Triceratops has an itch. . . so does Pterodactyl. . . and Brontosaurus. . . and T-Rex! But DINOSAURS DO NOT SCRATCH. There is a rule written in stone. What is an itchy dinosaur to do?!
"Though Pham conflates itch with tickle and even shooting pain in this tale of a young hadrosaur who sees a sign reading DINOSAURS DO NOT SCRATCH and goes to excruciating lengths to prove that they don't need to, it doesn't make the action any less comically frenetic. Having sternly forbidden other prehistoric passersby, even T. rex, from relieving minor scrapes, bee bites, or back itches, the officious dino backs up his assertion that dinosaurs are tough by refusing to scratch, despite being stroked by a feather, covered in prickly grass and then a wool sweater, or having an ant, a caterpillar, and even a cat chucked at him. Pham gives her dinos an anthropomorphic look, even dressing them in summer garb, and effectively cranks up the rising level of suspense with lightning bolts, bigger text, and increasingly frantic expressions so that fledgling readers themselves will be involuntarily shifting in discomfort. A good book scratches an itch, notes Mo Willems' Piggie, cleverly summing up this new offering from the aptly named Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series.--Peters, John Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Behind the giggles offered by this easy reader in the Elephant and Piggie Like Reading line, a provocative question lurks: do those with authority really know what's going on? Words carved into a stone catch the attention of a bespectacled dinosaur, who reads them aloud: "Dinosaurs do not scratch." A bright green triceratops reaches down to itch its knee. The first dinosaur points to the stone: "Dinosaurs are tough! We do not scratch!" More itchy dinosaurs appear-friendly, childlike reptiles in t-shirts and shorts-and the dinosaur with glasses cites the rule again. "Tough dinosaurs do not scratch!" he exhorts. The action doubles down as the urge to itch deepens, and the first dinosaur works hard to keep his friends on the straight and narrow. Suddenly, a turtle sleeping in front of the rock moves, revealing another word. Surprise! The stone actually says, "Dinosaurs do not scratch alone." It's okay to itch after all! Writing exclusively in dialogue, Pham (the Vampirina Ballerina series) imbues her spreads with fizzy energy. Ages 6-8. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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