Here We Go Digging for Dinosaur Bones by Susan Lendroth, illustrated by Bob Kolar. Charlesbridge, 2020. 9781623541040
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? A nice dinosaur book for story time, with text to sing and read. A crew of four kids sets off to dig for dinosaur fossils. Each page opening takes the reader to a different step in an paleontologist’s job: digging, hiking, scanning the ground, excavating, etc. Brief sing-song text can be sung to the tune of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush,” while a small insert of facts can be read for more information. Cute, stylized computer art in warm colors shows the kids of different races and genders in Montana’s Hell Creek Formation going through all the steps, from digging to erecting the bones into the skeleton of a T. Rex at a museum. Back matter adds more information for budding scientists, and includes identification of several animals seen throughout the book, as well as suggestions for acting our the story.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? A cute introduction to dinosaurs for story time or home enjoyment for ages 3-5.
Who should buy this book? Day cares, elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: July 1, 2020