cover image Dinosaur vs. Bedtime

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime

Bob Shea, . . Hyperion, $15.99 (0pp) ISBN 978-1-4231-1335-5

Shea (New Socks ) makes a hilarious commentator as his hero, a small red dinosaur, elevates everyday encounters into a series of matches worthy of the WWF. “Dinosaur versus... a bowl of spaghetti !” announces Shea and, with a trio of bold typographic roars (and two chomps), the bowl is vanquished. “Dinosaur wins again !” declares Shea, as Dinosaur coolly acknowledges his triumph. Again and again, Dinosaur proves unbeatable—the foes he defeats include a pile of leaves, a big slide and “talking grown-ups”—but the title hints at his Achilles heel. Dinosaur may not resemble anything found in a paleontology textbook, but he's a terrific surrogate. Incorporating paper, paint, photo collage and quick strokes of crayon, Shea's freewheeling compositions convey both a beguiling spontaneity and a preschooler's sense of invincibility. Kids will be only too happy to capitulate to this irresistible package. Ages 2–6. (Sept.)