Ally-saurus & the First Day of School

Richard Torrey. Sterling, $14.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4549-1179-1
Ally has a dinosaur alter ego, Ally-saurus; Torrey gives the girl a dinosaur T-shirt, fountainlike pigtails—and a pink, crayonlike tail and spikes, which reveal the depths of her obsession and imagination. At school, Ally discovers that her classmates’ interests are just as prominent: a group of “princesses” (whose yellow gowns and crowns are overlaid atop their school-day outfits) are initially unfriendly, while Ally finds like-minded friends in students who love spaceships, lions, and dragons. The children’s make-believe accouterments create a fun visual effect, delivering bright pops of color against Torrey’s b&w pencil drawings while simultaneously demonstrating the way children’s passions loom large in their lives. Ages 3–6. Agent: Ronnie Ann Herman, Herman Agency. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/11/2015
Release date: 05/05/2015
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