FICTION

Happy Hatchday

HarperCollins. (Dinosaur Juniors: Bk. 1). May 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780008325503.
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PreS-K–Nine little dinosaurs hatch from their eggs, including Otto, Sue, and the late one, Greg. Greg, who acts as the focal point, eagerly sets off to join his siblings after hatching. Sadly, by the time he finds them, they have already paired off. Not wanting to spoil their fun, he moves on, becoming more discouraged. All is not lost, though. Careful viewers may notice hints of an impending birthday party. The metered verse is concise and amusing, and the canvas-textured digital illustrations are eye-catching, making it ideal for storytime or for reading at home. Each dinosaur has a distinct color scheme, silhouette, and design that is sure to appeal to most preschoolers. Aside from the visual and auditory feast, the book also offers many engagement opportunities for storytellers, such as: lessons on friendship, taking chances, and counting, as well as extension activities like disco dancing.
VERDICT A well-rounded and adorably amusing start to a new picture book series

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