Thesaurus Has a Secret

HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. Oct. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062916051.
PreS-Gr 2–In this sweet tale of an anthropomorphized dinosaur, Thesaurus lives up to his name and then some. While this endearing dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary seems ordinary, he is hiding his favorite hobby from his friends for fear of being teased. When the other dinosaurs find out his secret, however, Thesaurus finds there is nothing better than sharing a story with friends. The more complex words in this picture book may be challenging for younger readers, though the message and text are ideal for a read-aloud. Adults may appreciate the literary references in the book titles Glazer incorporates in the scenes of Thesaurus sneaking away to read. The pastel shades of the multimedia cartoon-style artwork are engaging and accompany the text well.
VERDICT A charming picture book for young readers, especially dinosaur lovers, about the joy of sharing a good book.

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