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These daring dinosaurs have conquered land and sea—now they’re ready for the sky!
But to get airborne, they need a plan. They dinoblow. They run, push, leap, flap—and
take flight! The sky becomes their stage, as they join an air show. Zipping and zooming
and dancing on wings, the dinos are soon upside down ...

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These daring dinosaurs have conquered land and sea—now they’re ready for the sky!
But to get airborne, they need a plan. They dinoblow. They run, push, leap, flap—and
take flight! The sky becomes their stage, as they join an air show. Zipping and zooming
and dancing on wings, the dinos are soon upside down and dinosick! They decide
to bail, hoping their dinochutes will work. They dino-do!
In this exuberant follow up to Dinosailors and All Aboard the Dinotrain, the rollicking
rhymes and paintings of reckless reptiles are dinofabulous.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The thrill-seeking dinosaurs from Dinosailors and All Aboard the Dinotrain take to the skies. Agile, fun-to-read couplets describe their performance at an air show: “They dangle from their wide trapeze/ And dinodance on wings with ease./ The crowd below screams out for more./ They love to watch them dinosoar!” Fine’s gouache and watercolor paintings have the luminance of classic landscape paintings; paired with the dinosaurs (including a pink triceratops and a stegosaurus that resembles a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle), the effect is playfully surreal. What’s left for dinosaurs after skydiving? A final spread suggests that more adventures are yet to come. Ages 4–8. (June)
From the Publisher
"Dinosaur fans, or anyone who enjoys horseplay on a humongous scale, will happily welcome back these gargantuan goofs."—Kirkus
"Agile, fun-to-read couplets." — Publishers Weekly

Praise for the Dino books:
"Exuberant." — Publishers Weekly
"Hilarious." — Kirkus Reviews
"What a lark! . . . A guaranteed crowd-pleaser." — The Bulletin
"The rollicking, rhyming text is great for reading aloud. Fine's playful, colorful dinosaurs are remarkably expressive and full of child appeal." — SLJ

Praise for Deb Lund's Monsters on Machines:
"Lund's rhyming story, about a team of ghoulish monsters who ride bulldozers and cranes, has just about everything a child could hope for." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
Praise for Howard Fine's Snoring Beauty:
Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee
"[E]nriched by Fine's large, double-page watercolor paintings with their whimsical human visages, distinctive fairies, and frog courtiers; the inimitable sleeping dragon princess; a repetitive refrain; and those cacophonous snores, this fantastic story is a delightful treat that begs to be read aloud." — SLJ

Praise for Howard Fine's Piggy Pie:
"The exuberant illustrations are colorful and action-filled. . . . in this thoroughly enjoyable romp that turns a popular nursery song on end." — SLJ, starred review

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
The plane sits on the runway as six burly dinosaurs approach ready for a day of soaring adventure. With goggles and jaunty scarves flying they squeeze their huge bodies into the small plane only to discover that with all their weight they cannot get off the ground. With a "can do" spirit they dinoflap and dinorun and slowly the plane lifts off. With some of the dinosaurs on the wings they "zip and zoom...their moves are quick, exquisite tight. We're like the dinobrothers Wright." The crowd below watches in horror and delight, "as ups turn to upside-downs, their dinosmiles fade to frowns" and together they abandon the plane and float to earth with huge, colorful parachutes. Dinosaur fans will giggle with delight as the comical sextet flies through the pages on their latest escapade. The rhyming text is perfect for a read aloud. Double-page spreads in bright watercolors can barely contain the mayhem. The endpapers identify the pilot as a Stegosaurus, the flight engineer as a Triceratops, and the aptly positioned Tyrannosaurus Rex as the in-flight security engineer. This is tons of fun and will easily find an audience. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—An aircrew of dinosaurs boards a cargo plane and, after a long series of failed attempts, manages to get aloft. These reptiles join an air show, amaze the audience, then, after a bout of airsickness, bail out using parachutes. A book combining dinosaurs and airplanes seems like a surefire hit for the preschool crowd, but this one misses the mark. The slightly blurry gouache and watercolor illustrations often fall flat or fail to reflect the text. A few spreads pop, such as the parachute scenes, but the quality is inconsistent, and the rhyming scheme and "dinowords" soon grate: "'We're dinohuge-just look around./We'll never get this off the ground.'/But they concoct a dinoplan/That gets them cheering, 'Yes, we can!'" Dinosoaring follows two books in the same vein: Dinosailors (2003) and All Aboard the Dinotrain (2006, both Harcourt). Purchase only if those titles circulate well.—Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
Kirkus Reviews
Dinos take to the air in the latest joyride from the creators of Dinosailors (2003) and All Aboard the Dinotrain (2006). It takes multiple tries and a mighty dino-push to get their Brobdignagian cargo plane off the ground, but once airborne it's all fun and games. "They dangle from their wide trapeze / And dinodance on wings with ease. / The crowd below screams out for more. / They love to watch them dinosoar!"--until sudden winds and spins prompt a hasty "dinojump." Outfitting his dino-aviators (all easily recognizable types, identified on the endpapers) in goggles and scarves, Fine uses broad and busy brushwork in full-bleed double-page spreads. He gives his cast a comically massive look and captures an entirely appropriate feeling of frenzied, slapstick action in keeping with the rhymed text's overcaffeinated tempo. Once down safely, all "kiss the ground, give dinothanks, / And promise, ‘No more dinopranks!' " As if. Dinosaur fans, or anyone who enjoys horseplay on a humongous scale, will happily welcome back these gargantuan goofs. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152060169
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 698,430
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Deb Lund has written several picture books, including Monsters on Machines . She also rides a unicycle, teaches writing, and loves to visit schools. Deb lives in Greenbank, Washington.Visit her website at



Howard Fine is the illustrator of many popular picture books. He lives with his family in White Plains, New York.Visit his website at



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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    Great kids book

    My 6 yr old son has loved this series since he was 4. This is a great addition. We can't wait until the next one comes out.

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