I don't often find books with mysteries in them for young children, so I was intrigued by this one. It was especially fun that the children were hunting a dinosaur!
Sally and Joe are convinced that the mysterious footprints they have discovered must belong to a dinosaur! Could it be? Join them as they follow the clues to find out…but wait -- what if Sally and Joe are right? What if it really is a dinosaur?
Never Follow a Dinosaur was written and illustrated by Alex Latimer. It was published in 2016 by Peachtree Publishers.
“One afternoon, Joe and his sister Sally spotted a strange set of footprints.”
My Thoughts as a Writer:
This cumulative story was a bit different than others that I’ve read since each time a new description of the dinosaur was added. I loved the idea of building on clues through the story.
The illustrations were fun! I really liked the way their imagined dinosaur changed as they found more clues and made more guesses.
My Thoughts as a Teacher:
The clear illustrations make this a nice book for reading aloud to a group. I really liked the clues and how the book modeled that knowing more changed their ideas about what the dinosaur might be like. I also really liked the plans they drew for their trap. It’s a good book for making inferences.
Ages: 5 - 8
Grades: K - 3
Themes: dinosaurs, mysteries, clues,
Make a list of the clues Joe and Sally found when hunting for the dinosaur. Is there another explanation?
Draw your own plan for a dinosaur trap. Label the key features that will help catch a dinosaur.