Skip to main content

Book Review: Dinorific Poetry Volume 2 by Michael Sgrignoli

This week, I'd like to highlight a great book of poetry that will appeal to most young kids. Two years ago, I reviewed Dinorific Poetry, a collection of dinosaur-related poems written by Michael Sgrignoli and illustrated by his son, Ethan. My kids loved it, so when the author asked me to review Dinorific Poetry Volume 2, I couldn't resist!

The poems in Volume 2 are much more detailed and longer than in the original book. They provide a lot more information about the different dinosaurs as well. This time, we learn about tiny dinosaurs and why the brontosaurus should be called by another name, among other things. Here's an excerpt from the poem "Carnotaurus":
CARNOTAURUS had a pair of horns above his eyes.
Maybe they were ornaments or just a cool disguise.
Maybe he would joust with friends or wave them while he ate --
forcing other dinosaurs to sit around and wait.
I love that the poems are a combination of true facts and silly fantasy. There's one poem about a kid who has poker-playing dinosaurs as babysitters! But even in that poem we get to hear about six different dinosaurs and how to pronounce their names. In "The Dunkleosteus," we get more facts than we may want; evidently this dinosaur got sick often and its "sick balls" have been found, revealing interesting facts about the dinosaur. Gross!

Each poem is once again accompanied by watercolor illustrations created by Ethan Sgrignoli. The illustrations in Volume 2 include Ethan's age when he created them, which I love! His age ranges from 6 to 12 and his artistic abilities have definitely grown over the years. Yet his illustrations are still childlike, giving the book a much more unique and charming appeal.

My kids have been enjoying Diorific Poetry: Volume 2 just as much as the first volume. I highly recommend it if your kids like dinosaurs or if you're looking for a very fun way to introduce poetry to your children.

Visit the author's website
Read an excerpt from each Dinorific Poetry book
Read my review of the first Dinorific Poetry book

This review was written based on a copy of Dinorific Poetry Volume 2 that I received from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

For more children's books reviews, check out What My Child is Reading at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns.


Popular posts from this blog

Getting back to blogging

It seems that blogging has dropped to the bottom of my list for the past year, and was pretty low for the year or two prior to that. I love to read, and am continuing to do so, but as my regular readers know I haven't been around much. My last blog post was almost a year ago!!

There are many things that have taken me away from blogging. Work has been much more challenging and interesting these past few years, but that means I really don't want to get back on the computer when I get home at night - or on the weekends.

Family life has been more busy with kids having multiple activities in the evenings, leaving little time to just hang out and write about the books that I read.

I will admit to a bit of a Facebook addiction, which means way too much time spent scrolling through my newsfeed instead of doing something more productive. This is one of the things I'm working on and hoping that this will free up some time for getting back to the blog.

Overall, life is good. Work is …

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…