Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

Dinosaurs on my Street by David West, 64 pages.
    
“Don’t ask me how they got here. One day everything was normal, the next, they were everywhere!  Big, scary, meat-eating ones; giant, long-necked ones; noisy trumpeting ones; spiky armored ones and packs of dangerous little ones with sharp claws…”
    
In David West’s picture book, many types of dinosaurs have suddenly appeared on a modern city street. People and their pets are awestruck as they see a huge argentinosaurus loom over tall buildings and open its mouth to reveal jaws that could swallow a car in a single gulp. A brachiosaurus stretches up to eat the plants growing in the roof gardens on some of the city’s highest apartment buildings. A diplodocus, a gigantic raptor, an omeisaurus and a fierce triceratops cruise the streets while a hungry suchomimus looks for some tasty fish in the pond of the nearby park.
    
Dinosaur fans will be entranced by the amazing artwork in this book, which, using computer-generated artwork, places various types of dinosaurs in accurate proportion and size to the buildings and people around them.
    
The full-page illustrations are accompanied by easy-to-read dinosaur facts and a helpful pronunciation guide of dinosaur names for young readers.

** Recommended for ages 4 to 7 years.

How to Demolish Dinosaurs by Catherine Leblanc, 32 pages.
    
If dinosaurs should ever terrorize your neighbourhood, there’s no need to tremble. Help is available at your public library, where you can borrow Catherine Leblanc’s guide on the art of “demolishing” those sometimes pesky and often terrifying creatures.  
    
Here are some tips about these visitors from the past. Firstly, although most dinosaurs and their teeth are enormous, their brains are not. Thus, they can often be outwitted. Secondly, most – if not all - of them are ticklish. Thirdly, if all else fails, run away as fast as you can!
     
Special advice is offered on dealing with a tyrannosaurus rex – the scariest and most terrifying of all dinosaurs. When the rex opens its immense mouth and shows its teeth, simply wad up your math homework into a ball and toss it into his monstrous mouth. When it chews the homework, the calculations will give him a” terrifying tummy ache”!
    
In rhyming prose and with tongue firmly in cheek, this fun guide will prepare the reader to face their fears and deal with any type of dinosaur in short order.
     
If only every problem could be solved so easily!

** Recommended for ages 4 to 7 years. 

This review appeared in The Stratford Gazette on January 9, 2014. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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