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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Part Dinosaur, Part Truck, All Fun

Dinotrux by Chris Gail

Millions of years ago, after the dinosaurs, Dinotrux ruled the earth. Unlike the kind and helpful trucks we know today Dinotrux were mean, smelly, messy, and scary. Part truck and part dinosaur these trucks wreaked havoc on the cavemen and animals that lived in that time. From the nosy Craneosaurus to the super hungry Garnageadon to the impatient Dozeratops these dinotrux did whatever they wanted. What happened to the Dinotrux? How did they change into the trucks we know today? You will have to read and find out.

I saw this book and started to chuckle. It seemed to combine two things that little boys love, dinosaurs and trucks. The book does not disappoint, the dinotrux are very much part dinosaur and part truck. I think that most little boys will easily be able to identify which parts are which. Now I must warn you some of the dinotrux are very rude and have issues controlling their bodily functions, so if a little bit of toilet humor offends you avoid pages 14-15. Personally I know that little kids think toilet humor is funny although I don't want to indulge that too much one page spread of a little potty joke is fine with me. The illustrations are really great and the book would be lost without them. Gail does a great job of making the dinotrux easily recognizable for either the dinosaur or truck enthusiast. And while the dinotrux have claws and sharp teeth they are not scary but look more ferocious, but again in a way that will not give little ones nightmares. I did not think I was going to enjoy this book but I really did. It was a lot of fun to read and I think it is a fun book to share with little boys ages 3-5.

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  1. I agree. A wonderful creative book that boys especially will enjoy! Dreamworks is making it an animated movie as we speak.

  2. I heard that Dreamworks picked it up, and that the movie might be in 3D. I am very excited, it should be a great kids movie.