by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen; illus. by Zachariah OHora
32 pages; ages 4-8
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014
It's a perfectly normal day in the classroom. Apatosaurus is busy coloring, Pteranodon's busy with scissors and paper, and Velociraptor's sprinkling glitter everywhere. But not Tyrannosaurus - he can't seem to do anything right. No matter whether they're writing at the board, reading books in the quiet corner, or building towers with blocks.... Tyrannosaurus WRECKS it all!
What I love about this book - besides its wonderful rhyme and wacky imagination - is that Sudipta B-Q gives each little dinosaur its full multisyllabic name. And kids LOVE to say those names: Iguanodon, Stygimoloch, Styrachosaurus. For parents (and anyone else) who needs extra help, there's a handy-dandy illustrated pronunciation guide on the endpapers.
If you want to know what it would be like to be a young dinosaur, head over to Archimedes Notebook for a review of If You Were Raised By a Dinosaur. See you Friday for more dino-antics.
Review copy provided by publisher.