Skip to main content

Book Review: Dinorific Poetry by Michael Sgrignoli


We recently got the opportunity to read a new children's book called Dinorific Poetry: Stories of ancient animals created by a father and son. This book is the work of Michael Sgrignoli, who wrote all of the poems, and his son, Ethan, who, at age 7, illustrated the book. Originally meant to be a family keepsake, Dinorific Poetry has now been published so we can all enjoy it.

I read the book with C first, and I wish I had been able to record his look of awe when he saw the illustrations. He was so fascinated by the fact that we were reading a book with illustrations that look like things he can draw himself. He thought it was "cool" that a kid who is only a bit older than him is the illustrator of a book. M loved looking at the pictures of dinosaurs and matching them to her little plastic dinosaurs.

The poems are wonderful and fun. I think C's favorite is "Do You Suppose?" in which several different types of dinosaurs play instruments and sing in a band they call "The Really, Really Old Kids on the Block." Here's an excerpt from that poem:
Do you suppose STYRACOSAUR
     could ever sing a song?
And, if she did, would you suppose
     it lasted all day long?

You sort of have to figure that
     it must've been quite loud.
You have to then assume, of course,
     that it would draw a crowd.
Each of the dinosaur names is written phonetically on the page where it's introduced, which certainly helped me read the book properly! My kids aren't actually big fans of dinosaurs, but they really enjoyed this book. I would expect that kids who love dinosaurs will love this book. Sgrignoli includes tidbits of facts within his funny stories, so it actually offers some real lessons about the dinosaurs, even while placing them in unrealistic scenes. It's also a fun example of poetry, which is something we haven't read very often.

Visit the Dinorific Poetry website to read more about Dinorific Poetry, including the story behind its creation.
Read my review of Dinorific Poetry Volume 2

This review was written based on a copy of Dinorific Poetry that I received from the author in exchange for an honest review. A special thanks to Sue at Great Books for Kids and Teens, who put me in touch with the author.

I'm linking up to What My Child is Reading at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns, so check it out if you're looking for more children's book recommendations!

Comments

  1. It looks like a terrific book. How fun it is that a child illustrated it. It's amazing what both kids and parents can do if they really put their minds to it. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

    ReplyDelete
  2. This does sound a like an interesting book. I agree with Natalie the illustrations.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

According to Wikipedia:
The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…

April Reading Review

Where exactly did April go? I swear it was just the middle of March and now it's May. Once again, I'm going to provide a quick review of each of the books I read last month. For the last two weeks of the month, I participated in the Spring Into Horror Readathon hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading. The only rule was that you had to read at least one book that was horror, thriller, etc. I read one book that qualified. With the exception of the first book in my list, the books I mention below were read during the readathon


My book club's May selection was Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. I had started reading this nonfiction book about the author's work representing men, women and children who were on death row in March but finished the book in April. This is an eye-opening story that everyone at my book club discussion agreed should be required reading for law schools and police officers and even legislators who are making the laws related to judgements. I learned to…

Book Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

Title: The Darkest Corners
Author: Kara Thomas
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Published: May 9, 2017
Format: Paperback
Source: Random House Children's Books
Buy on Amazon (affiliate link)


Tessa Lowell left Fayette, Pennsylvania, when she was just 9 years old, moving to Florida with her grandmother. Now she's a recent high school graduate and heading back to town to say goodbye to her dying father. With no family in town anymore, Tessa stays with the family of her former friend Callie, which is pretty awkward since she and Callie haven't spoken since they were little. Being with Callie also brings up questions that Tessa has held onto for the years since she's been gone. Questions about the testimony the young girls gave that sent a man to death row. 

I don't read many young adult novels, but The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas was touted as "the next twisted psychological thriller," so I decided to give it a try... and I'm glad I did. While the story moves r…