cover image Dino Pajama Party: A Bedtime Book

Dino Pajama Party: A Bedtime Book

Laurie Wallmark, illus. by Michael Robertson. Running Press Kids, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7624-9775-1

“Dinos rock and dinos roll./ Dinos stomp, and dinos stroll,” Wallmark begins in this infectious picture book. “All the dinos on the street/ boogie to that funky beat,” reads the next spread, and the narrative continues in couplets that match tempo as the dinosaurs dance around town, sing in onomatopoeia, form a band, and play instruments, until the party winds down as exhaustion overtakes them and they all trudge to their apparently communal home: a long hall packed with two parallel rows of beds. A variety of expressive, animation-style dinosaurs, boldly colored and dressed in multipatterned pajamas—onesies and long-sleeves, nightcaps and slippers—groove on each page, with an inviting array of warm digital textures by Robertson adding depth to each spread. Short, bouncy rhymes and energetic art will make this celebratory, familiar book a bedtime readaloud staple for dancers and dino-lovers both. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)