Written & Illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi
20 Pages Age 3—5
Genre: Children’s Board Book
Themes: Dinosaurs, Surprise Flaps
Every animal in this book looks cute and small—until you unfold the flaps to reveal a much bigger dinosaur within!
Is that a jellyfish or a Pterodactyl? Is that a parrot or a Triceratops?
Open the flaps to find out! (from back cover)
“Look, isn’t that a beautiful butterfly? No, that’s a Pteranodon.”
Why I like Dinosaur Surprise
Young children interested in dinosaurs will love Dinosaur Surprise. From Archaeopteryx, resembling a funky flying turkey, to Tyrannosaurus Rex, the alpha of all dinosaurs. Ten relics of its time will face each child brave enough to take hold of the trifold flap and lift while pulling it to the right. How does a “beautiful butterfly” (the lower wings look like two heads), turn into a Pteranodon? Why would a little sardine turn itself into a Stegosaurus? Why not a great white shark and rule the oceans?
Author / illustrator Agnese Baruzzi has created a fun, surprise board book children will be delighted to own. Familiar animals becoming prehistoric creatures will be the highlight of any budding paleontologist’s day. Dinosaur Surprise is a great way to introduce youngsters to some of the oldest creatures to roam the earth. Parents will appreciate that the illustrations are not representative of each dinosaur, to a “T;” making the creatures look less dangerous and scary. Young children can laugh and giggle when they pull out each flap.
Dinosaur Surprise is a wonderful exercise in dexterity and eye-hand coordination, as the child reaches for and pulls each flap. Parents will enjoy watching their children learn to take control of the flap, each time as delighted as the last causing contagious giggles.
The little hedgehog, really sitting around minding its own business when suddenly—and no one knows why or how—the hedgehog transforms into a medium build, awkward-looking Parasaurolophus. It keeps the hedgehog’s face and nose, which looks as surprised as children will be to see this funny looking creature on the pull out flap. And to answer the question: No! I would not want to pet a Parasaurolophus!
Illustrations Rendered digitally.
Available at Amazon
DINOSAUR SURPRISE. Copyright © 2020 by Agnese Baruzzi. Published by Minedition, Zurich, Switzerland.
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