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Ally-saurus and the First Day of School

Ally-saurus & the First Day of School, by Richard Torrey | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | June 29, 2016

Ally-saurus and the First Day of SchoolAlly-saurus & the First Day of School

Written and Illustrated by Richard Torrey

Age Range: 3-7

Hardback Book: 32 pages

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-4549-1179-1

What to expect: First day of school, imagination

Ally can roar with the best dinosaurs, but can this little dino make friends on the first day of school?

Ally loves dinosaurs. She can stomp like one. She can roar like one. She can even chomp her cinnamon toast like one! Lucky for her, it’s the first day of school, and she can’t wait to meet new friends. Surely they will love dinosaurs as much as she does.

Except, they don’t. During circle time a clique of princess-loving girls tell her that dinosaurs aren’t really that great. Princesses are way better. At snack time, no one wants to chomp their grapes like a dinosaur. At lunch, the princess clique tells her that no, she cannot sit with them. And, by the way, her baloney sandwich is not real dinosaur food, and Ally isn’t a real dinosaur either.

Sad and lonely, Ally finds herself seated at a big table with no one to share it with. Then kids start to ask to sit with her. One loves dragons. The next loves lions. Another wants to be an astronaut, and a strange new friend named Martin is just really in to his new yellow lunchbox. They go to recess, and Ally finds that she can play with all the groups – even the princess-loving clique. Turns out everyone can like whoever they want, and still be friends.

This is an absolutely adorable book about imagination, the first day of school, and making friends. Ally is cute as a button and passionate about her dinosaurs. Every kid has something they love, and sometimes it can be hard to understand that everyone has different tastes. This book does a great job of making the subject of first days of school fun and lighthearted, while also teaching that everyone likes what they like, and can still get along. The illustrations are beautifully imaginative and simple, completely drawing in little ones. The writing is sweet and perfect for children to listen to over and again. The cast of children was refreshingly diverse, and everyone will love Walter and his special yellow lunchbox. We’re still chuckling over that one.

Ally-saurus & the First Day of School

Witty, sweet and perfect for first day of school jitters. Highly recommended.

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About Richard Torrey

Richard Torrey is the author and illustrator of a number of well-loved children’s books, including Almost, Why?, and the popular Beans Baker series. Mr. Torrey lives in Shoreham, New York.

Ally-saurus & the First Day of School, by Richard Torrey, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like Ally-saurus & the First Day of School by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with , and .

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Denise Mealy is a former web content provider who stays at home to change diapers and write books. Her days are filled with Word documents, books and sloppy kisses (from dogs and baby alike). She likes to read, cook, dance, travel and forward pictures of spam sculptures to friends. If she could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, it would be a toss up between J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen. They would probably eat pasta. Yes, definitely pasta. For more information, visit: www.dccmealy.com You can also find her on Twitter: @dccmealy

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