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We Love Dinosaurs
Contributor(s): Volpin, Lucy
ISBN: 0763699594     ISBN-13: 9780763699598
Publisher: Nosy Crow
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: June 2018
Annotation: Rhyming text and bright watercolor illustrations combine in an ode to dinosaur varieties that incorporates concept themes about opposites and diversity. A first picture book.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dinosaurs; Fiction.
Stories in rhyme.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Opposites
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Words
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018109749
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 10.25" W x 0.35" (1.10 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Lucy Volpin has a passion for the pencil, but as she is dyslexic, she never imagined that she would not only be illustrating but writing stories, too. She lives in rural Devon, England, with her husband and enjoys spending time renovating their barn conversion, walking, singing, and making a mess in her studio. This is her first picture book.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

The title says it all: this is a book for dinosaur lovers. With upbeat rhymes and jewel-toned watercolors, debut author Volpin celebrates prehistoric creatures ("We love their spots and zigzags, too,/ their colors—yellow, red, and blue"). The usual dinos (triceratops, stegosaurus) are featured, as are the less familiar silvisaurus, minmi, and ouranosaurus. Regardless of type, all are equally friendly looking, with sweet, often toothless smiles and inquisitive expressions. Even the tyrannosaurus looks like it's laughing when it roars, eyes crinkled shut and grin enormous. In addition to a few predictable rhymes ("tall/small"), Volpin provides some delightful lines that build toward a fitting concluding sentiment: "In fact, we really love them all!/ We'd only love them more, we think/ if somehow they weren't all extinct." Ages 2–5. (June)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 June)

PreS—Large pastel pictures and simple rhyming text in this ode to dinosaurs set it up to be a favorite among storytellers for the very young. Vaguely reminiscent of Sandra Boynton's Oh My! Oh My! Oh Dinosaurs!, this offering also incorporates colors, opposites, and fun vocabulary like gallop and plodding. Curious young listeners will pore over the watercolor visual index in the back featuring nine interesting dino varieties. VERDICT Though the somewhat generic title could potentially doom it to obscurity in a herd of other prehistoric picture books, Volpin's clever vocabulary and endearing watercolors make this a satisfying addition to the storytime canon.—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH

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