I Am Allosaurus

Arbordale. Mar. 2020. Tr. 32p. $17.95. ISBN 9781643517490.
PreS-Gr 2–Simple, repetitive text and engaging illustrations follow an allosaurus from birth to adulthood. Three-word sentences feature basic vocabulary and consistent structure: “I am Allosaurus. I can hide. I am Allosaurus. I can hunt.” The simple sentence structure makes the book accessible to the earliest readers, while dynamic drawings provide excitement. Two-page spreads depict the dinosaur exploring its world with caution, then becoming more active as it grows. The young dinosaur hunts and eats a dragonfly. The adult allosaurus chooses a large stegosaurus as its prey. Physical features are conveyed accurately, with just the right touch of personality in the protagonist’s eyes. Clear, uncluttered layouts focus on the allosaurus with a good variety of perspectives as it interacts with other creatures in the prehistoric setting; the other animals are not identified by species. The final illustrated spread shows its skeleton in a museum: “I am Allosaurus. I am extinct.” A closing section provides details about the allosaurus and lists the time periods when it existed, expanding on the intentionally limited information. This could be useful to teachers, parents, and caregivers.
VERDICT An appealing choice for beginning readers who like dinosaurs and action.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing