Authors and Illustrator: Charlotte Voake
Publisher: Candlewick, 2020
Themes: dinosaurs, size-perception
Opening: Some dinosaurs are small.
Summary: (from my library catalog) Presents the story of three big, fast, thieving dinosaurs hungrily encountering a slower dino who uses his smaller teeth to eat fruit and leaves.
I picked this book because: i’m still working on a dinosaur manuscript! It’s important to know what is new on the market as well as which ones have become classics. And this one is SO adorable! perfect read-aloud for toddlers and perfect if the adult reader is hoping for a hug at the end! The artwork is bright, with bold lines, humor and quite satisfying for a few details that take a little time to notice (my favorite kind!).
Resources/activities: read companion books that deal with size perception to open up discussions with slightly older toddlers, like Not Little, by Maya Myers and Hyewon Yum. For budding artists, place well-defined (large plastic) toy dinosaurs at the edge casting a strong shadow onto the paper to trace the shadow and color!
For more Perfect Picture Book Friday picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.