Finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
— William Shakespeare
This light romp from Deborah Bruss and Matt Forest Esenwine has loads of laughs as dinos try wrapping presents and baking cakes in Don’t Ask a Dinosaur. The text has loads of those tough dino names, all with dots to separate the syllables into pronounceable snack-sizes. And it scans smoothly and rhymes! I know, I couldn’t believe it either. Plus, Louie Chin did a wonderful job bringing the dinos to vivid but not-too-scary life.
Notes: Matt gave me a sneak peek at the book, but I believe it’s newly out this week. If you have a tyke with a dino-fixation, you will soon be the cool parent who can pronounce all those tongue-twisting names.
Writing Tip: Pair unexpected things for humor value, like dinosaurs and birthday parties. Like, don’t ask a tiger to watch your baby brother. If you think of a funny pairing, please leave it in the comments.