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Dinosaur is going to one of his favorite places: the library! On the way, he invites his friends--a lonesome turtle, a sad owl and more-- to roar along with him. But how will his roaring go over at the library? Has Dinosaur finally met his match in Storytime? By combining everyone's favorite feisty red dinosaur with a variety of animals and a celebration of reading, author Dinosaur is going to one of his favorite places: the library! On the way, he invites his friends--a lonesome turtle, a sad owl and more-- to roar along with him. But how will his roaring go over at the library? Has Dinosaur finally met his match in Storytime? By combining everyone's favorite feisty red dinosaur with a variety of animals and a celebration of reading, author-illustrator-designer Bob Shea has created another irresistable romp for toddlers and parents to enjoy together.


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Dinosaur is going to one of his favorite places: the library! On the way, he invites his friends--a lonesome turtle, a sad owl and more-- to roar along with him. But how will his roaring go over at the library? Has Dinosaur finally met his match in Storytime? By combining everyone's favorite feisty red dinosaur with a variety of animals and a celebration of reading, author Dinosaur is going to one of his favorite places: the library! On the way, he invites his friends--a lonesome turtle, a sad owl and more-- to roar along with him. But how will his roaring go over at the library? Has Dinosaur finally met his match in Storytime? By combining everyone's favorite feisty red dinosaur with a variety of animals and a celebration of reading, author-illustrator-designer Bob Shea has created another irresistable romp for toddlers and parents to enjoy together.

30 review for Dinosaur vs. the Library

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This is the best book in the series yet. When dinosaur visits the library will he remember to use his "inside roar"? The illustration of Dinosaur trying to stay quiet during storytime is priceless! You'll have to read it to see whether Dinosaur or the Library wins, but one thing's for certain... the reader is definitely wins by checking out this excellent picture book. This is the best book in the series yet. When dinosaur visits the library will he remember to use his "inside roar"? The illustration of Dinosaur trying to stay quiet during storytime is priceless! You'll have to read it to see whether Dinosaur or the Library wins, but one thing's for certain... the reader is definitely wins by checking out this excellent picture book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Colby Sharp

    My four year old is the reason for the 4 stars. I wasn't completely sold, but he went nuts. He read it for a solid 45 minutes in bed tonight, complete with gigantic roars. Sometimes I feel like in order to understand a books quality you need to read it to its intended audience. My four year old is the reason for the 4 stars. I wasn't completely sold, but he went nuts. He read it for a solid 45 minutes in bed tonight, complete with gigantic roars. Sometimes I feel like in order to understand a books quality you need to read it to its intended audience.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Like other reviewers, I wanted more library in this library book! I did notice that all the animals he met on the way TO the library showed up as friends at storytime, so there was a slight connection between the walk to the library and the library itself. The "inside roar" is good, as is "Okay, they both win" at the end. The first one is the best! Like other reviewers, I wanted more library in this library book! I did notice that all the animals he met on the way TO the library showed up as friends at storytime, so there was a slight connection between the walk to the library and the library itself. The "inside roar" is good, as is "Okay, they both win" at the end. The first one is the best!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kaethe Douglas

    January 9, 2013 I am charmed by the small growly dino. He is up against a worthy opponent. *** July 11, 2014 My favorite of the series, because library. Library copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I was going to go with three stars, but we turned the page and *gasp* there was ballet cat. My 7 yr. old and I were both so excited, that was a 5 star moment!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carly Reighard

