Ruth Ann Mackenzie knows "everything" about dinosaurs. She knows their names. She knows when they lived. And she certainly knows what they ate. So when she meets Linus, a towering, toothy T. Read more...
Ruth Ann Mackenzie knows "everything" about dinosaurs. She knows their names. She knows when they lived. And she certainly knows what they ate. So when she meets Linus, a towering, toothy T. rex who prefers picking vegetables to preying on his herbivorous neighbors, she s not sure what to think. Is something wrong with Linus? Or does Ruth Ann maybe, just maybe, "not" know everything there is to know about dinosaurs?
Dino lovers young and old will delight in this picture book chock-full of prehistoric personality and don t forget to search for the naughty velociraptor duo hidden throughout the book "
- ISBN-13: 9781416985129
- ISBN-10: 1416985123
- Publisher: Beach Lane Books
- Publish Date: July 2013
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-05-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Neubecker’s vegetarian hero lives in the “Cretaceous Surprises” exhibit at the museum, which indeed holds surprises for a junior dinosaur expert named Ruth Ann MacKenzie. “First Linus attacked... a patch of arugula!” writes Neubecker (Time Out for Monsters!), in the first of several setups that seem to start out as examples of how prehistoric nature is red in tooth and claw, but actually illustrate what a sweetie Linus is (“It’s lovely to see you, Linus,” says Ellen, a mother triceratops that Ruth Ann was certain would become Linus’s dinner). Did Linus not get the memo? This tale of a dinosaur who munches to a different drummer radiates Neubecker’s customary energy and compositional inventiveness, but it isn’t quite up to his best work—the jokes about Linus being a softie are little too soft, Ruth Ann and Linus are genial but not particularly original personalities, and the ending runs out of steam. Still, the Neubecker touch is hard to resist, and the visual tastiness of these pages compensates for the slight story. Ages 3–7. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (July)