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Dinosaurs Don't, Dinosaurs Do Review by Brandi TesreauSteve Björkman
Holiday House, Inc.
425 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Before reading Dinosaurs Don't, Dinosaurs Do by Steve Björkman, I had no idea dinosaurs were such pleasant creatures. These dinosaurs would be welcome in my home any day, and they should be in yours, too! Their good manners, appropriate behavior, and kind disposition are sure to rub off on your children in no time.
Dinosaurs Don't, Dinosaurs Do is a quality hardback book featuring large, easy-to-read text and hilarious illustrations. Each 2-page spread portrays dinosaurs doing something they shouldn't and doing something they should. For instance, one of my favorites shows a T-Rex shoving pancakes into his mouth and syrup flying everywhere with the caption: "Dinosaurs don't eat like this." The next page shows a pretty pink dinosaur with neatly stacked pancakes happily passing the syrup to another dinosaur that is appropriately using his fork with the caption: "Dinosaurs eat like this." The entire 24-page book follows this pattern. It is simple but effective--easy to read, yet engaging. My first grader read it with ease and pointed out that the predictable pattern was what she liked so much about it.
This book is an I Like to Read(TM) book, a new picture book series that provides even the newest reader with a quality and satisfying reading experience. All books in the series are written at a kindergarten/first grade reading level. They have simple sentences, repetition, familiar vocabulary, and illustrations that closely match the text.
The website offers a full color brochure about the series in Adobe format, and a complete listing of the, at present, four books in the series. The books are a little more expensive than the average, paperback easy-readers. Cost is $14.95 per book, but they are high quality and remind me of all the "shelf worthy" books I have read to my kids over the years, and will keep around for grandkids one day.
Though Dinosaurs Don't, Dinosaurs Do was purposefully written as an easy reader, I think it would also make a great read-aloud to the younger crowd, so I recommend it as both. In fact, I know of three little nephews who would love this book!