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Dinosaur Surprise

Written & illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi
Published by Minedition
5.75 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.8 / 5.0
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“Accordion style flaps terrifically transform illustrations of tiny animals into exciting dinosaurs.”

In Baruzzi’s accordion style lift-the-flap board book, each page initially shows a tiny animal—like a butterfly, turtle, or jellyfish—with an accompanying line of introductory text. For example, paired with a tiny green snake is “Look out, little snake!” But once a reader unfolds the page (a nice variation on the more common flaps-that-flip-open interaction), the full illustration of what looked to be a snake exposes the middle body of a dinosaur: initially hidden by the flaps, there’s actually “a huge Kronosaurus in the water.” This delightful and unique take on the subject of dinosaurs is exciting in it’s reveal from little animal to dinosaur. The surprise found on each page—like that of “You could pet this hedgehog . . . but you wouldn’t want to pet this Parasaurolophus”—piques curiosity, especially with the discovery of less familiar dinosaurs included in this read. The illustrations are playful and simplified, rather than realistic, with basic, bold colors highlighted on each page. Some additional information on the dinosaurs included in the book could have added a fun touch and a deeper dive, but this primer is sure to be a hit for dinosaur lovers and novices alike.

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Publisher Summary

What could be more exciting to a toddler than animals that turn into dinosaurs? Every animal in this book looks cute and small–until you unfold the flaps to reveal a much bigger dinosaur within! Is that a jellyfish or a Pterodactyl? Is that a parrot or a Triceratops? Open the flaps to find out…

What Kind of Book is Dinosaur Surprise

Primarily about:
dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures
prehistoric times

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Trusted Reviews & Ratings

Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
5.75 / 7.0
The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
6.0 / 7.0

Such a creative board book.

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
5.5 / 7.0

Super fun board book with flaps that at first appear to be something else, but when opened, the shape changes into a dinosaur! My only wish is that they had phonetic spelling because I personally slow down at a bunch of the dinosaur names I’m less familiar with, but overall a very fun idea that makes for a fun twist on a dinosaur book.

Book Lists That Include Dinosaur Surprise

Book Topics › lift-the-flaps
Loveable Lift-the-Flap Children's Books
Book Topics › dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures
Children's Books About Dinosaurs And Prehistoric Creatures
Book Topics › prehistoric times
Children's Books About Prehistoric Times
Book Topics › fiction
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Who Wrote Dinosaur Surprise

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Agnese Baruzzi

Agnese Baruzzi has written and illustrated more than 40 children’s books that have been published in Italy, the UK, Japan, Portugal, the US, France, and South Korea. Her books with White Star include Curious Creatures, Dinosaurs Mix & Match, Dining with Monsters!, Topsy-Turvy Monsters, I’m Going to Eat You!, and Hansel and Gretel. (Bio via Sterling Fall 2018 Catalog.)

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Publication Date:
March 1, 2020

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