Vacation's Over!: Return of the Dinosaurs

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Welcome home, dinosaurs! The worst part of vacation is coming home. There's laundry to do, mail to pick up, and photos to develop. It's such a hassle. So when the dinosaurs return from their vacation (they're not really extinct, you see), just imagine what they have to go through! Much has changed in the millions of years since they left on a spaceship cruise. Can Earth handle their return

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Overview

Welcome home, dinosaurs! The worst part of vacation is coming home. There's laundry to do, mail to pick up, and photos to develop. It's such a hassle. So when the dinosaurs return from their vacation (they're not really extinct, you see), just imagine what they have to go through! Much has changed in the millions of years since they left on a spaceship cruise. Can Earth handle their return

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School Library Journal
Gr 2—After vacationing in space for a few million years, the creatures once thought to be extinct return home. Cartoon-style, digitally enhanced paintings show a variety of dinosaurs catching up on laundry, mowing an overgrown lawn, developing photos, and buying school supplies. However, the dinosaurs also need to adapt to challenges of the modern world: the temptation to eat humans, the Great Wall that blocks access to a portable dinosaur toilet, and a petrified pet at home in the cave. This strange mix of reality and fantasy concludes with a serene spread in which a dinosaur peacefully snores while dreaming of his next vacation. If there was an ironic intent in the text ("Good to have you back home again"), it may be lost on children who see a skeptical, even fearful pet dog, trapped under the slumbering Rex's claws. While avid dinosaur fans may appreciate the wacky scenarios, most would be better served by a more successful melding of past and present, such as Chris Gall's Dinotrux (Little, Brown, 2009).—Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD
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They're not extinct, after all—they've just been on an interstellar cruise for a few million years. And now they're back, loaded down with tourist snapshots and dirty laundry, eager to slip back into their suburban routines. A purple brachiosaurus finds herself stymied by the Great Wall of China, which has interposed itself between her and her accustomed toilet facility; a stegosaurus visits the post office looking for a package ordered millions of years ago; T. Rex arrives home to his cave to find his pet fossilized. Readers of the popular Jane Yolen/Mark Teague How Do Dinosaurs... titles are in for a severe case of déjà vu, as Kulka's huge, clothed dinos look an awful lot like Teague's, and the illustrations are likewise all about how silly they look in human-sized settings. The author's versification skills are far less evolved than Yolen's, however—"They rode on Venusian coasters, / played on alien shores, / indulged in the lavish buffets, / and took all the scenic tours"—and this homage is likely to be a roaring disappointment to series fans. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761352129
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Carolrhoda Picture Bks
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Kulka is an award-winning author and illustrator. His book Wolf's Coming! has won or been nominated for many children's books awards. Wolf's Coming! won the 2008 Wanda Gág Award for Best Book to Read Aloud to Children and was chosen by School Library Journal as one the best books of 2007. The Rope is another picture book by Joe, as is the upcoming book, Vacation's Over!: Return of the Dinosaurs. Recent picture books that Joe has illustrated include Gingerbread Man, Superhero! and The Story of Smokey Bear. Visit his web site at www.joekulka.com.

Joe Kulka is an award-winning author and illustrator. His book Wolf's Coming! has won or been nominated for many children's books awards. Wolf's Coming! won the 2008 Wanda Gág Award for Best Book to Read Aloud to Children and was chosen by School Library Journal as one the best books of 2007. The Rope is another picture book by Joe, as is the upcoming book, Vacation's Over!: Return of the Dinosaurs. Recent picture books that Joe has illustrated include Gingerbread Man, Superhero! and The Story of Smokey Bear. Visit his web site at www.joekulka.com.

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