurus tosses colorful beads to the crowd below. From Lee Circle to Canal Street, follow these crazy creatures as they boogie down the parade route. Clever rhymes and repetition allow children to sing along to that mambo beat. A glossary, along with instructions for creating a shoebox Mardi Gras float, complete this vibrantly-illustrated book of festive fun.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jayme Derbyshire
Although dinosaurs are long extinct, it is often fun to imagine what life would be like if they existed in the present. De Las Casas puts together a tale of fun-loving dinosaurs parading down the streets of New Orleans during the special time of year known as Mardi Gras. The dinosaurs toss beads, ride on parade floats, play instruments, and have a fun time partaking in all the activities synonymous with Mardi Gras. De Las Casas points out key downtown New Orleans locales while also introducing various types of dinosaurs along the way. The book has a catchy sing-song rhythm that makes for an engaging read. The final pages include a little further background on Mardi Gras, as well as New Orleans, which is very helpful especially if one is not familiar with the subject matter. The book also contains a fun hands-on project with easy to follow instructions on how to build a shoe box float. Gentry's watercolor illustrations add a nice soft and colorful touch to the roughness often associated with dinosaurs. Reviewer: Jayme Derbyshire
Kirkus Reviews
Wedding two topics with kid appeal--in this case dinosaurs and Mardi Gras--does not always result in a winning combination. The stanzas in de Las Casas' latest offering are written in the cadence of the famous song "Mardi Gras Mambo" that fills the streets of Louisiana every year during carnival season. Each stanza ends the way the song lyrics do, with the phrase "Down in New Orleans." While this promising strategy should have readers bopping their heads and singing the words out loud, the awkward rhythm and rhyme cause the tale to fall decidedly flat. Take, for example, what should be a rousing finale: "T-Rex waves goodbye until next year / The happy crowd chants a carnival cheer / It's a jumping Dinosaur Mardi Gras / Hooray for all the jaws and claws." Additionally, the multisyllabic and difficult-to-pronounce dinosaur names that pepper the text don't exactly trip off the tongue, a fact that would make sharing the story with groups of children a challenge. What's more, Gentry's watercolor illustrations feature what appear to be angry and confused creatures barreling down New Orleans streets. All are bedecked with beads, and some sport eyeglasses, crowns, umbrellas and boots, but their expressions, for the most part, don't suggest that they are enjoying this experience. Unfortunately, quality titles about Mardi Gras for young readers are scarce, and this one doesn't fit the bill. (Picture book. 4-7)

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ISBN-13:
9781589809666
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/15/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
709,005
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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