Tuesday, March 28, 2017

On Bookshelves Today -- DAD AND THE DINOSAUR by Gennifer Choldenko (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko

About this Book:

"A Caldecott-winning illustrator and Newbery-Honor author team up to tell the story of a father and son who bond over bravery and fears.
Nicholas was afraid of the dark outside his door, the bushes where the giant bugs lived and the underside of manhole covers.
His dad was not afraid of anything.
Nicholas wishes he could be as brave as his dad, but he needs help, in the form of a toy dinosaurDinosaurs like the dark. Bugs are nothing to them. They eat manhole covers for lunch (and everything under them for dinner). With his toy dinosaur safely in his pocket, Nicholas can be brave too: scaling climbing walls, swimming in deep water, even scoring the winning soccer goal. But when the dinosaur goes missing, there's only one person who can help find him: DadAnd dads know that having a little help tackling your fears isn't something to be embarrassed about. It's just guy stuff."

My Thoughts:

This was a cute story that my girls enjoyed. Like Nick they have a special toy they like to carry around to help make them brave.  My oldest has a special puppy plush she holds or puts in her pocket and it makes her feel more confident and able to handle new or uncomfortable situations. My youngest still totes around her security blanket that she has as a baby.

When Nick lost his dino I wish you could have heard the girls.  They were all worried and concerned and knew what this meant for Nick -- he would lose his "brave" powers my youngest said.  They sat listening intently as I finished the story hoping that the ending would be a positive one and that Nick would be reunited with his dino. And, when he was, the girls were all smiles and cheered, as if they were watching a sports game and their favorite team won.

My girls continually ask me to read this book to them and they still get excited when the dino is found and know just how Nick feels when he has his "brave dino" with him, as they too are brave with their special toy and blanket.

About the Author:

Gennifer Choldenko is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor Award-winning author of ten children's books, including A Giant Crush, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone Does My Homework. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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