    As a Children's librarian, I LOVE this book! As the dinosaur makes his way to the library, he meets many shy and quiet animals. After having a roaring contest with each of them, he's left them in quite a tizzy. And now, they're all roaring, too! But once he arrives at the library for storytime, he has to choose whether or not he will have a roaring contest with his library friends. The illustrations in this book are phenomenal and I felt as though I could really relate to the book. Although the d As a Children's librarian, I LOVE this book! As the dinosaur makes his way to the library, he meets many shy and quiet animals. After having a roaring contest with each of them, he's left them in quite a tizzy. And now, they're all roaring, too! But once he arrives at the library for storytime, he has to choose whether or not he will have a roaring contest with his library friends. The illustrations in this book are phenomenal and I felt as though I could really relate to the book. Although the department is usually quiet, sometimes after storytime has been let out, you begin to wonder if each child has just a tiny bit of roaring dinosaur inside. :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This is a fantastic read-aloud for preschool listeners. Bright illustrations and a big roaring dinosaur make this a great participation story. Also there is a gentle reminder about storytime manners thrown in.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Happy National Picture Book Month! Perfect to kick off the month with.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    Once again, I just kind of wish there was more here for storytime use. I think kids will like these, but they are a bit repetitive and fluffy for me to want to use them.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Horn Book Guide Spring 2012 "Roar! Roar! Roar!" cries the cheeky red dinosaur making his way to the library. Told to use his "inside roar," the easily excitable dino manages a dull roar. However, he soon meets his ultimate challenge--storytime--leading to the question: "Can Dinosaur not roar for a whole story?" Bold, expressive black lines and pops of color display the endearing dino's dilemma. Kirkus Reviews August 1, 2011 Shea's irrepressible hero returns-stubby, red and toothier than ever. Dinos Horn Book Guide Spring 2012 "Roar! Roar! Roar!" cries the cheeky red dinosaur making his way to the library. Told to use his "inside roar," the easily excitable dino manages a dull roar. However, he soon meets his ultimate challenge--storytime--leading to the question: "Can Dinosaur not roar for a whole story?" Bold, expressive black lines and pops of color display the endearing dino's dilemma. Kirkus Reviews August 1, 2011 Shea's irrepressible hero returns-stubby, red and toothier than ever. Dinosaur has faced tremendous obstacles in his first few years of growing up (Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, 2008; Dinosaur vs. the Potty, 2010). So far only two things have ever proven to be worthy opponents. Until now. On his way to one of his most favorite places-the library-Dinosaur meets new animal friends. He convinces each one, from a flock of tiny chicks to a shy turtle and a hopelessly sobbing owl, to loudly ROAR along with him. Dinosaur wins every time! (He is no bully though; his opponents are clearly enjoying this roaring game.) But upon reaching the library, Dinosaur is met with an excruciating task. He must be quiet ... for an entire story. Hands clamped tightly over his mouth and eyes popping with exertion, Dinosaur worries. Can he do it? The power of a story wins! Observant readers will spot familiar characters amid Shea's bold, expressive scrawls, and everyone will cheer the library's success. Story time may have conquered Dinosaur, but with boisterous noise and boundless energy, Shea's Dinosaur titles will never fail to be read-aloud hits. Dinosaur wins again! (Just deny it if he ever asks.) (Picture book. 3-5) School Library Journal August 1, 2011 PreS-Gr 2-This third adventure of the roaring red reptile finds the scrappy contender setting out to roar his way to the library. Along the way, Dinosaur makes stealthy advances on a variety of unwary animals and succeeds in recruiting them as roarers, too. However, when he arrives at the library, he is told, "Use your inside roar!" Will Dinosaur be able to restrain himself during storytime? This episode is a bit disjointed compared to the previous ones, and it lacks the appeal of Dinosaur's triumphs over the more-routine childhood nemeses, like bedtime, bath time, and the potty. However children will still enjoy the spunky hero. Young readers will be captivated by the visual feast of bold, black strokes set off by bright primary colors and text that practically jumps off the page. The repetitive roaring makes this book well-suited as an interactive read-aloud.-Debbie Lewis, Alachua County Library District, FL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    The ending of Dinosaur vs. the Library was a bit of a letdown, and you could tell by the reactions of the storytime kids, but overall, it was the most successful book of the books/libraries themed storytime. It mainly consists of roaring like a dinosaur, and I made sure that every time the dinosaur roared (almost everyone at storytime was over five and could read already, so they knew when the ROAR!s were coming), they made a "scary dinosaur face" and ROARed their little hearts out. Much of it c The ending of Dinosaur vs. the Library was a bit of a letdown, and you could tell by the reactions of the storytime kids, but overall, it was the most successful book of the books/libraries themed storytime. It mainly consists of roaring like a dinosaur, and I made sure that every time the dinosaur roared (almost everyone at storytime was over five and could read already, so they knew when the ROAR!s were coming), they made a "scary dinosaur face" and ROARed their little hearts out. Much of it consists of pairing dinosaur in a fight against various animals: baby chicks (peep peep peep), a sad owl (boo hoo hoo!), a cow (moo moo moo), and finally, as you can guess from the title, the library. Dinosaur is admonished to use his "inside roar" and finally, challenged not to roar for an entire storytime. (So I guess the library wins because Dinosaur was forced to be quiet?) It's a little cheesy, but the roaring more than makes up for it. Plus, it was fun making the kids do an "inside roar." This made an excellent lead in for storytime. It's kind of impossible to mess this one up, so long as it's read with enthusiasm. Ages 2-6 Would work well for a library class orientation, dinosaurs, or library themed storytime.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    We've read both Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and Dinosaur vs. the Potty and while our girls are getting a little too big for these books, they still find them to be quite humorous. The loud roaring and the all-too apt description of toddler/preschooler behavior is fun. And since the dinosaur is the one with the focus on him, children won't feel like the spotlight is on their own behavior. We saw the author, Bob Shea, at the 2011 National Book Festival at the National Mall in Washington DC on 25 Septembe We've read both Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and Dinosaur vs. the Potty and while our girls are getting a little too big for these books, they still find them to be quite humorous. The loud roaring and the all-too apt description of toddler/preschooler behavior is fun. And since the dinosaur is the one with the focus on him, children won't feel like the spotlight is on their own behavior. We saw the author, Bob Shea, at the 2011 National Book Festival at the National Mall in Washington DC on 25 September, and we just had to put this book on hold. It was an entertaining story and we enjoyed roaring together as we read it aloud. And it's about a visit to the library, always a plus for me!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Miss Pippi the Librarian

