Three Little Dinosaurs

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With its sweet illustrations, appealing characters, and clever concept, Charles Fuge's wonderful new picture book really soars to imaginative heights.
 
Scratch, Spike, and Lofty--a friendly trio of dinosaurs--dream only about flying. So one day they climb a volcano, hoping that if they jump off the edge and flap, they just might really take flight.  But it turns out that flying is harder than it ...
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Overview

With its sweet illustrations, appealing characters, and clever concept, Charles Fuge's wonderful new picture book really soars to imaginative heights.
 
Scratch, Spike, and Lofty--a friendly trio of dinosaurs--dream only about flying. So one day they climb a volcano, hoping that if they jump off the edge and flap, they just might really take flight.  But it turns out that flying is harder than it seems--until a kind pterodactyl shows them the way, and helps them turn “let's pretend” into reality.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K—Scratch (Tyrannosaurus rex), Lofty (Brachiosaurus), and Sniff (Monoclonius) share a dream. They want to fly. Climbing to the top of the highest place they know, the volcano, the friends try to achieve liftoff like Mrs. Brachiosaurus's winged friend, Terry Dactyl. They flap their arms, just as they practiced earlier with some leaves, but they fall "head-over-heels" and land "in a crumbled heap. OUCH!" Their first attempt at flight fails, but they are able to soar through the air when they receive help from Terry. Homemade pinecone pie is served after the dinosaurs arrive home, but before they go to bed to dream about flying, they watch "Terry and his friends swoop and glide over the volcano." Fuge's brightly colored dinosaurs express their emotions with their whole being. The area they live in resembles an oasis, and because the story takes them to various heights, readers will be able to see their home from many different perspectives. Large, uncluttered pictures and brief text make this a good choice for group sharing.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Plot plays a minor role at best in this brightly illustrated tale of three cute, stubby-limbed dinos getting a taste of flight. Scratch, Sniff and Lofty--respectively a tyrannosaur, a ceratopsid and a brachiosaur--lumber energetically about their airy, open landscape, waving big leaves and even jumping off the top of a volcano in fruitless efforts to fly. Discouraged, they're about to give up when along comes Terry Dactyl to offer them a ride on his back. "We really are flying!" they cry, before being dropped off atop Mrs. Brachiosaurus' head and sliding down her back ("Whee!") to the ground. The three prehistoric preschoolers proceed to sit down with slices of pinecone pie to watch Terry and his buddies swoop and soar as the sun sinks, and then it's off to bed and further airborne dreams. Only carping critics will wonder how the playmates had missed spotting the Pterosaurs before. A cozy, briefly told wish-fulfillment tale, lit up by pictures whose clear colors and solid-looking figures are easy on the eyes. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402796456
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 455,593
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Popular author Charles Fuge has won both the Macmillan Prize and the Mother Goose Award for his first book, Bush Vark's Day Out. His credits include the hugely popular Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball (“Highly Commended” for the Kate Greenaway Medal, 2001), I Know a Rhino, and My Dad!, and he is widely recognized for his Little Wombat series. Fuge lives in Dorset, England.
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