cover image Dinosaur vs. Santa

Dinosaur vs. Santa

Bob Shea. Disney-Hyperion, $15.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4231-6806-5

Shea’s red dinosaur has always been adorable as he’s battled bedtime, the potty, and the library in earlier books, but in a snowsuit or sweaters festooned with snowmen and reindeer, he’s downright irresistible. He’s also grown up a bit: not only does Dinosaur emerge victorious in the realms of tree-decorating (“Roar! Balls! Roar! Lights! Dinosaur wins!”) and present making (popsicle-stick frames are the order of the day), he’s also disciplined enough to leave Santa’s cookies alone. The wrapping paper–style backgrounds and vintage flourishes in Shea’s artwork are especially well suited to a holiday story, and Dinosaur’s unbridled energy is as infectious as ever. Ages 2–6. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.)