cover image Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten

Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten

Deborah Underwood, illus. by Ned Young. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4231-7568-1

When faced with going to kindergarten, Arnold, a brontosaurus with a blue Mohawk, transforms into the cape-wearing Super Saurus. While en route to school in the family car, Arnold imagines that he is a prisoner in a submarine, heading to the underwater lair of the villainous Zorgo (aka teacher Mr. Zachary). His escape in a Super Saurus Scuba Suit is thwarted, but after Arnold’s father delivers him to Mr. Z’s classroom, he takes off again in his Rescue Rocket. Young (Big Rig) matches Arnold’s kinetic energy as he switches between fantasy and reality, painting aquatic and intergalactic scenes in a bright, superheroic palette. As Arnold eventually settles into the school day on his own terms, Underwood (Good Night, Baddies) suggests that, when channeled in the right way, active imaginations need not be checked at the classroom door. Ages 3–5. [em]Author’s agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary. (June) [/em]