Express Delivery From Dinosaur World by Yanan Dong


 Express Delivery From Dinosaur World by Yanan Dong and translated by Helen Wang, Candied Plums Publishing, 9781945295003, 2017

Format: Hardcover

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

What did you like about the book? As the back of the book says, this is a book for children who truly adore dinosaurs. This large book is filled with adventures on each page. Dinosaurs are the stars as you make your way through ten adventures in the book. There is a maze, a mix and match page with flaps that make fantasy dinosaurs to only state a few. It is a creative book that engages children on many levels. Instead of a typical dinosaur book that is filled with information about dinosaurs, this book is a playful book that lets children use their imaginations. I especially liked the page at the end of the book that showed dinosaur eggs drawn in the style of various artists. It asks the child to imagine if artists were dinosaurs and their famous works of art were eggs. When the child lifts the flap, he sees the dinosaur along with the artist’s name and the painting the egg is fashioned after.

Anything you didn’t like about it? There are a lot of moving parts to this book, and it might not stand up to the wear and tear of multiple uses in a library. It seems like a book that someone would prefer to own, rather than borrow from a library.

To whom would you recommend this book? This is recommended for people of all ages. It reminds me a little of the book “The Eleventh Hour” by Graeme Base in that children and adults of all ages will enjoy it.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, elementary schools

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher Washington, DC.

Date of review: August 4, 2017

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