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Author: Stein, David Ezra
For newly hatched dinosaur Dinah, the world is an exciting place. Can she figure out how to give someone a kiss without whomping, chomping, or stomping them first?
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: .80
Points: .5 Quiz: 161300
Kirkus Reviews (06/01/13)
School Library Journal (01/01/14)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (09/13)
The Hornbook (00/09/13)
Full Text Reviews:
Bulletin for the Center... - 09/01/2013 Dinah the dinosaur hatches from her egg and immediately begins trying out her pudgy body: “She tried this . . . STOMP! and that . . . CHOMP!” When she witnesses a kiss between two smaller critters, she decides to mimic that as well, but she has just a wee bit of trouble controlling her actions, and ends up whomping, chomping, and stomping her intended kiss recipients. “This time, if I’m really, really careful and only use my lips . . . then, I can do it!” she vows, but she ends up mistakenly eating the next little guy (“‘Whoops,’ said Dinah. ‘Not good’”). When another baby dino hatches, Dinah tries out her chomping, stomping, and whomping versions of kissing on it; the baby happily returns Dinah’s physicality, stomp for stomp, and the two finally dissolve into giggles. Stein’s pithy, amusing narration is adroitly coupled with his humorous illustrations; the pen and ink, watercolor, charcoal, and crayon illustrations are bold and childlike, with stocky, boxy earth-toned dinosaurs cavorting around with all the vigor-and sonorous exclamations-of a Batman fight scene. The large, blocky black font will visually carry the text to a crowd as well as to individuals; the short, simple, action-centered sentences will hold the attention of even the restless preschool crowd, who will also find the various situations hilarious, and doubtless (to the chagrin of nearby adults) want to imitate Dinah’s moves. Pop this in a dino-themed storytime or enjoy on its own, but perhaps preface it with a reminder of the “no biting” rule. JH - Copyright 2013 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
School Library Journal - 09/01/2013 PreS-K—Dinah, a baby dinosaur, is just out of her egg and ready to explore her green, swampy home. She learns to walk (stomp!) and to eat (chomp!), but the next thing Dinah sees (a kiss) she has to learn more about. She stomps all over looking for a special someone to kiss, making unsuccessful and funny attempts along the way. A fishlike creature gets a "whomp!" a dinosaur gets a "chomp!" and a reptilian critter gets a "stomp!" Realizing that she must pucker up politely to get her elusive kiss, Dinah finds her next would-be smooch, but she accidentally eats him. Finally, she befriends another baby dinosaur, and the two noisy buddies chomp, stomp, and whomp kisses to their hearts' content. Kids will love the cheeky but thoughtful expressions on Dinah's face, and the bottom-bitten dinosaur is sure to bring gleeful chuckles. Rendered in pen-and-ink, charcoal, watercolor, and crayon, the illustrations are bold, simple, and humorous. Dinah's big, goofy smile is sure to be reflected in the faces of her young admirers.—Alison Donnelly, Collinsville Memorial Public Library, IL - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
School Library Journal - 01/01/2014 PreS-K—With no sound effects, bells, or whistles, this production highlights the joy that can be found in someone simply reading a book with enthusiasm. Read with playful intonation by Jessica Almasy, the story of Dinah the Dinosaur's search for the perfect kiss technique will elicit belly laughs from toddlers and preschoolers. Every guttural "WHOMP," "CHOMP," and "STOMP" in Dinah's exploration of kissing will delight young listeners, but the recording must be paired with David Ezra Stein's illustrations for full comic effect. The tracks are identical, but with page turn signals on track two. This is a perfect choice for little dinosaur lovers and zealous smoochers.—Jennifer Verbrugge, Dakota County Library, Eagan, MN - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.