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Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad?Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? by Julie Middleton and Illustrated by Russell Ayto
Published by Peachtree Publishers
Pages: 32
Ages: 4-8
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository
Publishers Summary:

What were the dinosaurs like when they were alive? Dave and Dad are about to find out!

Dad takes Dave to the museum. As they walk through the dinosaur exhibit, Dave tries to get his father’s attention. Why is this one grinning and why is that one interested in Dave’s lunch? But Dad is too busy telling Dave all there is to know about these amazing creatures to notice that they’ve sprung to life! Dave gets the feeling that Dad has one hugely important fact very, very wrong…

In this deliciously witty story, Middleton brings a fresh twist to a familiar day out that will leave readers laughing out loud. Ayto’s quirky illustrations add surprising details to this fast-paced museum adventure.

TurkeybirdTurkeybird Roars: RAWR! Wouldn’t it be so super cool if the dinosaurs really were alive?! I saw some when I was very small, at least that’s what my mom said. We went to a big museum with all the bones of all the dinosaurs. How neat! I want to go again.

This is such a silly book! The little boy keeps trying to tell his dad about the dinosaurs, but his dad won’t really listen to him. And then, they have to run because one almost gets them! Maybe the dinosaurs aren’t dead! I’m going to keep looking for them I think and when I find them I’ll have to tell my dad to run too!

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Mom’s Two Cents: Dave has an imagination just like any other boy his age, or so his Dad thinks. On a trip to their local dinosaur museum Dave can’t help but notice the dinosaurs doing very peculiar things like winking, tickling and even eating burgers. At every instance Dave’s Dad is certain it’s only a figment of his imagination until one finally lets out a roar load enough for all to hear, sending them running away as fast as they can.

Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? by Julie Middleton is a fun twist on The Boy Who Cried Wolf, except this time the boy in the story is telling the truth each and every time. Both the Turkeybird and Littlebug adore this journey through the land of dinosaurs and almost always end up laughing throughout the entire story. Their favorite is without a doubt Deinocheirus with his long tickling arms that always seem to encourage a good tickle-fest here at home.

In addition to the story the illustrations by Russell Ayto are a favorite of our family. We’ve adored the illustrations in both One More Sheep and Where Teddy Bears Come From, so it was no surprise when Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? was not only recognizable but also an instant favorite. All of the illustrations throughout the book have Ayto’s characteristic thin arms, long legs, emotion-filled faces and vibrant coloring. Couple this with a fun story about a boy who questions everything and you’ve got a fantastic picture book children and parents will enjoy reading.

Dinosaur fans and young readers alike will adore Dave’s story as he tries again and again to tell his Dad that dinosaurs couldn’t possibly be dead. Julie Middleton’s Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? is a wonderful twist on a classic The Boy Who Cried Wolf theme and also a great way to teach children that you can never ask too many questions. This fun story telling combined with Russell Ayto’s marvelous illustrations make for a picture book read that is sure to bring on giggles and numerous questions as young readers explore the wonderful world of dinosaurs.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 and up. Dinosaurs, questions and marvelous illustrations. A picture book that begs to be read again and again as kiddos giggle their way through each and every page.

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19 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? by Julie Middleton

  1. Kami says:

    This looks really cute, and I think my daughter would love it! She is just getting into dinosaurs.

  2. latanya says:

    I love t-rex

  3. Renee G says:

    We like the triceratops.

  4. William says:

    I like velociraptors, but my son loves the t-rex.

  5. susan chew says:

    My favorite dinosaur are the ones on Dinosaur Train.

  6. Kristie says:

    I’ve always liked the Triceratops 🙂

  7. Rhythm says:

    It’s a scary thought to me! But looks like a really cute book! My favorite dinosaur would be the skeleton one.

  8. Heidi Grange says:

    Hmmm. Favorite dinosaur, I think I would have to say brachiosaurus. They are just so big.

  9. antane says:

    I like to think that our traditions of dragon lore are linked to actual dino stories from our collective past. So, true or not, I say dragons!

  10. Ruth Duncan says:

    great book! We loved it too & reviewed it. Good luck to all entering the giveaway with There’s a Book

  11. PragmaticMom says:

    We are T-Rex all the way! My son would love this book. He loved, loved, loved dinosaurs when he was 3 and 4 years old and still has a fascination for them!

  12. Deanna_boocock says:

    Barney of course.

  13. Jolene G says:

    Love books – especially cute ones like this one!

  14. Christine says:

    The largest one, the Argenitinosaurus, of course!

  15. Foxy M says:

    Hi just dropped by to let you know that I nominated you for the “The Illuminating Blogger Award” Here is the link to the award.

    Me and Mom just love books (although she has to read to me since I can read, MOL!)

    Foxy 😉

  16. I love a good dinosaur book. Can’t wait to check this one out!

  17. Oh and p.s. (since I just noticed you asked): my favorite dinosaur is Plotosaurus Bennisoni – my grandfather found this dinosaur when he was a teenager and got to name it after himself (Bennison was his last name)

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