cover image Dinosaur vs. School

Dinosaur vs. School

Bob Shea. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4231-6087-8

School is no match for Shea’s rambunctious, ever-confident red dino, starring in his fifth picture book. This is a hero who brings a winner-takes-all attitude toward making friends, playing dress-up, and craft projects alike: “Roar! Sprinkle! Roar! Glue! Dinosaur wins!” shouts Dinosaur, as Shea draws him in manic brushstrokes covered in googly eyes. But when it’s time to clean up, Dinosaur looks more like a frightened salamander than a fearless reptile. Shea’s illustrations are as unruly and imaginative as ever in this pitch-perfect, egocentric take on living (school) life to the max. Ages 3–5. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (June)