Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten

illus. by Ned Young. 40p. Disney-Hyperion. Jun. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781423175681.
PreS-Gr 1—Arnold, a young dinosaur, is preparing himself for his first day of kindergarten by transforming into Super Saurus, a masked hero. He is prepared just in case his teacher is Zorgo the Evil Genius, intent on feeding the class to his pet T. rex, Krok. Through the course of music, art class, and snack time, Arnold learns that Zorgo, or Mr. Z, is not the evil nemesis he has imagined and that he can be himself in kindergarten. The story will certainly appeal to young children, with the common theme of first-day jitters. The illustrations are dynamic and energetic, using different media and font styles to depict Arnold's imagined world. The bright and saturated colors create distinctive characters and detailed settings that fill the page. There is some sequential art and, in the style of a comic book, the arrangement of text across the page varies while the use of space fosters the parallels between Arnold's imagination and his kindergarten classroom.
VERDICT This animated story will provide an engaging read-aloud for preschoolers and young children, while early elementary students could enjoy exploring the detailed illustrations independently.

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