Dinosaur vs. Mommy

Bob Shea

Book - 2015

Dinosaur spends a day "helping" his mother, from the time he roars to awaken her until their final contest at bedtime.

Saved in:

Children's Room Show me where

1 / 1 copies available
Location Call Number   Status
Children's Room jE/Shea Checked In
Picture books
Los Angeles : Disney*Hyperion [2015]
Main Author
Bob Shea (author)
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents unavailable.
Review by Booklist Review

Shea's ferocious little red dinosaur (ROAR!), who has taken on bedtime, the potty, the library, Santa, and school in previous books, here squares off against Mommy in a series of stylized confrontations. Dinosaur awakens sleeping-in Mommy, interrupts her shower, begs for treats at the grocery store, rumples the freshly folded laundry, and runs amok at his own bath time. In each contest, Dinosaur announces the challenge (Dinosaur vs. Mommy sleeping in!), wreaks havoc, and declares himself the victor. Finally, down-for-the-count Mommy, slumped in her chair, welcomes Dinosaur for a big hug, and he proclaims her the winner. Shea's cartoon-style illustrations convey Dinosaur's out-of-control energy. Exhausted parents and their exuberant progeny are sure to identify with this story, and both will appreciate the photo of Shea's son Ryan (the inspiration for this series) and his wife on the dedication page. A perfect choice for toddler story hours; pair with Maurice Sendak's classic Where the Wild Things Are (1963).--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2015 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Shea's strong-willed red dinosaur is back, and he's making his Mommy's life utterly chaotic. Dinosaur does a cannonball dive onto Mommy while she's sleeping in, throws toys into the toilet while she showers ("roar! trains! Roar! bunny! roar! flush!"), and reigns victorious over being forced into and out of the bath, as well as getting into pajamas. Luckily, when Mommy is too exhausted to fight back, Dinosaur relents, embracing her in a hug: "Mommy wins!" As always Dinosaur's facial expressions can shift from devious to timid on a dime (in between moments of attack, he clutches his stuffed bunny and gazes worriedly at grocery items). Shea's buoyant, emotive artwork and sharp comic timing make Dinosaur's fifth story feel as fresh and funny as his first one. Ages 3-5. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-From the opening pages, Dinosaur is ready to battle. In this installment, Dinosaur takes on his mommy. Each page turn offers readers a chance to predict what part of Mommy's day Dinosaur will tackle. For example, on one page turn he is sneaking toward a dark, open door in his pajamas-kids will relate to Dinosaur's tactics for waking up Mommy by bouncing all over the bed. Dinosaur continues to battle Mommy through breakfast, a shower, a shopping trip, and folding laundry. There's plenty of humor throughout these pages that will appeal to kids. In one scene, Dinosaur flushes his toys down the potty while Mommy takes a shower and throws underwear in the air while Mommy folds clothes. Mommy shows plenty of patience as she wrangles Dinosaur into the bath. Readers get a satisfying ending; even though Dinosaur puts up a fight, he is still greatly loved by his mommy. Kids and parents alike will relate to these familiar daily battles. Shea's energetic illustrations offer the humor that he's known for, and careful viewers will notice some characters from previous books, such as Unicorn from Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great (Disney-Hyperion, 2013). VERDICT Another great addition in the "Dinosaur vs." series.-Andy Plemmons, David C. Barrow Elementary, Athens, GA (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Review by Horn Book Review

In his sixth showdown, Shea's feisty red dino challenges Mommy all day long. From "Mommy taking a quick shower!" to a trip to the store ("roar! cookies! roar! cereal! roar! chips!") -- poor Mommy doesn't really stand a chance. "Dinosaur wins!" every time. Shea sets the tone on the book's cover, which features a sweet-looking Dinosaur lovingly drawing a picture of himself and his (human) mommy holding hands...using Mommy's lipstick on the wall. Dinosaur's frustrating-to-adults behavior isn't mean-spirited; he's just an average irrepressible toddler. The emphatic text and bold illustrations reflect Dinosaur's exuberance; with its lively colors and expressive lines, the art also makes the most of the humorous situations (see Dinosaur dragging a freshly soaked stuffed bunny -- "roar! flush!" -- out of the bathroom). By the end, "Is Mommy down for the count?" Not quite. With a kiss on a little dino's forehead, "Mommy wins!" This take on the mother/toddler dynamic will have both sides of the battle roaring with laughter. kitty flynn (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Review by Kirkus Book Review

Shea continues his wildly popular series with this offering, but who will win: Dinosaur or Mommy? On the cover, Dinosaur seems unusually tame, smitten even. But notice what he is using to draw such lovely pink picturesMommy's lipstick! From the beginning page Dinosaur goes roaring through the house. His first challenge is to wake up Mommy when she is sleeping in. The clock reads 7:00. Needless to say, Dinosaur wins. The day progresses as Dinosaur contends with Mommy's shower, errands, laundry, bath, and bedtime preparations. Young fans will laugh and parents' eyes will roll at Dinosaur's antics, such as trying to flush his toys down the toilet and demanding every sugary food at the grocery. It doesn't look good for Mommy. "Now Dinosaur will unleash his signature move! A move more powerful than any mommy!" The page turn reveals the silhouette of a collapsed Mommy in a chair. "Is Mommy down for the count? Is Dinosaur too much for Mommy?" Another turn of the page shows how "Mommy wins!" The energy of this fast-paced tale matches that of any amped-up toddler, with lots of exclamation points, bright colors, and thick, black lines that swiftly define the plentiful action. Treat a pack of preschoolers (and their mommies) to this title and eagerly await Dinosaur's next adventure. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.