How to Raise a Dinosaur by Natasha Wing
This one is fresh off the presses! When author Natasha Wing contacted me to review a copy of her latest book, I jumped at the chance. It looked adorable, but I had no idea it would be this adorable. As the title suggests, it's a guidebook for the proper care and feeding of a pet dinosaur. What type of dinosaur is right for you? How often do dinosaurs need to be walked? What supplies do you need to raise a dinosaur? Natasha Wing answers these questions and more in this fresh take on the classic lift-the-flap book.
Pablo Bernasconi's illustrations add just the right touch of levity to Wing's tongue-in-cheek narration. Nearly each page contains one (or several) clever flaps for kids to lift and discover delightful surprises. For example, on E's favorite page you fold back the picture of Rex to reveal an x-ray of his body and a drawing of his tiny brain (the exact size and shape of a peanut). She also got a huge kick out of the bite-mark die cuts on several of the pages.
Whether or not your child is a dinosaur fanatic, you're both sure to enjoy this new addition to the genre. The humor is sophisticated enough to delight parents while simple enough for 4 year olds to "get." I can't wait to read it to E's kindergarten class!
MYO Paper Dinos
To go along with the book, I found these great dinosaur printables. I let the girls color the dinosaur and then we cut them out to make these 3D paper dinosaurs.
E's rainbow Triceratops is my favorite.
A did an excellent job coloring outside the lines, leaving her elasmosaurus nearly pristine.
The website has over 20 dinosaur printables, so if your child has a favorite variety, there's a good chance it's there!
Disclaimer: How to Raise a Dinosaur was provided to me courtesy of Running Press free of charge in exchange for a review. This does not in any way influence my review.