Sunday, October 5, 2014

Review: Dino-Mike and the T. Rex Attack Franco Aureliani

Dino-Mike is on the trail of a T. rex in this chapter book adventure! The son of a famous paleontologist, young Michael Evans travels the world with his dino-huntin' dad. As dad digs dino bones, Mike does some exploring on his own and winds up finding a live T. rex! After tracking what couldnt possibly be real, Mike meets a mysterious kid that seems to know why and how the real dinosaur got here. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page, Dino-Mike chapter books are perfect for beginning readers. Written and illustrated by the Eisner-Award winning creator of Tiny Titans, Franco.

We received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

So K actually got this father to read up to chapter 8 with him before bedtime. And I got to read the rest of the book and find out the ending. But I then decided I would go back and read up to chapter 8 so I could find out what was going on. This is a pretty cool book. We have Mike who is on a dinosaur dig with his father, how awesome is that for a young kid to be able to dig up dinosaurs. Well while they are on this dig, Mike's father gives him this awesome dinosaur jacket that lights up, makes sounds and even looks like the skin of a dinosaur. K decided he wanted me to learn how to make him one. 
While on this dig site, Mike ends up actually finding a real life dinosaur and that is when the whole fun begins. Mike ends up meeting someone who has come to put the T-Rex back in its time period. Shannon and Mike set up a trap, drive a hot dog truck only to have a villain not a really horrible villain but one none the less. Jurassic Jeff who wants to let the T-Rex run free in our world. 

So it is up to Shannon and Mike to send the T-Rex back and it seems like it is more work than it is fun to actually meet a dinosaur. Will the succeed? Or will Jurassic Jeff end up sabotaging the hard work that Shannon and Mike do to send the T-Rex back to his own time? 

There are illustrations within the book that I thought was great to have so it captures the attention of the young readers. And the pictures are drawn fantastical or so I thought. The writing was well written, and I could see maybe 2nd graders reading this book by themselves. 
Overall a great short chapter book that I think children from age 6 on up would really enjoy.

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