HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Dinosaurs Travel: A Guide for Families on the Go
Author: Laurie Krasny Brown
Illustrator: Marc Brown
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 1988
ISBN-13: 978-0316110761 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0316110760 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0316112536 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0316112534 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3 – 6
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Brown, Laurie Krasny. Dinosaurs Travel: A Guide for Families on the Go (published in 1988 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers). When our boys were little, they liked to read about dinosaurs. However, this is NOT a book about how dinosaurs travelled. It is part of the “Dino Life Guides for Families” with illustrations by Marc Brown, creator of Arthur the Aardvark, and text by his wife Laura Krasny Brown, which use the helpful green dinosaur creatures, first introduced in Dinosaurs Divorce, to provide advice for children of modern families on how to deal with various situations. Dinosaurs Travel offers amusing tips for youngsters on the go whether they’re jetting around the world or rollerskating around the block. We may have checked this book out of the library to help our older son Mark prepare for some trip that we were planning to take.
The book is intended to illustrate the joys of traveling. The narrator says, “”Every time you leave home…get ready for an adventure!” The authors broaden the definition of travel to include “wherever you’re headed,” and include advice about walking and skateboarding in addition to the traditional trips by car, boat, train, airplane—or even elephant. There are hints on getting ready, what to pack, means of locomotion (cab, boat, plane, on foot, etc.), and what to expect. The general advice given is sound and cheerful. Brown’s drawings add humor to the straightforward text, as the dinosaurs pack their Tyrannosaurus Toothpaste, fly above the clouds and, when they get home, “dream about where to travel next!” Other books in the series include Dinosaurs Alive and Well!; How to Be a Friend; When Dinosaurs Die; and Dinosaurs to the Rescue!