Finally, Brannon’s brother, Chad, steps in and offers his own input: “That thunder is only dinosaurs stomping around. And you know about dinosaurs,” he whispers to the younger boy. That’s just what Brannon needed to hear. He knows everything there is to know about dinosaurs—“some are bigger than cars, bigger than trucks, bigger than houses”—and that makes him feel more in control of the situation. His mind fills in the gaps with visions of friendly-looking, colorful dinosaurs roaming the skies. And by book’s end, Brannon and his brother are both gleefully doing “the dinosaur thunder dance.” Chodos-Irvine’s bright multimedia prints are the perfect complement to Bauer’s spot-on, insightful text. Inviting, down-to-earth illustrations of Brannon and his loving family mingle with scenes of fanciful creatures creating drama in the sky. By tapping into a popular childhood passion, Dinosaur Thunder captivates and calms. It’s a great reminder of the power of our imaginations.
What is your or your child’s favorite dinosaur-theme book?
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Sandra Lee Rella, mother of two budding bookworms, is a freelance editor and writer, and a former children’s book review editor.
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