Wednesday, May 09, 2012


DINOSAUR THUNDER, by Marion Dane Bauer, ill. by Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Scholastic 2012)(ages 3-5).  Whenever there's a storm, big brother Chad likes to dance to the thunder.  Not Brannon, though.

At first, he runs and hides while his family tries to explain thunder to him.  It's a big cat purring, his father says.  Angels bowling.  Clouds bumping into each other.

But it isn't until Chad tells him it's just dinosaurs tromping around that Brannon feels safe.  After all, he knows dinosaurs...and has always wanted a T.rex of his very own.

Exuberant illustrations and text make for a fun exploration of thunder and its CRASHING and BOOMING!  And everything's better with dinosaurs.

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