Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review: Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night, by Kallie George and Oriol Vidal


Feather, Flap, and Spike are spending their first night in their very own nest. They tell stories and snuggle up to get a good night’s sleep, until . . . GRRORE! What’s that scary-sounding noise?

Young readers will probably figure out the source of the scary noise pretty quickly, but that just makes the characters' reactions that much sillier. And the biggest scaredy cat is Spike!

We met this trio when they first hatched, about a year ago. 'One' is about the age most of my kids moved to their own room, so it makes perfect sense that these guys have, too! The illustrations stood out to me as much as the story this time, specifically the landscape (although Spike's gigantic feet are adorable). Vidal makes use of several geometric shapes, but softens the edges so they don't seem at all harsh. Point those shapes out to your readers, and see how many they can identify and perhaps replicate! Ask them also how many times they can spot the firefly throughout the pages.

If you have George and Vidal's first title, you will certainly want to pick this one up as well.

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