The itchy book!

LeUyen Pham

Book - 2018

Triceratops, Pterodactyl, Brontosaurus, and T-Rex each have an itch, but Dino-Mo reminds them of the sign with a very important rule: Dinosaurs do not scratch.

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Elephant & Piggie like reading.
Readers (Publications)
Los Angeles ; New York : Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group [2018]
First edition
Physical Description
50 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm
Main Author
LeUyen Pham (author)
Other Authors
Mo Willems (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Though Pham conflates itch with tickle and even shooting pain in this tale of a young hadrosaur who sees a sign reading "DINOSAURS DO NOT SCRATCH" and goes to excruciating lengths to prove that they don't need to, it doesn't make the action any less comically frenetic. Having sternly forbidden other prehistoric passersby, even T. rex, from relieving minor scrapes, bee bites, or back itches, the officious dino backs up his assertion that dinosaurs are tough by refusing to scratch, despite being stroked by a feather, covered in prickly grass and then a wool sweater, or having an ant, a caterpillar, and even a cat chucked at him. Pham gives her dinos an anthropomorphic look, even dressing them in summer garb, and effectively cranks up the rising level of suspense with lightning bolts, bigger text, and increasingly frantic expressions so that fledgling readers themselves will be involuntarily shifting in discomfort. "A good book scratches an itch," notes Mo Willems' Piggie, cleverly summing up this new offering from the aptly named Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series. Grade 1. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Behind the giggles offered by this easy reader in the Elephant and Piggie Like Reading line, a provocative question lurks: do those with authority really know what's going on? Words carved into a stone catch the attention of a bespectacled dinosaur, who reads them aloud: "Dinosaurs do not scratch." A bright green triceratops reaches down to itch its knee. The first dinosaur points to the stone: "Dinosaurs are tough! We do not scratch!" More itchy dinosaurs appear—friendly, childlike reptiles in t-shirts and shorts—and the dinosaur with glasses cites the rule again. "Tough dinosaurs do not scratch!" he exhorts. The action doubles down as the urge to itch deepens, and the first dinosaur works hard to keep his friends on the straight and narrow. Suddenly, a turtle sleeping in front of the rock moves, revealing another word. Surprise! The stone actually says, "Dinosaurs do not scratch alone." It's okay to itch after all! Writing exclusively in dialogue, Pham (the Vampirina Ballerina series) imbues her spreads with fizzy energy. Ages 6–8. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (May) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—This book combines two of children's favorite fixations—"Elephant & Piggie" and dinosaurs—into a funny story that plays around with a relatable problem. Similar to other books in the series, the beloved duo introduce the story. They begin with their usual humor by describing this book as one that will "make you feel things all over." Pham begins the main story with Dino Mo reading a sign stating, "Dinosaurs do not scratch." The other dinosaurs, Triceratops, Pterodactyl, Brontosaurus, and T-Rex have an itch, but no matter how they try to convince Dino Mo that it is okay to scratch he is not budging from his stance that "Dinosaurs do not scratch." He is absolutely resolute. Not even an itchy wool sweater can persuade Mo it is okay to scratch. Children will enjoy the brightly colored dinosaurs and appreciate the word-bubble writing style. VERDICT Fans of "Elephant & Piggie" will love the humor and satire in this engaging easy reader. Those itching for winning selections for newly independent readers will be especially grateful.—Jewelee Painter, Springfield Elementary School, Rilleyville, VA Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Triceratops, Pterodactyl, Brontosaurus, and T-Rex each have an itch, but Dino-Mo reminds them of the sign with a very important rule: Dinosaurs do not scratch.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"When Triceratops, Pterodactyl, Brontosaurus and T-Rex all develop distracting itches, Dino-Mo reminds them of the ""big rule"" about how dinosaurs must never scratch, triggering an uproarious effort to soothe or ignore their discomforts in creative ways. 75,000 first printing."

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Triceratops has an itch. . . so does Pterodactyl. . . and Brontosaurus. . . and T-Rex! But DINOSAURS DO NOT SCRATCH. There is a rule written in stone. What is an itchy dinosaur to do?!