I missed last week’s post due to Kidquake, the elementary school program of the Litquake Literary Festival in San Francisco. We wrangled about 800 kids, plus their teachers and chaperones through four assemblies, 10 workshops, and hundreds of books. All FREE for registered classes. And only one fire alarm pulled by a particularly exuberant child. Victory! Here are a couple of pics:
Our stellar authors/illustrators included Jim Averbeck (TREVOR), Mitali Perkins (BETWEEN US & ABUELA), Larissa Theule (BORN TO RIDE: THE STORY OF BICYCLE FACE), Simone Shin (NIKO DRAWS A FEELING), Ellen Klages (OUT OF LEFT FIELD), Diana Toledano (POLLY DIAMOND AND THE MAGIC BOOK), Rajani LaRocca (MIDSUMMER’S MAYHEM), and K-Fai Steele (NOODLEPHANT).
Now, back to our regularly scheduled perfect picture book. And what a recommendation I have for you this week! Once again, I was wandering through the library and this book leapt off the shelf and whispered, “Take me home!” So I did.
Are you ready for adventure? Enjoy solving puzzles? Want to interact with a book on every page?
EXPRESS DELIVERY FROM DINOSAUR WORLD has it all. You don’t even have to like dinosaurs to fall in love with this exquisitely illustrated/designed book. Starting with a message from the past:
“When you opened this book, you stepped into our world—the mysterious world of dinosaurs. We are the creatures of the Cretacious, before history began….We’ve made this dinosaur book as a record of what it was like. It is our gift to you, in the future…. “
On your journey, you will take 10 adventures, from exploring the forest of illusion:
to navigating a maze, finding a hidden pterosaur, making your own dinosaurs using multiple lift-the-flaps, finding a hidden camera, spotting the differences between two images, finding a baby raptor in 18 lift-the-flap dinosaur eggs, figuring out which dinosaur swallowed a little girl named Dongdong…and then! then we get to the most brilliant interactive page of all.
A “flashlight” illuminates the insides of the guilty dinosaur, so you can find Dongdong and help her escape.
Then on to one more game where you’re challenged to guess the artists who painted a series of dinosaur eggs in their signature style. After you’ve guessed, you can lift the flaps to reveal the dino artists behind the egg paintings.
Here’s one of my favorites:
The ending wraps up the adventure with a call to action, saying:
“…there’s so much more we don’t know [about dinosaurs], about how they lived, and what they were like. We can dream up the parts we don’t know, can’t we? There are so many possibilities just waiting to be imagined.”
This book is the perfect springboard for the imagination.
Pair this book with THE BIG BOOK OF DINOSAURS (DK), NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS ULTIMATE DINOPEDIA, or LEARN TO DRAW DINOSAURS (Peter Pauper Press).
Make a flying pterodactyl.
Study the work of an artist and then paint a dinosaur egg in their style.
Make your own maze, and see how long it takes someone else to navigate through it.
TITLE: Express Delivery From Dinosaur World
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Yanan Dong
TRANSLATOR: Helen Wang
PUBLISHER: Candied Plums, 2016 (English edition)
THEMES: Adventure, dinosaurs, interactive elements
For more perfect picture book recommendations, visit Susanna Hill’s blog.