Dinosaur vs. Santa
By Bob Shea
(Disney-Hyperion, Hardcover, 9781423168065, 40pp.)
Publication Date: September 2012
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Dinosaur is getting ready for Santa! He tackles many challenges--decorating, making presents for Mom and Dad, trying not to be naughty--and defeats each one with his trademark ROAR! But on Christmas Eve, when he hears some rustling downstairs, he can't resist a peek. Will our feisty red friend meet his match in the man in the red suit? Complete with sparkly silver foil on the front cover and a removable letter to Santa for little ones to personalize, this funny and sweet book is a must-have for the holiday season.
Bob Shea (www.bobshea.com) is the author-illustrator of DINOSAUR VS. BEDTIME, DINOSAUR VS. THE POTTY, DINOSAUR VS. THE LIBRARY, and several other picture books, such as I'M A SHARK (Balzer and Bray). He also illustrated BIG PLANS by Lane Smith. Dinosaur was inspired by his son, Ryan. Bob is an eager and talented promoter of his books. He has his own graphic design company and lives in Connecticut.
In this follow-up to Dinosaur vs. the Potty (2010), the rebellious little monster creature gets ready for Christmas. Can he write a letter to Santa? Yes. Roar! Dinosaur wins. It is the same with decorations, gifts for Mom and Dad, and more. Roar! The red and green colors make this a fun Christmas read-aloud for toddlers who will recognize how hard it is not to get things wrong as tension rises during holiday preparations. The climax is when the choo-choo that Dinosaur asked for in his letter appears.- Hazel Rochman—Booklist Online
Shea's red dinosaur has always been adorable as he's battled bedtime, the potty, and the library in earlier books, but in a snowsuit or sweaters festooned with snowmen and reindeer, he's downright irresistible. He's also grown up a bit: not only does Dinosaur emerge victorious in the realms of tree-decorating ("Roar! Balls! Roar! Lights! Dinosaur wins!") and present making (popsicle-stick frames are the order of the day), he's also disciplined enough to leave Santa's cookies alone. The wrapping paper style backgrounds and vintage flourishes in Shea's artwork are especially well suited to a holiday story, and Dinosaur's unbridled energy is as infectious as ever. Ages 2 6.—PW
The rambunctious little red dino previously tackled bedtime (rev. 9/08), the potty (rev. 1/11), and the library. Now Dinosaur's getting ready for Christmas-writing Santa a letter ("ROAR! DRAW! SCRIBBLE! ROAR!"), decorating, making presents-and triumphing in each small battle ("Dinosaur wins!"). Temptation (in the form of a gingerbread cookie) almost bests him while he's "being extra good," but Dinosaur's greatest challenge is "falling asleep on Christmas Eve." The dynamic dino stands out amongst the bold holiday colors, thick lines, expressive type, and minimal mixed-media illustrations. Shea's lively sense of humor and relatable-to-preschoolers scenarios will make this a holiday read-aloud hit. cynthia k. ritter—Horn Book
PreS Roar! Roar! Roar! Feisty little Dinosaur comes out on top of every challenge: writing a letter to Santa, decorating the tree, and making presents for his parents. But the outcome isn't so certain when it comes to being extra good, not to mention staying awake on Christmas Eve. Will Santa put Dinosaur on his naughty list? Never fear, Dinosaur wins every round. Energetic, retro mixed-media illustrations depict Dinosaur in a series of fabulous Christmas sweaters, smothering the bottom third of the tree in ornaments and lights, and roaring his way through the best Christmas ever. A must for most collections. Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library—SLJ
Fresh from roaring out at bedtime (2008), at potty training (2010) and in the library (2011) Shea's prehistoric preschooler takes on Christmas. Flashing dentifrice that would do a shark proud, the diminutive dino "attacks" a letter to Santa, struts proudly away from a newly decorated (at least in its lower branches) tree, glues up crafty gifts for the parents and heroically takes a pass on a tempting gingerbread cookie ("Dinosaur versus / being extra good!"). After sneaking downstairs for a Santa sighting ("something no dinosaur should ever do"), he even surmounts the supreme challenge of falling asleep on Christmas Eve. Flashing expressions that range from fierce scowls and high jubilation to a less showy-but more substantial-grimace of triumph (see cookie encounter, above), the energetic urchin gambols across appropriately noisy scatterings of crayons, craft sticks, glitter and various (secular) signs of the season placed by the author against backgrounds of solid color alternating with plaid and other patterns. "DINOSAUR WINS!" So will young readers and listeners likewise charged up with dino DNA. (Picture book. 3-5)—Kirkus