cover image Dinosong


Tim McCanna, illus. by Richard Smythe. S&S/Wiseman, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5344

Sparse, rhythmic, and rhyming narration ("Rumble shiver/ grumble quiver/ SMASH!/ FLASH! JUMP!") follows an ankylosaur, a triceratops, and a sauropod, among other dinosaurs, as they seek shelter before an impending volcanic eruption. The movements of each being are transcribed in gently calligraphic typography, which often evokes characteristics of the onomatopoeic prose ("whack" and "smack," for example, enact the actions upon one another). Rendered in vibrant watercolors and finished digitally, the illustrations recall classic picture books with layered watercolors and stylized landscapes. The art portrays the dinos from a variety of angles, bestowing emotion through creative framing and simple facial features. A simple readaloud ideal for those who favor sound effect-based narratives. Back matter includes a glossary of relevant paleontology and geology vocabulary. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)