Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Review - Dinosaurs Count

Dinosaurs Count
by S. J. Bushue
illustrated by Cassie Allen
Date: 2019
Publisher: Star Bright Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book non-fiction
Pages: 19
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

Dinosaurs Count is a fun-filled numerical journey to the prehistoric land of dinosaurs. Together, young readers and baby dinosaurs learn to count 1-10 using tails, claws, wings, toes, and other body parts. Each scene depicts a cuddly creature paired with its name and pronunciation. The color palettes of the numerals and respective body parts match to help children easily identify and recognize them. The text also features exciting facts about each dinosaur and an illustrated size chart.

Cassie Allen’s illustrations gently introduce children to a range of dinosaur species, from recognizable favorites (Tyrannosaurus Rex) to recently discovered anomalies (Changyuraptor). Each creature is shy, inquisitive, and eager to explore its surroundings—much like the young explorers who will delightfully read this book.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is a cute counting book featuring baby dinosaurs. Each spread features a picture of a newly hatched beast, their name, and a number that corresponds to something about the dinosaur (feathers, claws, wings, etc.).

The back of the book has information about each dinosaur, along with a comparative size chart. That part of the book may be a little beyond the audience (it's a book for teaching numbers, after all), but it's still interesting.

Phonetic pronunciations are included for all the dinosaur species (thank goodness!) but I'm completely baffled by the one for the velociraptor. How do you pronounce it? For me, it's ve-LOSS-i-rap-tor. In this book? It's VELL-os-EE-rap-TOR. I don't know where that even came from, but I'm pretty sure it's incorrect.

Aside from that, though, this is a cute little book. Kids who love dinosaurs will probably enjoy this one (even if they just want to skip to the end and read the little blurbs).

Thank you to NetGalley and Star Bright Books for providing a digital ARC.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3 out of 5

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