cover image I Am a Tyrannosaurus

I Am a Tyrannosaurus

Anna Grossnickle Hines. Random/Tricycle, $12.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-58246-413-8

This companion to I Am a Backhoe (2010) is part guessing game, part exercise in imagination. A blond boy basically gives readers a tutorial in how to pretend to be half a dozen dinosaurs, including a triceratops, velociraptor, and brachiosaurus. "I fly and swoop to scoop up fish. I am..." reads the text as the boy is seen acting out the motions, arms outstretched. A page turn reveals the answer (a pteranodon). Set against bright backdrops, Hines's digital illustrations focus on the boy, and in scenes where he appears with the various dinos, his poses mimic theirs. Kids are sure to follow suit. Ages 1%E2%80%934. (July)