Dinosaur Dances

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"The terpsichorean dinosaurs in this collection of whimsical poems allemande left and pirouette in high style . . . Degen's detailed drawings brim with fun . . ."--Publishers Weekly. Full-color illustrations.

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Kindergarten-Grade 4--Dinosaur Dances sound like fun, but it's Degen's illustrations that shake a tail feather here, not the rhymes. Yolen's idea of connecting poems and prehistoric prancing is a good one, but the contents of these verses seem more directed toward adults than children. Kids will appreciate some of the sillier sounding rhymes--"When the allosaurus/ Does a rumba/ Does she lumber?/Is she limber?"--and they'll recognize some of the dances and music Yolen describes. But the poems about dress codes, love, and choosing dance partners would be of little interest to young readers, were it not for Degen's boisterous illustrations. His bright colors and energetic style will hold even nonreaders' attention. Often, the humor of the drawings surpasses that of the text; for example, a T. Rex drawn as John Travolta. A smaller complaint is that these dinos reenact some rather tired stereotypes, such as the ugly female wallflower--albeit humorous, it lacks originality. In comparison, the rhymes in Prelutsky's Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast (Greenwillow, 1988) are shorter, less sing-songy, and more fun to read aloud. --Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Pub . Lib . Byrd: Pls send again galleys, repros and numbered waxies to Production. Grades 3-6 (
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From Publishers Weekly:

The terpsichorean dinosaurs in this collection of whimsical poems allemande left and pirouette in high style. Although Yolen's ( Owl Moon ; The Three Bears Rhyme Book ) verses often scan raggedly and require no small knowledge of fossils in order to comprehend the humor and puns, Degen's ( Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? ) witty dinosaurs never miss a beat. A brontosaurus Fred Astaire sports a monocle and lace cravat while waltzing to "a rhythm that pounds / All the way down the street." A Carmen-like ankylosaurus dances with a rose in her teeth, and hard rock dinosaurs blare bedrock music. Degen's detailed drawings brim with fun, as in the picture of two dinosaurs preparing for the dance at a beauty parlor littered with magazines--on the cover of Reptilian Quarterly , a dandified tyrannosaurus is "Puttin' on the Rex." Ages 7-11.
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