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Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Stealth-O-Saurs! Dinosaurs in Disguise by Stephen Krensky

MOST PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT DINOSAURS ARE LONG GONE.

BUT I SAY PEOPLE ARE WRONG!

After all, dinosaurs were the dominant species for eons and eons!

IF THEY COULD DO THAT, THEY COULD SURVIVE ONE FIERY BLAST.

A boy believes that the dinosaurs are still among us, albeit as masters of masquerade. In the guise of the Sphinx, palm trees, the Statue of Liberty, greenery scenery, and even as a red-suited Santa Saurus, they hide in full sight in the modern world.

Our little dino connoisseur longs for the dinosaurs to go public. He thinks they'd enjoy picking up fast food at the drive-by, watching movies on Saturday night with their friends, and taking the plane for vacation trips.

But then, the boy has a sad thought. Maybe the dinosaurs have a good reason for subterfuge. Maybe they just are...

... UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE WAY THINGS ARE RIGHT NOW.

Perhaps the dinos have their reasons for staying undercover. Maybe this is not a good time for these covert camouflaged critters to come in out of the cold. Could it be that they are waiting for us to clean up our act first?

THEIR SECRET IS SAFE WITH ME.

Veteran author Stephen Krensky's latest, Dinosaurs in Disguise (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016) has a humorous premise in one kid's fantasy of dinos among us and what might happen if these sleeper operatives were outed, coupled with the serious question of whether these big beasts might choose not to be at home in the modern world. Krensky's story relies on the services of famed illustrator Lynn Munsinger to provide the humorous drawings of dinos hiding in plain sight among the humans, costumed as cavemen, a knight's battle steed, traffic light supports, and Pilgrim fathers, and finally settling in with their friend at the end for a bedtime story sleepover. with one holdout dino still disguised as a bedside lamp. Young readers will want to pour over the pages and rejoice at each stealth dinosaur they spot.

Share this one with Carol Carrick's classics Patrick's Dinosaurs Book & CD (Read Along Book & CD) and What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs? both also from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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