Monday, March 23, 2015

Review: Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes

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Sometimes being different is good...even if it means having a tail and spikes
Everyone knows the dinosaur gene skips a generation. So it wasn't a complete surprise when Sawyer sprouted a tail and spikes before he started fifth grade. After all, his grandfather was part stegosaurus.
Despite Principal Mathis's Zero Tolerance Policy, Sawyer is a bully magnet, befriended only by BFF Elliot and the weird new girl. When the bullies start disappearing, Sawyer is relieved-until he discovers a secret about the principal that's more shocking than Dino DNA. Now it's up to the unlikely trio to rescue their tormentors from a galactically horrible fate.

We received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
I started reading this to K before bedtime and we could only read one chapter a night as the chapters were a bit long for us. K listened up to about chapter 16 and then he was losing interest so I ended up finishing the book myself. I think for K the long chapters were just a bit too much for him and I am not sure if he is fully ready for the chapter books like I hoped.
But anywho onto the review.
Dinosaur Boy is about a young boy named Sawyer who is human one minute and the next he has become a dinosaur. But he is not a carnivorous dinosaur he is a herbivore eating dinosaur. Now just because Sawyer has been turned into a dinosaur because of his DNA that has been passed to his generation he is the same person he has always been. 
Now that he is considered different there are people in his school that like to pick on him and have become bullies. It is totally uncalled for as Sawyer stays to himself but that doesn't help matters. They throw things at him, laugh at him, use his plates as a ring toss. 
As time goes on in school Sawyer and his best friend Elliot meet a new girl who is out of this world. And together they all learn that something suspicious is going on in their school to those that bully people. 
Sawyer and his friends have to make a decision to either help the guys and girls who bully people out or let them be to their fate.
 Now at the beginning there seemed to be a huge amount of information on the dinosaur gene and how it became to be which at times it did feel overwhelming.
Overall the story was good and I am glad that I gave it a chance to read. I liked the twist on the end and it had me remember that middle school books are always so much fun to read. This book I believe is better for the older kids to read maybe third grade on up.
Maybe when K reaches a certain age he will be willing to give this book a try.





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