- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 560 (What's this?)
- Series: Dinotrux (1) (Book 1)
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316133922
- ISBN-13: 978-0316133920
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 173 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dinotrux (Dinotrux (1)) Paperback – May 1, 2012
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The book itself is well written. The wording and creativity about dinosaurs being prehistoric trucks and construction equipment definitely has won my son over. He especially enjoys the part of the book that talks about the blacktopadon needing to "go" all the time.
The hardcover version is what we bought and the pages are nice and sturdy. The size of the book makes it not too small and not too big. It's not heavy or terribly bulky.
We've had the book for only 10 minutes and Its already been read 3x.
The book explains how millions of years ago, Dinotrux ruled the world. Cavemen are scared of them, the DinoTruxs stomp, crush, and bash their way through everything. They are just plain unruly until a giant rain storm basically rust out the DinoTrux. However, some of the DinoTrux manage to flee south and become nicer and helpful versions of their older selves. The book basically insinuates through pictures that today's cars and trucks are the "evolutionary" versions of yesterday's DinoTrux. (No, this is not a book about evolution).
At first glance, I thought this book would be too scary for my 3 year old. The pictures are a bit "dark" and look menacing (as the DinoTrux are towards the cavemen, who look like they are wearing glasses, and animals). However, my son loved it. He sat through the entire book and said, "oh no!" as the DinoTrux were rusting out from the rain. While it's not my favorite book that we have in our library, I can tolerate it and since my son likes it, I love it.
My 3 year old actually knows all the words to this book, and regales me, through the baby monitor, with each line of this book as he flips through it at 3 in the morning when he has woken up for no apparent reason. In fact, we have read this so many times, that I have even started dreaming about reading this book. It's one of those loop dreams where you feel like you have been reading for hours and the book never seems to end.
I have tried reading Dr. Seuss and some of the other fabulous children's authors to him, and he really enjoys them. Until I finish. Then we have to read Dinotrux six times, get some water, read it 114 more times, and then he requires that he gets to keep it next to him in bed.
Your kid will love this book.
*I wanted to write an update to this review..now that my son is a few months older ... he LOVES this book. He loves the Dino Trucks and roars through out the story. I have also really gotten into reading it and use a sort of B movie voice to tell the story. This has been really fun for me and he likes it even though he seems to wonder if it's me talking or someone else! He is definitely really fascinated by this book now. It's a HIT!
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The only "fault" and why I don't leave 5 stars is that there is basically no plot, no story. Ideas are super cool but they are static.
Anyway a good purchase.