Never Follow a Dinosaur – Alex Latimer


51cwcg4ew9l       Never Follow a Dinosaur – Alex Latimer, Peachtree, (9781561457045), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Joe and his sister Sally find some strange footprints in the house and follow them convinced they were made by a dinosaur.  Along the way they use their imaginations to add descriptive adjectives to the idea of the dinosaur as they come across various scenarios.  For instance, first they see the footprints and follow them to the cat’s food bowl, so ‘’It must be a very hungry dinosaur.’”  Later they find that the footprints are deep, go into the pond and become a bit scrambled so… “‘Probably some sort of dance,’ said Sally. ‘I’d say it’s a hungry, heavy, swimming, dancing dinosaur.’”  Each new adjective is in bold type making it stand out for the reader.  The illustrations were rendered in pencil, digitized  and then finished with color and texture and they are full of details and fun. The dinosaur does to life in a large thought bubble from the children.  At first the dinosaur is a tiny figure within the large white bubble, but as the children add imaginative details, the bubble fills.  Readers will love this funny, slightly goofy, dinosaur!

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a wonderful addition to story times with a theme of imagination.  Children who love dinosaurs will also love this one.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?   Picture Book

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 1/14/17             

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