Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad (Rory the Dinosaur #1)

by Liz Climo (Author)

Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad (Rory the Dinosaur #1)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Meet Rory, the dinosaur.

He loves spending time with his dad, but today he wants to go on his own adventure and explore his island home. He can't wait to tell his dad all about the things he can do all by himself, from crossing rivers to finding shelter from the rain. Little does Rory know, his father is never far behind. There's nothing Rory's dad won't do for his intrepid son--he'll even let him think he's made the journey all by himself.

Comic artist Liz Climo celebrates the bond between father and child with her adorable, deceptively simple illustrations and her timeless story of a child's quest for independence.

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PreS-Gr 1--Rory is an energetic dinosaur who lives on an island with his father. When Rory's dad needs quiet time, Rory sets out to find some adventures all by himself. Little does he know, Dad is there every step of the way to make sure that nothing goes wrong. Bright colors and clean lines help bring these whimsical characters, previously seen in Climo's comic blog, to life. Climo's hand lettering lends a folksy quality to the otherwise sleek style of her digital artwork. Ample white space on each page and small pieces of text make this a read-aloud option with broad appeal. VERDICT An excellent addition for most collections.--Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library

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Liz Climo
Liz Climo grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Los Angeles after college to work as a character artist on The Simpsons. She is the illustrator of You Don't Want a Unicorn! and Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back?, as well as the author and illustrator of the Rory the Dinosaur series, You're Mom, Please Don't Eat Me, The Little World of Liz Climo, Lobster is the Best Medicine, and Best Bear Ever! Liz currently lives with her husband, their daughter, and their dog Shooby. You can see more of her work at or on Instagram (@LizClimo).
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
May 20, 2021
Rory the Dinosaur
BISAC categories
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JUV013060 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Library of Congress categories
Fathers and sons
Adventure and adventurers
Adventure stories
Self-reliance in children

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