How Dinosaurs Went Extinct: A Safety Guide

Little, Brown. Apr. 2023. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316593298.
PreS-Gr 2–In this very fictional account of how dinosaurs went extinct, a curious child wants to know what really happened and, of course, Dad has some theories: “Spinosaurus swam after eating,” “Compsoagnathus stood in shopping carts,” and “dinosaurs didn’t clean their rooms and got buried.” Of course, these notions hilariously coincide with common parent and child situations; will his tactics work on his own child? Harney’s illustrations of exaggerated facial expressions pair perfectly with the expressive text to accurately depict the emotions of every character. While the mother objects to the father’s antics at first, the pictures and speech bubbles show her dawning understanding of his purpose. Dyckman’s humor has done it again. For youngsters who love dinosaurs, this is the perfect book to get them giggling while also learning a little bit about these extinct animals; the theories are silly in nature, but the pictures and pronunciations provided are accurate throughout.
VERDICT Elementary classrooms and libraries will benefit by including this book, sure to be loved by primary students.

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