Monday, September 7, 2020

 THE GIRL AND THE DINOSAUR by Hollie Hughes.  Illus. by Sarah Massini.  New York:  Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2020. 32p.  ISBN 978-154760322-0 hc. $17.99     PreS-Gr. 2     E PIC

Zoom in on a small girl on the beach of a fishing village, digging for dinosaur bones and piecing them together on the sand.  When assembly is complete, she names him “Bony,” and promises to return the next day.  Before bedtime, she submits a wish to the night sky that Bony would come to life.  He does, and arrives at her window to take her to a” magical moonlit island” in the clouds where they meet other children and their magical dinosaurs.  As the adventure ends, and the children return to their beds, their dreams are filled with magic.  The beautiful watercolor illustrations are enhanced by collage prints that create texture, adding to the dreamlike quality of each image.  This book is perfect for lovers of dinosaurs and fantasy.

Lynette Suckow, Superioland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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