Dinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea

dinosaur vs school

Dinosaur vs. School
Bob Shea
3.5 Stars

In this newest edition of the Dinosaur books Dinosaur is headed to school. And he is roaring just as much as ever. But because it is school there are some fun subtleties that let you know it is a school setting. For example the title page looks like it is on the lined paper school kids use to learn how to write (the type with solid lines at the top and the bottom with a dashed line in the middle). Also, there are a lot of illustrations where it is just an outline of the characters with a few added extras (like googly eyes) that give the story a feeling of happy kindergarten school days (especially with the scribbled drawings that perfectly showcase fun emotions typical of children in a style similar to what a child could draw–if the child could draw as well as Bob Shea). Plus there are fun little details like monster Buddy on the lunchbox that will delight fans of Bob Shea. As usual I love how there are some drawings and some photos of different objects (like the different lunch foods) that give the illustrations depth. And every grownup who reads this will absolutely laugh at the expressions of children who are told to clean up. The more I read Bob Shea books the more I have to look to see those extra details that make me love his books. And this new Dinosaur book is another happy edition to add to my story time booklists.

What to do after reading this book:
Visit a school.
Make and eat a school lunch.
Draw some pictures.
Practice writing your letters on lined paper.
Clean up a room.

Disney Hyperion, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4231-6087-8
FORMAT: Picture Book
AGES: Preschool

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