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Reviewed by Kathy Golden for Readers' Favorite
Dino Doo Dah: A Dinosaur Book of Silly Dino Rhymes for Modern Dino Times by Rod Chay is an entertaining book for dinosaur lovers of all ages. The illustrations by Leysan Sovetnikova are clean and refreshing. I enjoyed the wide-openness of each of the drawings. They make you feel that you are right there in that time of lush greenery when dinosaurs walked the earth. Bold and wonderfully colored pictures of the dinosaurs also create the feeling of watching a live cartoon.
Each page features a different dinosaur. On the left side of the page, along with the creature’s name, is an interesting fact or tidbit about it along with the first half of the rhyme just for this species. Then, on the right side, you are transported into modern times. It’s great the way the scenery changes to present-day and the dinosaur in question is depicted as this totally cool dino, with all its modern bells and whistles. Add to that, the second part of the rhyme is completed.
The setup in Rod Chay’s Dino Doo Dah is ingenious. The best part is that both the past and the present texts and the rhymes all work together as tools to help children who love dinosaurs easily learn and memorize more about them. The shifts, from past to present, also help children to see the two time periods side by side. The background changes from one era to the other are done in a way so that children can easily play a game of seeking out the differences from one era to the next. Thank you, Rod Chay, for your fun and educational dinosaur book.