Title: Dinner for Dinos
Illustrator: Ben Whitehouse
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
“The dinos were completely full–
They couldn’t lift a finger.
The dinner plates had been licked clean,
And not a morsel lingered,”
states the ending of Tommy Nelson children’s book, Dinner for Dinos: Gulp, Guzzle, Chomp, Chew.
~ What ~
At twenty pages, this square paperback with rounded corners targets children ages four to eight years old who are learning about eating healthily and properly. With no scary scenes, it is a story told in rhyme about several dinosaurs preparing and eating dinner. Containing some complicated wording, it would be best read out loud to beginner readers.
When one dino decides to have a picnic dinner, he and his friends go to the grocery dino-store to pick up meats, greens, and treats. However, Bronto does not like green food, but he is told those who eat good foods grow up big and strong. After arriving home, all the dinos prepare the meal, set the table, say a prayer, and eat heartily, without making a single burp as they clean their plates.
This is a nice tale about sharing a meal among dinosaurs. I like that the main theme of the book evokes friendship and working together to accomplish a task. The colorful illustrations by Whitehouse have enough detail to engage young readers.
~ Why Not ~
The book is rudimentary in that covers the animals going to the store, buying and preparing food, praying to God, and eating it; yet it does not promote what healthy foods to eat or how to cook them. Those who have no relationship with Jesus may not approve of the one time God is mentioned. New readers may find the two- and three-syllable words hard to pronounce.
~ Wish ~
While I appreciate the idea of working together to make a meal and eat it, I wish there were more to this book, showing different tasty veggies or healthy items and why they are good for us.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book for young ones about dinos banning together over mealtime, this may be a good choice, but I wish it were more involved.
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