    Dinosaur takes a walk to the library and meets friends along the way. He wins with his animal friends and everyone starts roaring. At the library, the roars need to quiet and can a dinosaur roar during a story? It's fun to roar along with Dinosaur. We practice all types of roars - loud, soft, small, etc. It is also important to count and roar so it's not just a dino zoo. The end of the book show which book they listened to at the library - New Socks by Bob Shea. (Another fun story to share at sto Dinosaur takes a walk to the library and meets friends along the way. He wins with his animal friends and everyone starts roaring. At the library, the roars need to quiet and can a dinosaur roar during a story? It's fun to roar along with Dinosaur. We practice all types of roars - loud, soft, small, etc. It is also important to count and roar so it's not just a dino zoo. The end of the book show which book they listened to at the library - New Socks by Bob Shea. (Another fun story to share at storytime.) 2013 Storytime Theme: Dinosaurs 2016 Storytime Theme: Bob Shea Reviewed from a library copy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emilia P

    Errol read this to me. Errol is amazing and an amazing book reader. Ooh ah. This book is also pretty nice and great. Especially the illustrations and the very very bold color choices. The narrative is fairly absurd throughout and devolves into nonsense in the best way ever at the end. A great book for weirdo parents and weirdo kids and weirdos period. Read: Us. And Sharka. P.S. Errol's special note: Dinosaurs Rule. Errol read this to me. Errol is amazing and an amazing book reader. Ooh ah. This book is also pretty nice and great. Especially the illustrations and the very very bold color choices. The narrative is fairly absurd throughout and devolves into nonsense in the best way ever at the end. A great book for weirdo parents and weirdo kids and weirdos period. Read: Us. And Sharka. P.S. Errol's special note: Dinosaurs Rule.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heidi-Marie

    My first "Dinosaur vs." book. I think I may be missing a few things about it, but it was still fun. I loved all the roaring and the animals with their roars. Some of the story didn't flow for me. I'd have to think how to read this with the kids (besides having them roar along). Loved the pictures--some of the expressions, especially of the dinosaur near the end, were great! My first "Dinosaur vs." book. I think I may be missing a few things about it, but it was still fun. I loved all the roaring and the animals with their roars. Some of the story didn't flow for me. I'd have to think how to read this with the kids (besides having them roar along). Loved the pictures--some of the expressions, especially of the dinosaur near the end, were great!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Appeal Characteristics: THE LIBRARIAN ALWAYS WIN! Child Behaviors, Story Time etiquette, Great animal concept If you have a noisy kid in storytime, or have a parent asking about story-time etiquette...this is the book! I loved the fact he was louder than all the other "animals" (kids) on his way to the library...but at the library... :) Well I'll leave that up to you to find out! Appeal Characteristics: THE LIBRARIAN ALWAYS WIN! Child Behaviors, Story Time etiquette, Great animal concept If you have a noisy kid in storytime, or have a parent asking about story-time etiquette...this is the book! I loved the fact he was louder than all the other "animals" (kids) on his way to the library...but at the library... :) Well I'll leave that up to you to find out!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kerrikoala

    The pictures were cute, but I wasn't quite sold on the "battles". I personally would rather have a dinosaur come into the library and roar, instead of screaming kids, people with loud ringtones, people talking too loudly on their cellphones, and patrons who argue loudly over any- and everything. I don't have to do story time, though. :) The pictures were cute, but I wasn't quite sold on the "battles". I personally would rather have a dinosaur come into the library and roar, instead of screaming kids, people with loud ringtones, people talking too loudly on their cellphones, and patrons who argue loudly over any- and everything. I don't have to do story time, though. :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Meg McGregor

