Gnash, Gnaw, Dinosaur!: Prehistoric Poems with Lift-the-Flap Surprises!

Gnash, Gnaw, Dinosaur!: Prehistoric Poems with Lift-the-Flap Surprises!

by Tony Mitton, Lynne Chapman
     
 

With laugh-out-loud, whimsical rhyme by award-winning poet Tony Mitton, future palaeontologists are uniquely introduced to all kinds of dinosaurs. Details about where they lived, what they ate, and how they got around are answered mixing humor and information with appealing artwork and a flap that can be flipped for engaging interaction. Dinosaurs of all shapes and

Overview

With laugh-out-loud, whimsical rhyme by award-winning poet Tony Mitton, future palaeontologists are uniquely introduced to all kinds of dinosaurs. Details about where they lived, what they ate, and how they got around are answered mixing humor and information with appealing artwork and a flap that can be flipped for engaging interaction. Dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes stomp around and pounce their way through the pages of this facg-filled book. And who knew dinosaurs could be so funny and colorful!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“With great vocabulary, verses that scan well and a large trim size, this fits well into dinosaur-themed storytimes.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Mitton's playful yet informative verses introduce a friendly bunch . . . [that] should appeal to even the youngest dinosaur fans. It's a colorful, fun-filled interactive package, and readers will learn a little, even as they giggle over the fun goings-on.” —School Library Journal

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—"Hi, we're the dinosaurs. We lived long ago…/We're back in this book with a big hello." Mitton's playful yet informative verses introduce a friendly bunch: long-necked Diplodocus, Pteranodon, Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Kronosaurus, silly-looking Mononykus (a flightless feathered dinosaur), and predatory Deinonychus. The affable verses are paired with Chapman's vibrant cartoon art and flaps to focus on the broad humor of Tyrannosaurus's bug-eyed ferocity and Pteranodon's gleeful flight: "Ace hang glider, air-current rider, cliff-top swooper, cool loop-the-looper." Creepy-looking Kronosaurus, a sharklike sea-monster, may induce a good-natured shiver, but this prehistoric bunch should appeal to even the youngest dinosaur fans. It's a colorful, fun-filled interactive package, and readers will learn a little, even as they giggle over the fun goings-on.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
While seemingly light fare at first glance, Mitton's rhyming verses impart a fair amount of information about their dinosaur subjects, reflecting their behavior, food and eating habits and habitats. Peaceful Diplodocus's long neck can reach the leaves he eats, but watch out for that whip-like tail. Pteranadon's poem focuses on flight: "Watch how I whirl from the cliffs with a wheeeeeeeee! / swooping to scoop up a fish from the sea." Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops and Deinonychus round out the more well-known dinosaurs, while Kronosaurus and Mononykus represent the lesser-known species. Front endpapers offer a pronunciation guide, while back ones give extra bites of information. Chapman's illustrations reflect the text's subtle fact-underneath-fun manner. While her dinosaurs would not be out of place on any cartoon channel, their habitats and body structures are accurate, even if their colors may be a little outlandish. Allowing for motion of a sort, the flaps suit the topic well, especially since many of the dinosaurs are too large to fit on a spread. With great vocabulary, verses that scan well and a large trim size, this fits well into dinosaur-themed storytimes. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753462263
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Tony Mitton is a widely anthologized children's poet, as well as a teacher and performing poet. His Royal Raps won the 1997 Nottinghamshire Libraries/Dillons Children's Book Award.

Lynne Chapman is a freelance illustrator who has published over 25 books for children.

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