#1158 – Doris the Bookasaurus by Diana Murray & Yuyi Chen

Doris the Bookasaurus
Written by Diana Murray
Illustrations by Yuyi Chen
Imprint   7/04/2017
40 pages    Ages 3—6

“Hooray for books!
They make me

“Doris the Bookasaurus thinks that books are mega-dino-tastic! They make her spiky tail wiggle and her imagination soar.

“Her boisterous little brothers, Max and T. J. do not agree. They want her to stop reading and play Chomp the Flag and STEGO Blocks . . . until Doris shares her pirate book aloud. Soon they’re ofrf on an epic adventure to Sharktooth Bay with their imagination.

“With charming rhyming text, Doris and her brothers show rambunctious readers everywhere that reading and playing go perfectly together!” [INSIDE JACKET]

[WC 429]
Doris, a light-blue stegosaurus with pink spikes, loves to read. She’s loaded a wagon full of library books, causing her mother to nickname her a “Bookasaurus.” The nickname fits. Doris loves to read, often to the exclusion of everything else, including her two little brothers, Max and T.J. As the boys play leap dinosaur, “CHOMP the Flag” or “STEGO Blocks” Doris reads—on her bed and on her head.
With her imagination in high gear, Doris recites from a joke book to a crowd of stuffed animals. She thern recites from a book of records while her brothers plead with her, “Doris! No more books!” Doris ignores her brother’s pleas; the next book looks too good to pass. Doris becomes a hero and must put out a huge lava fire (but it will only take a minute). Max and T.J. are not amused.

Yuyi Chen’s pencil and digital illustrations will draw in a young children’s’ eyes to her brightly colored, cartoonish dinosaurs. Boys—who need a bigger push to read than girls—will love Max and TJ, their toys, and their efforts to get Doris’s attention. It might have been better to leave the brothers unnamed, making it easier for kids to put themselves in the story. Guessing from the pirate spread, Max is the tall, bright orange T-Rex and TJ is the smaller bright green. The entire family sports smiling faces, though the boys can throw a temper and pout. Each spread has enough details, some repeating, to keep children gazing. Most blank areas hold the text, creating a better reading experience. If you want to get the best child care I recommend Reading Head Start Review where you will find plenty of information.
Diana Murray (City Shapes, Ned the Knitting Pirate, Grimelda: The Very Messy Witch, Groggle’s Monster Valentine), hits the spot once more for her fifth book in a row. Yes, she is amazing. Her rhymes are nearly perfect with a rhyme scheme and rhythm parents will enjoy as they read Doris the Bookasaurus multiple times. The rhyming words are not complex, allowing young children to remember them after a few readings, giving kids their own reading experience when on their own.
Murray and Chen succeed in turning two young dinosaurs into readers. Boys especially need interesting books to keep them entertained and reading. Doris the Bookasaurus has the qualities, but it’s up to the adults who buy books. Doris the Bookasaurus caught my eye because of the title and the story about reading—because I love to read. Would I have been so enthralled if not an avid reader? Let’s hope so. Parents, it’s up to you at this stage. Doris the Bookasaurus makes a great read anytime. Let her help turn your children into readers and then keep them reading.

DORIS THE BOOKASAURUS. Text copyright © 2017 by Diana Murray. Illustrations copyright © 2017 by Yuyi Chen. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Imprint, New York, NY.

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Copyright © 2017 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved

Doris the Bookasaurus
Written by Diana Murray
Illustrations by Yuyi Chen
Imprint 7/04/2017

5 thoughts on “#1158 – Doris the Bookasaurus by Diana Murray & Yuyi Chen

  1. I love the name “Bookasaurus,” but then, what old book lover wouldn’t, right? 😉 What I loved hearing is that the book shows that books can go together with play! Yay! 😀


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