Dinosaur vs. Mommy

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Dinosaur is spending the day with Mommy. ROAR! He helps her wake up, go shopping, sort laundry, and more—his way, that is. By bedtime, it looks like Mommy is down for the count. Is one little red dinosaur just too much for her, or will Mommy win? Chock full of the bold graphics and exuberance that has made the Dinosaur vs. series so popular, this book will tickle toddlers and mommies on Mother's Day and every ...

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Overview

Dinosaur is spending the day with Mommy. ROAR! He helps her wake up, go shopping, sort laundry, and more—his way, that is. By bedtime, it looks like Mommy is down for the count. Is one little red dinosaur just too much for her, or will Mommy win? Chock full of the bold graphics and exuberance that has made the Dinosaur vs. series so popular, this book will tickle toddlers and mommies on Mother's Day and every day thereafter.

Praise for Dinosaur vs. Bedtime

*" Kids will be only too happy to capitulate to this irresistible package." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Dinosaur vs. the Potty

*"Shea's bold collages are as in-your-face charming as his energetic hero, whose exuberance and stubborn avoidance of the potty will elicit both empathy and laughter." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Dinosuar vs. the Library

"Story time may have conquered Dinosaur, but with boisterous noise and boundless energy, Shea's Dinosaur titles will never fail to be read-aloud hits." -Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Dinosaur vs. Santa

"Dinosaur's unbridled energy is as infectious as ever." -Publishers Weekly

Praise for Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great

"Shea's cleverly written tale makes this a standout, but there's substance here, too. The grass may always seem greener, but the message comes across that everybody has special strengths, and togetherness can often maximize them. This tale of discovered friendship will delight unicorn fans and perhaps create new fans for goats."
--Booklist (starred review)

"Shea examines a universal struggle that readers of all ages face: The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Unicorn may seem like he has it all...but that doesn't mean he's content. Even unicorns want to eat something besides glitter now and then. Brilliant in execution and hysterical in dialogue; Shea's pretty great, too."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Maria Russo
Shea's brightly colored mash-up of cut-paper collage, graphics and digitally drawn figures sets a manic mood, culminating in a sweet final page on which the opponents hug it out.
Publishers Weekly
★ 03/23/2015
Shea’s strong-willed red dinosaur is back, and he’s making his Mommy’s life utterly chaotic. Dinosaur does a cannonball dive onto Mommy while she’s sleeping in, throws toys into the toilet while she showers (“roar! trains! Roar! bunny! roar! flush!”), and reigns victorious over being forced into and out of the bath, as well as getting into pajamas. Luckily, when Mommy is too exhausted to fight back, Dinosaur relents, embracing her in a hug: “Mommy wins!” As always Dinosaur’s facial expressions can shift from devious to timid on a dime (in between moments of attack, he clutches his stuffed bunny and gazes worriedly at grocery items). Shea’s buoyant, emotive artwork and sharp comic timing make Dinosaur’s fifth story feel as fresh and funny as his first one. Ages 3–5. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.)
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In his sixth showdown, Shea's feisty red dino challenges Mommy all day long. From "Mommy taking a quick shower!" to a trip to the store ("roar! cookies! roar! cereal! roar! chips!")-poor Mommy doesn't really stand a chance. "Dinosaur wins!" every time. Shea sets the tone on the book's cover, which features a sweet-looking Dinosaur lovingly drawing a picture of himself and his (human) mommy holding hands...using Mommy's lipstick on the wall. Dinosaur's frustrating-to-adults behavior isn't mean-spirited; he's just an average irrepressible toddler. The emphatic text and bold illustrations reflect Dinosaur's exuberance; with its lively colors and expressive lines, the art also makes the most of the humorous situations (see Dinosaur dragging a freshly soaked stuffed bunny-"roar! flush!"-out of the bathroom). By the end, "Is Mommy down for the count?" Not quite. With a kiss on a little dino's forehead, "Mommy wins!" This take on the mother/toddler dynamic will have both sides of the battle roaring with laughter. kitty flynn—Horn Book

