Dinomighty! (Dinomighty! #1)

Doug Paleo, illus. by Aaron Blecha. Etch, $13.99 (224p) ISBN 978-0-358-33156-8
Sixteen vignette-style chapters outline the adventures of the Dinomighties in this energetic graphic novel. Lavender-hued, ambitious pterodactyl Teri-Dactyl; orange, pizza-loving Triceratops Dave; seafoam, inept selfie-taker T. rex, T-Lex; and orange, misunderstood genius chicken, Bach, are "on their own... four mildmannered dinos." Assembled in the face of evil, however, they are Dinomighty! When the Dinomighties receive an anonymous "dmail" suggesting that trouble is afoot, little do they know that the message was sent by "Diplodocus and Diplodoofus... Bad Guys Extraordinaire," who are determined to edge Bully Mammoth out of the top spot on the Dinomighties' archnemeses list. To reclaim first billing, the duo decides to steal valuable jewels the Golden Egglettes. Paleo packs the narrative with easily discernible jokes, and Blecha's brightly colored art is appropriately lighthearted (ideas, visualized as light bulbs, can be seen by other characters). While this super-dino series opener hits well-worn narrative beats, it's a solid, fast-paced match for reluctant readers and pun enthusiasts. Ages 8–12. (Sept.)
Reviewed on : 07/30/2020
Release date: 09/01/2020
Genre: Children's
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