Book Review of There Are Dinosaurs in the Library!
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by A. G. Allen
Illustrated by Octavio Cordova
Ages 4+ | 28 Pages
Publisher: A. G. Allen (2023) | ISBN-13: 9798218197698
What to Expect: Reading, adventure, dinosaurs, imagination, and libraries.
In this funny and action-packed picture book, readers get a vivid illustration of how our imaginations can transform mundane, everyday reality and transport us to new places and adventures.
It’s library day for Mrs. Barker’s third-grade class – and everyone is excited to get going. Everyone, that is, except Alyssa. Alyssa hates libraries. Mrs. Barker has some news that might change Alyssa’s mind, though—there are dinosaurs in the library. To Alyssa’s amazement, when Mrs. Barker flips the pages of her book, dinosaurs begin to tumble out and fill the library! A baby stegosaurus, several Microceratus, and even some Compsognathus are running around. But when Alyssa flips the page herself, two terrifying predators leap out. Can Mrs. Barker save the day and convince the dinosaurs to return to the pages where they belong? Of course she can!
With its familiar and relatable settings and characters, the story and message are easy for even young readers to enjoy. While the book does contain some complicated vocabulary (“Compsognathus”; “methodically”), the use of clever font effects and dialogue make it easy for readers to spot and work out new words. Colorful cartoon illustrations underscore the humor and excitement of the text.
There Are Dinosaurs in the Library! is a fun and funny way to encourage readers to get excited about reading through imagination.
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About the Author
A.G. Allen is a teacher and storyteller. Wordsmithing has been her life, first in corporate communications as a writer and managing editor, then as a Language Arts Teacher specializing in teaching academic writing. Writing fiction was a hobby until she decided to level up by getting a master’s in creative writing. Her experience and interests converged to create There Are Dinosaurs in the Library! She holds a bachelor’s in communications, a master’s in teaching, and a master’s in creative writing.
For more information, visit www.agallen.me.
About the Illustrator
Octavio Cordova has worked in the creative arts industry in many roles, including animation, graphic design, and illustration, since 2010. He is an illustrator with extensive experience in storytelling, color, and expressive illustration. His professional expertise extends to education, which includes private workshops, online training, and university courses. He holds master’s degrees in design and illustration.
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