    Lexi loved the dinosaur roar and I tried to make it as ferocious as possible. A great story to help show little ones the difference between their inside and outside voices. A fun read with zany illustrations.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    Dinosaur vs.... maybe hes just a dick with a huge ego. Guess what? I win!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ro Long

    Roar...mediocrity wins. It was meh! I liked it but a little anti climactic.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This was a super cute book for library-themed storytime! It would have been perfect had I not lost my voice at the first ROAR. Oops.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

    A cute and silly way of teaching children what we do in libraries. Great for toddlers, as it's not a difficult plot. A cute and silly way of teaching children what we do in libraries. Great for toddlers, as it's not a difficult plot.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zainab

    Loved all the books in this series

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessalyn King

    Cute! I love the word/picture balance and how little he has to write.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    Dinosaurs like to go to the library...I KNEW IT! Great book in this wonderful series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meghann Sniffen

    Awards the book has received (if any):none Appropriate grade level(s):1-3rd Original 3-line summary: Our favorite little dinosaur faces a new mission - the library! He calls on all his friends to go to story time in the library, but with his loud roaring in the hallways, how will he know how to act in the library. Original 3-line review: This is another book within a series that is good for children. I like the topic of it because there is not a lot of books that help learn/ teach children how to a Awards the book has received (if any):none Appropriate grade level(s):1-3rd Original 3-line summary: Our favorite little dinosaur faces a new mission - the library! He calls on all his friends to go to story time in the library, but with his loud roaring in the hallways, how will he know how to act in the library. Original 3-line review: This is another book within a series that is good for children. I like the topic of it because there is not a lot of books that help learn/ teach children how to act in a public space. All in all its really cute, and its helpful for children that the animation is similar to ones on TV. 2-3 possible in-class uses:- Help children know how to act in a library - teaches children to not always do what your friends do

  27. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Most of the Dinosaur Vs. books are excellent for storytime, but this one (and the potty one) are my all-time favorites for toddlers. We ROAR together, we make animal sounds, and we get some discussion in about libraries and practicing our inside roars. I know it's cliché for librarians who do storytime to love books about libraries and storytime, but this one is great, no questions. Make sure you've got water on hand - the constant roar-ing takes a toll on the vocal chords. Most of the Dinosaur Vs. books are excellent for storytime, but this one (and the potty one) are my all-time favorites for toddlers. We ROAR together, we make animal sounds, and we get some discussion in about libraries and practicing our inside roars. I know it's cliché for librarians who do storytime to love books about libraries and storytime, but this one is great, no questions. Make sure you've got water on hand - the constant roar-ing takes a toll on the vocal chords.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanielaurenwilling

    Not as fun as Dinosaur vs. Santa, but still fun. It did not make me want to read it out loud to my husband, which is my current yardstick for PB greatness. I read it, smiled, and was done. But I will definitely keep an eye out for more Dinosaur vs. books. It's a delightful structure, and the art is super fun. Not as fun as Dinosaur vs. Santa, but still fun. It did not make me want to read it out loud to my husband, which is my current yardstick for PB greatness. I read it, smiled, and was done. But I will definitely keep an eye out for more Dinosaur vs. books. It's a delightful structure, and the art is super fun.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tirzah

    I am always on the lookout for a storytime book that will actively engage the audience. This book is one of those books and it is always a big hit. What kid wouldn't seize the chance to roar period, let alone in a library? The book addresses dinosaur having to roar quietly in the library, which is a fun way to teach kids to be quieter in the library and still have fun. I am always on the lookout for a storytime book that will actively engage the audience. This book is one of those books and it is always a big hit. What kid wouldn't seize the chance to roar period, let alone in a library? The book addresses dinosaur having to roar quietly in the library, which is a fun way to teach kids to be quieter in the library and still have fun.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Hylton

    This book was a hit at storytime! The kids enjoyed roaring like a dinosaur, and also had fun guessing who won out of each of the pairings--dinosaur vs. cow, chicks, turtle, etc. (They decided the cow won, the dinosaur and the chicks both won, and the dinosaur won over the turtle.) It also gave the kids a chance to practice "inside" roaring voices. It was a fun time! This book was a hit at storytime! The kids enjoyed roaring like a dinosaur, and also had fun guessing who won out of each of the pairings--dinosaur vs. cow, chicks, turtle, etc. (They decided the cow won, the dinosaur and the chicks both won, and the dinosaur won over the turtle.) It also gave the kids a chance to practice "inside" roaring voices. It was a fun time!

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