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Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2018
Squee! Is anything cuter than cartoon dinosaurs spouting synonyms? I think not! Kids and teachers will enjoy the antics of Stegothesaurus, who has three words for every one that his brothers speak. Why describe a mountain as big when you could call it gargantuan, gigantic or Goliath instead? When Stegothesaurus meets an Allothesaurus he thinks he's found a friend who finally understands him...until she reveals a terrifying truth. The muted color pallete compliments the tone of the book perfectly, and the anthropomorphic dinos and unexpected ending will have readers cracking up. An excellent resource for teaching about synonyms, as well.
This book is brilliant! Exceptional! Splendid! It’s about a stegothesaurus who is a little different from his brothers because he loves to use words—lots and lots of words. He doesn’t feel like he quite fits in until…he meets an allothesaurus who loves words just as much as he does. Bridget Heos is a master at pacing, page turns, and voice and has crafted a story filled with heart and humor. T.L. McBeth’s illustrations are adorable and are the “perfect! ideal! optimal!” match for the text. I fell in love with little Stegothesaurs from the start. This book has words and pictures and dinosaurs and a sweet ending you’ll have to read for yourself.
What is the most charming thing about the book "Stegothesaurus"? The clever concept? The soft, playful palette? The sweet dino with the bow tie? It's a three-way tie. In this story, readers meet Stegothesaurus - a dinosaur who, unlike his siblings, is wealthy in words. He can describe anything with detail and flair. The book introduces readers to a host of delicious words, but it firmly sits in the early-reader category - not an easy task. The action builds to a dangerous climax and resolves preciously with a "snuggle," "cuddle" and a "squeeze." It's a picture book delight.