Dinosaur vs. the Library

Dinosaur vs. the Library

by Bob Shea
     
 

Dinosaur is going to one of his favorite places: the library! On the way, he invites his friends—a lonesome turtle, a sad owl and more— to roar along with him. But how will his roaring go over at the library? Has Dinosaur finally met his match in Storytime?

By combining everyone's favorite feisty red dinosaur with a variety of animals and a

Overview

Dinosaur is going to one of his favorite places: the library! On the way, he invites his friends—a lonesome turtle, a sad owl and more— to roar along with him. But how will his roaring go over at the library? Has Dinosaur finally met his match in Storytime?

By combining everyone's favorite feisty red dinosaur with a variety of animals and a celebration of reading, author-illustrator-designer Bob Shea has created another irresistable romp for toddlers and parents to enjoy together.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Shea, Bob Dinosaur vs. the Library; written and illus. by Bob Shea.  Disney Hyperion, 2011 40p ISBN 978-1-4231-3338-4 $15.99   Ad 2-5 yrs Rowdy, roaring Dinosaur (from Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, BCCB 10/08, etc.) is back, this time on an outing to the library. Along the way he encounters various animals (a cow, baby chicks, a shy turtle, a sad owl) against whom he "wins" by convincing them to quit what they are doing/saying and roar along with him. When Dinosaur gets to the library ("where no one has ever roared before"), he is admonished to "use his inside roar," which he does happily . . . until storytime begins: "BUT WAIT! Can Dinosaur not roar for a whole story?" The last page shows a quiet Dinosaur paying rapt attention to a book while the text claims, "The library wins! Okay, they both win." Dinosaur's shtick is wearing a bit thin here, as his "vanquishing" of the different critters is rather weak (they make their sounds, he roars at them, then they roar, too), and the abrupt end in which Dinosaur actually has to curtail his roaring altogether may relieve the librarians leading storytime (and the parents in attendance), but it will probably disappoint younger fans of the rebellious reptile. Still, Dinosaur is a deservedly popular guy, and Shea's striking, color-saturated digital artwork, accented with thick black outlines and bold-faced text, is definitely a candy-colored feast for the eyes. This would lend itself, naturally, to library storytime use, but might also be considered by parents wanting to prep their obstreperous offspring for a trip to the local library. JH—BCCB

Shea's irrepressible hero returns-stubby, red and toothier than ever. Dinosaur has faced tremendous obstacles in his first few years of growing up (Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, 2008; Dinosaur vs. the Potty, 2010). So far only two things have ever proven to be worthy opponents. Until now. On his way to one of his most favorite places-the library-Dinosaur meets new animal friends. He convinces each one, from a flock of tiny chicks to a shy turtle and a hopelessly sobbing owl, to loudly ROAR along with him. Dinosaur wins every time! (He is no bully though; his opponents are clearly enjoying this roaring game.) But upon reaching the library, Dinosaur is met with an excruciating task. He must be quiet for an entire story. Hands clamped tightly over his mouth and eyes popping with exertion, Dinosaur worries. Can he do it? The power of a story wins! Observant readers will spot familiar characters amid Shea's bold, expressive scrawls, and everyone will cheer the library's success. 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. Dinosaur wins again! (Just deny it if he ever asks.)—Kirkus

This third adventure of the roaring red reptile finds the scrappy contender setting out to roar his way to the library. Along the way, Dinosaur makes stealthy advances on a variety of unwary animals and succeeds in recruiting them as roarers, too. However, when he arrives at the library, he is told, "Use your inside roar!" Will Dinosaur be able to restrain himself during storytime? This episode is a bit disjointed compared to the previous ones, and it lacks the appeal of Dinosaur's triumphs over the more-routine childhood nemeses, like bedtime, bath time, and the potty. However children will still enjoy the spunky hero. Young readers will be captivated by the visual feast of bold, black strokes set off by bright primary colors and text that practically jumps off the page. The repetitive roaring makes this book well-suited as an interactive read-aloud.—SLJ

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
This is Shea's latest addition to the adventures of his bright red cartoon allosaur who behaves remarkably like a preschooler who is still working on self-regulation. In this case Dinosaur successfully roars his way to the library, winning out over a cow, baby chicks, a turtle and an owl. But once he gets to the library, it is clear—he has to use his inside voice and not roar while the story is read. Dinosaur manages to stifle his roars and reaps the reward of a good story. Shea's exuberant sketches and the playful way all those roars bounce around the pages in different fonts are likely to draw the read-aloud crowd in. "Roar" is likely to quickly enter into their sight word vocabulary. At the same time, as they return to this book again and again, even the wildest preschooler is likely to get the idea that it can be worth it to contain oneself in order to get a pleasurable experience like story hour. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This third adventure of the roaring red reptile finds the scrappy contender setting out to roar his way to the library. Along the way, Dinosaur makes stealthy advances on a variety of unwary animals and succeeds in recruiting them as roarers, too. However, when he arrives at the library, he is told, "Use your inside roar!" Will Dinosaur be able to restrain himself during storytime? This episode is a bit disjointed compared to the previous ones, and it lacks the appeal of Dinosaur's triumphs over the more-routine childhood nemeses, like bedtime, bath time, and the potty. However children will still enjoy the spunky hero. Young readers will be captivated by the visual feast of bold, black strokes set off by bright primary colors and text that practically jumps off the page. The repetitive roaring makes this book well-suited as an interactive read-aloud.—Debbie Lewis, Alachua County Library District, FL
Kirkus Reviews

Shea's irrepressible hero returns—stubby, red and toothier than ever.

Dinosaur has faced tremendous obstacles in his first few years of growing up (Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, 2008; Dinosaur vs. the Potty, 2010). So far only two things have ever proven to be worthy opponents. Until now. On his way to one of his most favorite places—the library—Dinosaur meets new animal friends. He convinces each one, from a flock of tiny chicks to a shy turtle and a hopelessly sobbing owl, to loudly ROAR along with him. Dinosaur wins every time! (He is no bully though; his opponents are clearly enjoying this roaring game.) But upon reaching the library, Dinosaur is met with an excruciating task. He must be quiet ... for an entire story. Hands clamped tightly over his mouth and eyes popping with exertion, Dinosaur worries. Can he do it? The power of a story wins! Observant readers will spot familiar characters amid Shea's bold, expressive scrawls, and everyone will cheer the library's success. 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.

Dinosaur wins again! (Just deny it if he ever asks.) (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423133384
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
350,904
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Bob Shea (www.bobshea.com) is the author-illustrator of Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, Dinosaur vs. the Potty, Race You to Bed!, and New Socks. He also wrote Big Plans, illustrated by Lane Smith. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and their little dinosaur, Ryan.

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