Best Dinosaur Ever

Rhyming children’s book about a little boy’s big imagination for wanting to be his own kind of dinosaur.

Children - Preschool
34 Pages
Reviewed on 03/21/2024
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Author Biography

Lori is an award-winning toy designer and debut children's book author. Her large extended family keeps her laughing and inspires her story and toy ideas. Like in her toys, Lori enjoys sparking the imagination and adding small details for kids to discover. Lori lives in Bedford, New York, with her husband Steve, lots of fish, and two silly French bulldogs.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kathy Golden for Readers' Favorite

Best Dinosaur Ever by Lori Rotter is an inviting read for all children and especially for those who love dinosaurs. It is the story of Milo, who is a wonderful character. He is a young man with a love of all things dinosaurs and who has his own personal mindset regarding them. In fact, he is on a mission to be as much like his beloved friends as he can be. I really like the color scheme in this book. It is bright and fun and so inviting. There are little dinosaurs everywhere, and you get the feeling that they are alive and that they just appear wherever Milo is because he draws them to him. His antics with his family in pursuit of his mission are hilarious and so well captured by the illustrator, Vaughan Duck.

I laughed out loud at the aftermath of Milo’s dinosaur prank involving his sister. Milo’s most outstanding characteristics are his persistence and determination. He does not allow any observations from his family to deter him. He does not allow any anatomical differences to keep him from steadfastly going about being what he wants to be. These traits displayed by Milo are the great strengths and encouragement of this story. It is through this that Best Dinosaur Ever shows children how to tap into their own greatest gift: that of an imagination that’s always there to help them be whatever they want to be. Thank you, Lori Rotter, for such an inspiring children’s book.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

In Best Dinosaur Ever, author Lori Rotter introduces young readers to Milo, who knows from reading facts about dinosaurs that some have "razor-sharp teeth" and "big, mighty jaws." After looking at his body and teeth, he notices that his physical characteristics are not equivalent. Still, he wants to be a dinosaur. He practices his roar, startling his sister, and tests out his teeth on items in the kitchen, hoping they can rip, tear, and chomp like the dinosaurs he wants to emulate. His mom is shocked at the mess he leaves in his wake, and his family tries to make him understand he's a child. Undeterred, Milo continues in his quest to be the Best Dinosaur Ever.

Lori Rotter's whimsical, rhyming lines are easy to read. Vibrant images by artist Vaughn Duck draw children's eyes as they listen to a story that may mirror their desire to be like something they've read about in a book. Milo demonstrates confidence as he practices his roaring and chomping abilities, and he shows determination when he professes he will be "the best dino ever." I liked Milo's imagination and ingenuity. When he couldn't achieve the results he wanted with the teeth and lungs he possessed, he developed a way to attain similar results. My children enjoyed the expressions the toy dinosaurs made on every page as they watched Milo. It was interesting to see when they were happy, worried, or exhausted by his efforts. Best Dinosaur Ever is a great book for little ones who love dinosaurs or children who use out-of-the-box thinking when they solve a problem.

Michelle Stanley

“The power of imagination makes anything possible!” in Best Dinosaur Ever by Lori Rotter, a storybook for pre-schoolers. Milo was a little boy fond of playing with his toy dinosaurs and reading about them. He imagined being a dinosaur but his father told him it was impossible. That did not deter Milo who pretended he had razor-sharp teeth and claws. He snuck up behind his sister and scared her with a big roar! She wasn’t pleased and neither was his mother when she saw the mess a “Chomp-A-Saurus” made in the kitchen. Milo decided to be a different type of dinosaur who didn’t have sharp claws and teeth and went to his room to design his costume. He became a dinosaur known as Milo-A-Saurus! Will he be a scary dinosaur? How will Milo’s family react this time?

Best Dinosaur Ever is a rhyming children’s story by Lori Rotter about the active imagination that Milo has and how determined and creative he is to become a dinosaur as he is very fond of his toy dinosaurs. I adored the fun, brightly colored illustrations by Vaughan Duck as these enhance the author’s storytelling with their awesome images. The story has catchy rhymes and children will be amused by Milo’s efforts to become a dinosaur. I’m sure they will want their own dinosaur costumes or want to create another character. Best Dinosaur Ever is recommended for pre-schoolers. It’s a lovely book to teach youngsters about shapes, colors, and different dinosaurs.