Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dinosaur Woods

Developers from the Plas-Tic Trees Factory plan to level a forest, and the seven oddball animals who live there must figure out how to keep their home. The giant dinosaur costume they rig up intimidates the developers, but collapses spectacularly just as news crews arrive (and right after Rojo the fox says, "Nothing can go wrong now"). When the animals inside the dinosaur rig are revealed, the humans realize they're all endangered species. Knot, a woodpecker with a persistent cough, is a "Bronchial Woodpecker," while Milton, a "Drop-Tail Adder," had already been declared extinct. The forest must now be saved to preserve their habitat. McClements's (Baron yon Baddie and the Ice Ray Incident) crisp, cutpaper collages and zippy text make the action easy to follow, and tiny asides provide additional laughs ("Watch those feet?" shouts Milton from off-page, as Jimbo the deer apologizes). Kids familiar with environmental issues will appreciate this deft parody, and the message about cooperation will be welcome, too. The very personable cast will make for fine, and funny, read-aloud. Instructions for a dinosaur craft project are included. Ages 3-7. (June)

Named Works: Dinosaur Woods: Can Seven Clever Critters Save Their Forest Home? (Fictional work) Book reviews

Source Citation:"Dinosaur Woods: Can Seven Clever Critters Save Their Forest Home?(Brief article)(Children's review)(Book review)." Publishers Weekly 256.21 (May 25, 2009): 56(1). InfoTrac Information Science & Library Issues eCollection. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 9 June 2009

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