The Dino Detectives are off to the beach to use Ty's new invention, a treasure finder. They soon find some mysterious coins. The dinos must find clues to figure out what the coins are for.
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
These were cute books. Nothing hard about them but they carried the element of unknown which would later be revealed at the end of the novel. I liked the bold text which was written at the bottom of each page and each mystery was substantial and interesting. At the end of each story, there are story words which list about 4-6 words that were used in the novel and it also lists the word count of the novel. I think these would make wonderful beginning reader books because they hold a few challenging words and then sight words. There are four main characters (dinosaurs with names) that are introduced before the story begins. According to the Stone Arch Readers program- these Level 2 books have longer sentences, higher vocabulary and easy dialogue. I will definitely be looking into more of this series and then, other books in the Stone Arch Readers Program Level 1 – simple sentence, easy vocabulary, word repetition Level 2- see above Level 3 – full paragraphs, higher word count, high-interest topics The Mystery Coins- Ty makes an invention and they are going to try it out on the beach. It works and they discover coins. Using clues, they are lead to the other side of the beach. Hoping to discover what to do with their coins, the friends again use clues to solve the mystery. My 5-year-old granddaughter liked this book and she was using the clues as we read it, to help solve the case. The Surprise Prize – Sara loves Dino Delight cereal and she is eating boxes and boxes of the cereal so she can get a surprise prize by mailing in the box tops. All of her friends guess what the surprise might be and so does Sara. When the surprise comes, they imagine what could be in the box again. When Sara finally opens the box, everyone is surprised! My granddaughter liked this book also. We liked what Sara’s friends guessed and we made our own guesses. When the box arrived, we guessed again and my granddaughter guessed correctly what Sara had received. This was a fun book to read.