By Judy Sierra, Illustrated by Tim Bowers
Alfred A. Knopf, $16.99, 32 pages
Would You Know What to Say to a Dinosaur?
Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners is a darling story to be read and read to someone young! Using dinosaurs as a means to teach young ones good manners is quite brilliant, not unique, but brilliant none-the-less. The entire story is set in a grocery store with various events going on to teach good manners. Such events as: the dinosaur knocking over a pile of apples, your cart accidentally hitting the dinosaur in the shin, sharing banana chips and her glasses falling to the floor teaches the proper thing to say for each event such as: Thank you, I’m sorry and Yes, please.
Colorful, almost life-like illustrations make the page-turning and story so much more exciting. The writing is sing-song rhymes and flows right along with the pictures. This is a wonderful book for any young reader, although some parents may find a potty word used in the book unacceptable for the age group. The rest of the book makes up for that one minor social faux pas.
Reviewed by M. Chris Johnson