Saturday, November 8, 2008

Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime!

One of my favourite picture books published this Fall is the extremely fun Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea.

Perfect for bedtime (or story time) the reader follows Dinosaur (Roar! Roar!) as he faces various challenges through out the day, including a pile of leaves, a big bowl of spaghetti and talking grown ups and 'Dinosaur Wins!'. Eventually he faces his greatest challenge- bedtime. He gives it his best try, but eventually is defeated and falls asleep- Bedtime Wins! With intenselybright illustrations, lots of repetition and roaring, this book will quickly become a favourite with children. Parents using this as a bedtime story might want to start practicing their roars as they'll have to read this so often there is real danger of losing your voice!

Based on the reviews (which include stars from Publishers' Weekly, The Horn Book and The Bulletin of the Center For Children's Books, and being selected as an Top 10 Picture Book of 2008), most people seem to love the book too! So, I was shocked and intrigued by a link on Bob Shea's website that said that fellow author Mo Willems (Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus, the Elephant & Piggie series etc) hated Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime!

Click here to find out why from Willems himself...

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