Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (Dinosaur vs. Series #1)

by Bob Shea (Author) Bob Shea (Illustrator)

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (Dinosaur vs. Series #1)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Roaaaar! Roaar! Nothing can stop me! Nothing can stop little dinosaur-not talking grownups, spaghetti, or even bath time. But what happens when he faces the biggest challenge of all?bedtime? With spare text and irresistible dinosaur roaaars, little dinosaurs will be begging for this book to be read again and again.

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Publishers Weekly

Starred Review
Shea ("New Socks") makes a hilarious commentator as his hero, a small red dinosaur, elevates everyday encounters into a series of matches worthy of the WWF. Dinosaur versus... "a bowl of spaghetti"! announces Shea and, with a trio of bold typographic roars (and two chomps), the bowl is vanquished. "Dinosaur wins again"! declares Shea, as Dinosaur coolly acknowledges his triumph. Again and again, Dinosaur proves unbeatablethe foes he defeats include a pile of leaves, a big slide and talking grown-upsbut the title hints at his Achilles heel. Dinosaur may not resemble anything found in a paleontology textbook, but he's a terrific surrogate. Incorporating paper, paint, photo collage and quick strokes of crayon, Shea's freewheeling compositions convey both a beguiling spontaneity and a preschooler's sense of invincibility. Kids will be only too happy to capitulate to this irresistible package. Ages 26. "(Sept.)" Copyright 2008 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

School Library Journal

PreS-K--No wonder the small but feisty red dinosaur depicted here faces his biggest challenge at bedtime. A supersize text of bold black letters announces: "ROAR! NOTHING CAN STOP ME!" as the youngster takes on everyday things in his world and wins, time and time again. "Dinosaur versus]a BIG SLIDE! ROAR! ROAR! ROAR! DINOSAUR WINS!" Dinosaur leaps and runs off the simple but vivid backgrounds to face his next opponents"a bowl of spaghetti," "talking grown-ups," and a bath before succumbing to sleep. Illustrations with strong lines and bright colors keep the energy high without being cluttered. The predictable text and lively expressions of this cartoonlike character will appeal to kids who are on the go all day. Just don't expect them to go down quietly as they will be roaring right along with this little hero."Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY"

Copyright 2008 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

Roar! Roar! Nothing can stop a dinosaur. Whether our little dinosaur guy is facing off against a pile of leaves, a big slide, a bowl of spaghetti, or talking grown-ups, the result is always the same: "Dinosaur wins!" Dinosaur's biggest challenge, however, is bedtime, and when his roars diminish and turn into snores, it's clear that bedtime has bested him again. It's almost impossible to read this silently, so enticing is the sequence of roars and the Wrestlemania-style trouncing of adversaries, with page turns dramatically heralding each new opponent and every dinosaur victory. Visuals have the same vigor and joie de vivre as the text: Dinosaur, a fire-engine-red critter barely contained by solid, crayonesque lines, may be spicily clawed and pointy-teethed, but he's as much preschooler as he is stegosaurus with his bounce, sub-grownup size, stripy PJs, and bedtime wilting. Digital precision marries with retro styling in backgrounds of celery and harvest gold and touches of pattern, while interspersed photographic collage elements and big type, often in dramatic all-caps, add emphasis and interest. Young dinosaurs will soon join in gleefully on the roars and the repeated refrain, and sheer literary momentum may be enough to send listeners roaring off to bed along with Dinosaur. BCCB"
Bob Shea

Bob Shea has written and illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, and is the author of Big Plans, illustrated by Lane Smith. His writing career began at Comedy Central, and his characters and animations have appeared on Nick Jr., Playhouse Disney, and PBS Kids.

Lane Smith is a four-time recipient of the New York Times Best Illustrated Book award and a two-time Caldecott Honor recipient, most recently for Grandpa Green. He is the author and illustrator of Abe Lincoln's Dream and It's a Book, which ahs been translated into over twenty languages, among many other books.

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781423113355
Lexile Measure
130L
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
September 20, 2008
Series
Dinosaur vs. Series
Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award
Nominee 2009 - 2009

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