Gary the Stegosaurus wants to be a pirate. But then he gets the chance, things do NOT work out. Getting seasick is the least of Gary’s worries once he’s on that ship! This delightful picture book from the Dinosaur Dreams series includes discussion questions, an interactive look-and-find fact section, and dinosaur facts.
This was a fun book to read with my kids and it would definitely be perfect to have around when “Speak Like a Pirate” Day arrives.
The story wonderfully teaches a lesson on how sometimes what we dream of doing may not be possible but that’s okay because we should never stop dreaming to find the perfect fit. At the end of the story there is a fun Dino Dig where answers to the questions are hidden in the art work throughout the book. There ae also facts, discussion questions and a glossary that help turn a fun experience into an educational one as well.
The art work is vivid and perfect with the story as it really brings to life this adorable and well-intentioned dinosaur. There was plenty of humor sprinkled throughout the art like the pirate flag whose traditional skull and crossbones kept changing its expression depending on what was going on in the story. The requisite parrot who seemed to take all the mishaps at ease by finding underwear for the dino, floating on a plastic raft and drinking ‘coffee’?
My favorite was what appeared to be a nod to the Titanic movie where there was a female pirate on a raft while the guy was in the water clinging to the edge.
As a mom I had fun reading this, especially in a pirate voice which made my daughters laugh, and they enjoyed the story. It gave us a great opportunity to talk about some of the things they want to do when they grow up, what it would take to get there and what other things might they enjoy if the first turned out to be something they didn’t want to do after all.
I liked having a book that turned into an opportunity to learn more about my kids.
Thank you to Netgalley and Capstone for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com