Shea's ferocious little red dinosaur ("ROAR!"), who has taken on bedtime, the potty, the library, Santa, and school in previous books, here squares off against Mommy in a series of stylized confrontations. Dinosaur awakens sleeping-in Mommy, interrupts her shower, begs for treats at the grocery store, rumples the freshly folded laundry, and runs amok at his own bath time. In each contest, Dinosaur announces the challenge ("Dinosaur vs. Mommy sleeping in!"), wreaks havoc, and declares himself the victor. Finally, down-for-the-count Mommy, slumped in her chair, welcomes Dinosaur for a big hug, and he proclaims her the winner. Shea's cartoon-style illustrations convey Dinosaur's out-of-control energy. Exhausted parents and their exuberant progeny are sure to identify with this story, and both will appreciate the photo of Shea's son Ryan (the inspiration for this series) and his wife on the dedication page. A perfect choice for toddler story hours; pair with Maurice Sendak's classic Where the Wild Things Are (1963). Kay Weisman—Booklist

PRAISE FOR UNICORN THINKS HE'S PRETTY GREAT

"Shea's cleverly written tale makes this a standout, but there's substance here, too. The grass may always seem greener, but the message comes across that everybody has special strengths, and togetherness can often maximize them. This tale of discovered friendship will delight unicorn fans and perhaps create new fans for goats."—-Booklist (starred review)

PRAISE FOR UNICORN THINKS HE'S PRETTY GREAT

"Shea examines a universal struggle that readers of all ages face: The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Unicorn may seem like he has it all...but that doesn't mean he's content. Even unicorns want to eat something besides glitter now and then. Brilliant in execution and hysterical in dialogue; Shea's pretty great, too.—-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

PRAISE FOR DINOSAUR VS. THE POTTY

*"Shea's bold collages are as in-your-face charming as his energetic hero, whose exuberance and stubborn avoidance of the potty will elicit both empathy and laughter."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

PRAISE FOR DINOSUAR VS. THE LIBRARY

"Story time may have conquered Dinosaur, but with boisterous noise and boundless energy, Shea's Dinosaur titles will never fail to be read-aloud hits."—Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR DINOSAUR VS. SANTA

"Dinosaur's unbridled energy is as infectious as ever."—Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal
02/01/2015
PreS-Gr 1—From the opening pages, Dinosaur is ready to battle. In this installment, Dinosaur takes on his mommy. Each page turn offers readers a chance to predict what part of Mommy's day Dinosaur will tackle. For example, on one page turn he is sneaking toward a dark, open door in his pajamas—kids will relate to Dinosaur's tactics for waking up Mommy by bouncing all over the bed. Dinosaur continues to battle Mommy through breakfast, a shower, a shopping trip, and folding laundry. There's plenty of humor throughout these pages that will appeal to kids. In one scene, Dinosaur flushes his toys down the potty while Mommy takes a shower and throws underwear in the air while Mommy folds clothes. Mommy shows plenty of patience as she wrangles Dinosaur into the bath. Readers get a satisfying ending; even though Dinosaur puts up a fight, he is still greatly loved by his mommy. Kids and parents alike will relate to these familiar daily battles. Shea's energetic illustrations offer the humor that he's known for, and careful viewers will notice some characters from previous books, such as Unicorn from Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great (Disney-Hyperion, 2013). VERDICT Another great addition in the "Dinosaur vs." series.—Andy Plemmons, David C. Barrow Elementary, Athens, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423160861
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 3/3/2015
  • Series: A Dinosaur vs. Book Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 293,142
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Shea

Bob Shea (www.bobshea.com) is the author-illustrator of several picture books on the Disney-Hyperion list, such as Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great, Buddy and the Bunnies in: Don't Play With Your Food, and four books in the Dinosaur vs. series. He also created animations, graphics, and logos that have been seen on Comedy Central, PBS, Nick Jr., and Noggin. He and his wife, Colleen, run their own graphic design company called Perfectly Nice, and their son Ryan inspired the character Dinosaur. When Bob isn't out on the road promoting his books, he lives and works in Madison, Connecticut.

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