Picture Book Recommendation: REVENGE OF THE DINOTRUX

Cover of Revenge of the DinotruxWoot! Woot! Perfect Picture Book Fridays are back.

Don’t know about you, but I love seeing all the new, and vintage, picture books that people recommend. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog for all the weekly recommendations. Personally, I’ll be contributing to Perfect Picture Book Fridays on my normal bi-weekly schedule.

Anyhow, on to today’s Perfect Picture Book… REVENGE OF THE DINOTRUX.

“Millions of years ago, prehistoric trucks ruled the earth! They were called Dinotrux. Millions of years later, their rusty remains were found and put into a great museum. But the Dinotrux were growing cranky…”

Currently, Revenge of the Dinotrux is my almost-six-year-old son’s favorite book. If you ask me, this book is bound to be a favorite of boys everywhere. I mean, just look at the subject…

Dinosaurs + Trucks = Best. Idea. Ever.

…and, even better, it’s the second book. There’s another amazing book called Dinotrux. I honestly can’t believe I (and my son) have only now discovered the prehistoric creatures called Dinotrux.Cover of Dinotrux

Revenge of the Dinotrux features these prehistoric trucks, like Velocitractors, going on a rampage after escaping from the great museum. My favorite dino-tantrum:

“Cementosaurus left a present in the town square.”

Ewwww! If you can guess what that present is, then you know that this is definitely a perfect book for boys.

Eventually, the mayor rounds up the Dinotrux and sends them to school, where they’re just as naughty. Naturally, the Dinotrux escape from school, but what’s worse, this time they’ve taken the children. But the big question is… where have they taken the children? You can find out by reading Revenge of the Dinotrux.

Overall, kids will learn that certain behaviors are appropriate in certain environments. Most of all, though, this book is just plain fun. It makes me want to get out a dump truck and “Roar.” So you can only imagine the effect it will have on its intended audience.

Themes:

School, Behavior, Friendship, Trucks, Dinosaurs

Resources:

Origami Mommy has a recycled milk carton truck tutorial, so you can show kids how to make their own Dinotrux.

Craftster shows you how to make a super-cute dinosaur out of pipe cleaners. I’m sure kids could get creative and make their own savage beasts.

Dinosaur Days has a YouTube video that teaches children about how dinosaur fossils are formed.

Perfect Picture Book List on Susanna Leonard Hill’s Blog

Bibliographic Info:

Author/Illustrator: Chris Gall
Ages: 3 & up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316132888
ISBN-13: 978-0316132886

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Author: Nessa

Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

11 thoughts on “Picture Book Recommendation: REVENGE OF THE DINOTRUX”

    1. So glad they enjoyed it! I happen to know that my son is getting his own copy of one of the Dinotrux books for Christmas. Luckily, he’s only six and doesn’t read the blog, so I’m not spoiling the surprise. He’s going to be so excited that we don’t have to borrow it from the library anymore.

    1. Yes, definitely check it out. I’m dreading taking it back to my library because my son loves it. So glad you mentioned pinning. I completely forgot to add this to my recommendation list on Pinterest.

  1. You are not kidding, Nessa, about dinosaurs plus trucks equal best idea ever! Sheer genius! And clever names. And a cement mixer… leaving a present 🙂 I just bet this is a popular book with kids, especially boys. Thanks so much for introducing me to the Dinotrux – I’m glad to add them to the list! 🙂

    1. Yes, Dinotrux is a great book for all kids, not just boys. I just get so excited when I find a book my son loves, because he’s a very picky reader. My daughter loves this book, too, but she’s a much less finicky reader.

    1. Lots of fun. Definitely a great book for boys. My son’s been asking for it every night. He’s not gonna be too happy when I have to return it to the library.

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