February 21, 2011

Dinosaur Week - Mesozoic Monday

What better way to kick off dinosaur week than with our all-time favorite dinosaur book?  Ten Little Dinosaurs by Pattie Schnetzler is a terrifically Triassic counting book that flows with the rhythm of the playful children's rhyme "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed."  Two large googly eyeballs appear on the front cover, and re-appear on a new dinosaur with each turn of the page.  Ten Little Dinosaurs features a zany cast of familiar favorites such as Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, and Triceratops, as well as a few lesser known dinos like Chasmosaurus, Spinosaurus, and Saurolophus.  Beginning with ten dinosaurs bouncing on the bed, the book counts backwards as the story follows the misadventures of the unlucky dinosaurs until "they all disappear in a geologic wink."  The humorous illustrations by Jim Harris paint the perfect picture as Stegosaurus crashes his bike and smashes his spike, Tyrannosaurus breaks his tooth munching on a mooth, and Archaeopteryx jumps off a peak and tweaks his beak.  And never fear, the author thoughtfully included a glossary with a pronunciation guide inside the back cover, so saying a brain-bender like Pachycephalosaurus will be a breeze!

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