for Dinoblock by Christopher Franceschelli and Peskimo
In the same chunky format as last year’s Countablock, this hefty board book opens with two kids entering a dinosaur exhibit at a natural history museum. On the following pages, 23 different dinosaurs, both familiar and lesser known, introduce themselves to the pair by first comparing one of their distinctive physical features or behavioral traits to something found in the contemporary world. “I have a neck like a goose …” “I stretch high like the ladder on a fire truck …” “I am ferocious like a bear …” This comparison is on a page-spread showing the two kids and the named animal or object. A page turn reveals the dinosaur itself along with a statement identifying what it is. “I am a Coelophysis.” “I am a Brachiosaurus.” “I am a Tyrannosaurus.” The first and last double-page spreads are constructed with flaps that open to give a panoramic view of the museum’s interior. Part of the book’s wonderful design are interior page trims, each cut to highlight an element of a particular dinosaur’s features. (Ages 3–7)
CCBC Choices 2016. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016. Used with permission.
Following in the footsteps of the groundbreaking Alphablock and Countablock, Dinoblock features thick pages cut into the shapes of dinosaurs! Readers will be introduced to more than 20 different kinds of dinos via die-cuts of their unique silhouettes and the illuminating comparisons to familiar things from a young child's world. I stretch high like the ladder on a fire truck. I am a Brachiosaurus. As children touch the pages, they have a chance to guess the dinosaur and appreciate the uniqueness of its silhouette. A final gatefold delivers a roundup of all the dinos included. This hands-on approach, delivered in colorful pages by hip British design team Peskimo, makes for an immersive, age-appropriate introduction to a favorite topic of childhood.
Publisher description retrieved from Google Books.