Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Dino-Thanksgiving - a bookwrap





From the Series Dino-Holidays

Authored by Lisa Wheeler

Illustrated by Barry Gott

Ages:  5-9

Grade Level:  K-3

Reading Level:  Grade 2

Hardcover:  32 pages

Publisher:  Lerner Publishing Group 

* Pub. Date:  2020-09-01

* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

"In the latest installment of the Dino-Holidays series, a jaunty rhyme scheme ('Out back, little cousins play:/ Ping-pong, tag, and lawn croquet./ Raptor helps them fly a kite./ They're building up an appetite!') and bright digital illustrations depict dinosaurs coming together in chaotic community to observe Thanksgiving. The dinos, it turns out, celebrate much the same way humans do: visiting family; watching the annual Thanksgiving parade and football games; cooking and eating a variety of dishes, including 'turkey, stuffing, pie, and more'; and gathering around a bonfire with their community. Colorful typography emphasizes the names of dinosaurs based on their species (Compy, Tricera, Pteros, etc.), though the full names of species are never clarified. While the holiday's grim origins are largely omitted, aside from a parade balloon wearing a Puritan's hat, the mention of football team 'the Redscales' strikes a problematic note. Even so, this glimpse of prehistoric reptiles giving thanks should entertain young dinosaur fans."―Publishers Weekly

"It's time to celebrate another holiday with the dinosaurs, and this time they're filled with Thanksgiving cheer. Preparations for the big day are underway: there are groceries to procure, flights to catch, and turkeys to brine (don't worry, the triceratops is making veggie options, too). The dinos are also excited to take in a football game, marvel at parades, and meander through corn mazes. When, at long last, it's time to feast on the carefully curated dinner, they all give thanks for food and family. Wheeler's silly, rhyming text has a pleasing bounce, impressively managing to rhyme tricky dinosaur names with familiar traditions. Gott's cheerful digital illustrations paint a cozy world of colorful dinosaurs in an amusingly human setting, from detailed grocery stores to airports bustling with prehistoric travelers. Young readers will recognize many of the traditions from their own celebrations, and if they're disappointed to see the festivities end, never fear: on the last page, dinosaurs look forward to decorating Easter eggs. A delightful holiday read-aloud for dinosaur devotees."―Booklist Journal 

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

This fun book gives readers a peek at how dinosaurs celebrate Thanksgiving.  It is upbeat, joyous and energetic.  The dinosaurs are busy indeed preparing the Thanksgiving feast, flying in from all over the country for the big event and looking so forward to spending this special day together.  

As they await that scrumptious meal to cook they attend a celebratory parade, play a robust game of football and explore a huge corn maze.  Their energy is boundless but the one thing in the back of their minds is ... when are we going to eat?  Finally the time has arrived to sit down together and indulge.  Before they do they give thanks for the abundance of great food before them and for their beloved friends and  families. 

Written in rhyme this book invites readers into their frolicking day and reminds them of the same familiar traditions that human families will be experiencing also.  The illustrations are truly fabulous!  They are colourful and full of activity and details.  I love them.  Does the fun and excitement end after the plates are cleaned, washed and tucked back in the cupboards?  No way.... the dinosaurs are already planning their Easter celebration.  This book is a perfect read-aloud and kids ( and adults ) who love dinosaurs will want to read the book over and over again.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 

Meet the Author

Lisa Wheeler is the award-winning author of the Dino-Sports books. When she isn't running around the country visiting schools, standing at podiums, and eating airport snacks, she resides in Michigan.

About the Illustrator

Barry Gott is an illustrator whose work has appeared on greeting cards and in national magazines. He has also illustrated "Be Brown", by Barbara Bottner. He lives with his wife and son in Cleveland, Ohio.

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