Dinosaur Mardi Gras

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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, school librarian, founder of MrSchuReads.com, and 2011 Library Journal Mover & Shaker

It's Carnival time in New Orleans! So get ready to stomp, chomp, and boogie to that mambo beat. As the parade rolls down the route, Brachiosaurus tosses his beads, while Triceratops sings the ...

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Overview

"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, school librarian, founder of MrSchuReads.com, and 2011 Library Journal Mover & Shaker

It's Carnival time in New Orleans! So get ready to stomp, chomp, and boogie to that mambo beat. As the parade rolls down the route, Brachiosaurus tosses his beads, while Triceratops sings the blues and Spinosaurus taps his blue suede shoes.

The big beasts boom and bop to the shouts of "Throw me something, mister!" from the crowd below. Rex, King of Carnivores, takes center stage, roaring through the crowds.

This festive book, full of flamboyant illustrations, includes a glossary and instructions for creating a Mardi Gras float. Laissez les bon temps rugir! Let the good times roar!

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, and recording artist. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. She performs worldwide at schools, libraries, conferences, and special events. She loves to celebrate Mardi Gras, especially when she can get up and bust a move! The author of Pelican's The Cajun Cornbread Boy, Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, Mama's Bayou, The Gigantic Sweet Potato, There's a Dragon in the Library, The House That Witchy Built, and Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate, de Las Casas lives with her family in the New Orleans area.

Marita Gentry is a professional artist whose artwork is displayed in galleries throughout Louisiana. Her vivid illustrations have earned her numerous awards and commissions. An accomplished teacher, she is involved in several artist-in-residence programs each year, helping schools enliven their walls with murals. She thinks Carnival is cool and the best way to celebrate is to let the good times roar! This is the fifth book Gentry has dreamed up with Dianne de Las Casas. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589809666
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 599,905
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Marita Gentry is a professional artist whose artwork is featured in galleries throughout Louisiana. A recipient of numerous awards and commissions and an accomplished teacher, she is involved in several artist-in-residence programs each year. Gentry's other titles with Pelican include Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear!, Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, The Gigantic Sweet Potato, There's a Dragon in the Library, and Dinosaur Mardi Gras.

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, recording artist, and founder of the celebrated November Is Picture Book Month initiative. She hunts and pecks a good story everywhere she goes. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. She performs worldwide at schools, conferences, and special events and is the author of many picture books with Pelican, including Mama's Bayou, The House That Witchy Built, and Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate. She lives with her family in Harvey, Louisiana.

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