Looking at the smiling “Dino Detectives” featured in another of their series books, young readers will guess that the bright and happy colored faces in the drawings are going to take us on a fun adventure that has some mysterious parts to it. They would be partially correct. Strange looking coins found on a beach lead four of the jolly dinos to consider playing detective at the sea side. Their mission is to discover where the coins come from, and what the unusual pictures are pictured on each. Their search leads them to a carnival nearby where all the clues seem to point to a carnival as the answer to the mystery. There are story words on the last page without any definitions with them so there is work required of a teacher or other adult to explain how each fits into the story. There is a total of some two hundred and eighty six words in the text which comprise the very simplistic plot. Younger readers will enjoy the bright colored drawings provided by Harpster but nothing much happens from page to page. The book is designed to introduce early readers to longer sentences and a little higher vocabulary. Unless young children have some idea of what a carnival is it may be hard to keep their attention. Other books in the “Dino Detective” series are shown at the story’s conclusion. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy; Ages 4 to 7.
Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 9.43 (h) x 0.24 (d)
Meet the Author
Anita Yasuda is the published author of children's books. She and her family live in Southern Ontario. When she is not writing, she is hiking with her dog Ted, playing tetherball or planning a new adventure.
Steve Harpster has loved to draw funny cartoons, mean monsters, and goofy gadgets since he was able to pick up a pencil. In first grade, he avoided writing assignments by working on the pictures for stories instead. Steve was able to land a job drawing funny pictures for books, and that's really what he's best at. Steve lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wonderful wife, Karen, and their sheepdog, Doodle.