A commendable variety of dinosaur species rock their young ones to sleep with dino-themed text set to the classic nursery rhyme and lullaby, “Rock-a-bye Baby.” Each dinosaur family included in the bedtime book displays a different getting-ready-for-bed task, such as cleaning up, reading a book, and being tucked in. However, the tasks aren’t presented in order, creating a confusing compilation of bedtime routines paired with the repetitive notion of different ways to say goodnight. The illustrations, while colorful and fun as they portray the dinosaur species in a playful way, are ultimately forgettable. The dinosaur names are sometimes cleverly rhymed, as in the case of “Iguanodon / yawn” while other instances are just near rhymes, such as “Pterodactyl / bill.” The cadence of the text is left lacking, as the dino version presented doesn’t flawlessly fit the classic lullaby tune, especially throughout the dinosaur names. A little more refinement in the syllable count would have gone a long way to strengthening the musical nature of this bedtime book and creating a more feasible bedtime read, though dinosaur lovers are sure to still chomp this story up after taking a little time to perfect the song.
Chie Boyd is an illustrator who lives in San Francisco, California. She has produced work for numerous books, brands of animation, art galleries, and mobile games. She draws inspiration from nature, graphic design, and anything adorable. When she isn’t drawing, Chie enjoys tending to an indoor garden and taking care of her pet pigeons.
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