Sunday, December 8, 2019

Review - Dyno Dinosaur Family Christmas Adventures

Dyno Dinosaur Family Christmas Adventures
by Sharida McKenzie
illustrated by Tatiana Minina
Date: 2018
Publisher: Sharida McKenzie
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 46
Format: e-book

Let your child’s imagination run wild in this immersive and delightful collection of Christmas short story picture books starring the Dyno Dinosaur Family! Experience the Christmas spirit with the Dyno family as they laugh, play and celebrate together all while helping Santa and Mrs. Claus prepare presents for all the little girls and boys. The stories and illustrations magnificently capture the warmth and magic of the holidays. The dinosaur lover in your family will treasure this creative twist on Christmas! Perfect for kids ages 0-6.

Titles include:
1. Santa and the Flying Dinosaurs
2. Dyno Kids Visit Santa’s Workshop
3. Decorating the Christmas Tree with the Dyno Family
4. Dyno Family Snow Day

(synopsis from Goodreads)

To be fair, I'm not the audience for this. I'm not a kid aged 0-6, nor do I have a kid aged 0-6. So maybe it's because of this that I didn't find a lot to love in this storybook. There are four short "stories" in here, but they're basically little plotless scenes with dinosaurs doing Christmas stuff. The writing is uneven (who needs consistent punctuation?) and the meter is really clunky in places.

But the illustrations kind of saved this one for me. I'm not entirely sure why it's snowing indoors in the middle two stories, but the rest of the pictures are pretty cute... especially in "Dyno Family Snow Day". I love the dinosaur kids in their onesie pajamas! That alone is worth checking out.

I wish there had been more plot to these "stories", because the concept of these anthropomorphized dinosaurs is really cute. The illustrations are quite strong, but they need a stronger narrative to really make them shine.

Premise: 2/5
Meter: 2/5
Writing: 2/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 2.71 out of 5

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