Dino-Wrestling (Dino-Sports)

by Lisa Wheeler (Author) Barry Gott (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Dino-Sports
The Dino-Wrestling Jamboree is ON! Dinos compete in all styles of wrestling at this gigantic event. Allo and Ankylo grapple in a folkstyle match. Lucha Libre fans go wild as the masked Tarbosaurus takes on Iguano. Tricera and Gigano loom large on the sumo dohyo, while over in the freestyle tent, Leso and Compy battle for the pin. Just what will happen when the Diplo and Ptero tag teams rumble in the WWD fight? You won't want to miss this action!
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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--At the Dino-Wrestling Jamboree, the participants use six different styles to compete in the events: Allosaurus vs. Ankylosaurus in folkstyle; Tarbosaurus vs. Iguanodon in lucha libre; Stegosaurus and T. rex in Greco-Roman; Giganotosaurus vs. Triceratops in the sumo tradition; and freestyle and tag team. Many of the styles are probably unfamiliar to children, but not for long. The illustrations do a great job of depicting wrestling moves, the action in general, and spot-on facial expressions. As each event progresses, the naughty but amusing Pterodactyl Twins inevitably show up: "But this is not the Twins' event./Security throws them out the tent!" When the Twins' turn finally arrives, it's the pro tag team event, and they are "Ready to Rumble." In an homage to the WWF of the 1980s, it ends in a free-for-all that causes the tent to fall down. The rhyming text is fun to read with the dinosaurs' names in bold font in either red or green depending on their dining preference (carnivore = red, herbivore = green). Their wrestling gear is in the same hues. This action-packed, informational book will be snapped up by lovers of Wheeler and Gott's previous dino-sports titles, and by newcomers.--Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH

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Publishers Weekly

Wheeler and Gott continue to pit dino against dino in athletic competitions; having already covered football, soccer, baseball, basketball, and hockey, they explore different forms of wrestling in this addition to their series. In the first bout, a singlet-wearing ankylosaurus takes down an allosaurus; lucha libre, Greco-Roman, and sumo wrestling follow, among other styles, and the ultra-rowdy final pages celebrate "the superstars of the WWD" ("As officials call for quiet, / fans joins in. Now it's a riot!"). As usual, Gott offers dynamic, vivid interpretations of each showdown, and the last page teases the next book in the series (think Tony Hawk). Ages 5-9. (Oct.)

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Review quotes

"Perhaps easily dismissed at first glance, the prolific Wheeler's dino-sports books (hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball, and football already included) offer charming fun and genuine sports action for young audiences. Instead of generic fights, Wheeler offers, in rhyme, six matches featuring various wresting styles: folk style, lucha libre, Greco-Roman, sumo, freestyle, and pro tag team. She offers salient facts about each style and the culture that developed it and identifies each of the dino-combatants by their scientific names, all while wrapping the education in clever humor (the T. rex's tiny arms, for instance, leave him outmatched in Greco-Roman wrestling, in which the use of legs is barred). Gott's cuddly style does not stop him from producing anatomically identifiable dinosaurs, allowing young experts to root for their favorites, and he tops it off by including accurate wrestling moves for each of the matches, from the tight grappling of folk style to the wild brawling of pro tag team. Many a little reader will do a victory dance in the stacks for this combination of dinosaurs and hand-to-hand combat." —Booklist Online

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Carolrhoda Books (R)
Publication date
October 01, 2013
BISAC categories
JUV000000 - Juvenile Fiction | General
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme

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