Dinos Driving by Lynn Leitch

angiew23's review

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This is an interesting book. Each page introduces a species of dinosaur, such as velociraptor or brachiosaurus and states what kind of car they would drive. As someone who really does not know very much about dinosaurs I didn't know why they drove these particular cars, for example the Iguanadon (let's be honest, I didn't even know that this dinosaur existed, much less anything about it) drives an electric car, I was like why? At the end of the book there is a page with each of the dinosaurs and one characteristic. Turns out the Iguanadon is a vegetarian so I guess the idea is that he was also conscious of his impact on the environment? Some of the car choices are a little more obvious, for example the Diplodocus (again, I had no idea this was a type of dinosaur and not a kind of loaded chip dip) is evidently very long, so he drives a school bus because it is a long vehicle.

Aside from the insanely long dino names (which, as a teacher I know is not a problem for most dino-loving kids) the book is quite easy to read. Each page has one line of text and a very clear picture. The sentence structure is fairly repetitive, with most pages reading something along the lines of Dinosaur Name drives a Vehicle Name. The font is colourful, bold and fairly large. The background of the pages is white and the pictures are not overwhelming or too distracting. I would recommend this book to parents or teachers of young children in the age 3-8 range who enjoy dinosaurs and are beginning to explore repetitive beginner books with increasing independence. Thanks so much to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!

hemokpae's review

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This text was shorter than I was anticipating. Only 8 different dinosaurs are paired up with cars, and each covers a 2 page spread. The text doesn't rhyme, but the phrases follow a short and predicable format. _________ drives a _____________. The comprehensive listing of dinosaurs gives a fact for each dinosaur that could help children understand why each dinosaur was paired with each vehicle, but children would need an understanding of what each vehicle is and some of the stereotypes associated with each (motorcycle gangs/clubs, vegetarians being eco-friendly, etc). While not a standout title, certainly a worthwhile purchase for large collections always looking for more dino-related materials.

canadianbookworm's review

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funny informative lighthearted medium-paced


lightbulbheart's review

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adventurous funny lighthearted fast-paced


ARC provided by NetGalley
Read-Aloud? Yes
Tags: dinosaurs, cars

This book is perfect for fans of dinosaurs and/or cars. What car would a particular dinosaur drive? Read this book to find out! Dinos Driving includes dinosaur facts and several questions/tips for caregivers to develop young readers' critical thinking skills, including an encouragement for children to draw their own dinosaurs and cars. 

I wholeheartedly recommend this book for reading aloud with 2-5 year olds.