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This is probably one of the best books we read in the last couple of months. And I’m not just saying that because of the main character being a dinosaur, the kids being very diverse, the rhymes flowing beautifully, or the illustrations being magnificent. What we loved most in fact was how the main character and the other kids in the book underwent a significant personal development that was visualised in the book through art (Spoiler: The dino starts out as being grey = mainly invisible to others, and turned colourful towards the end = having found a true friend and recognition for who he is). Overall, a great read that I’ll recommend to my sons’ preschool and school, respectively.
This beautifully-illustrated story has a great message for kids about including others in their activities, and what it feels like to get left out. Poor Deegan has sharp claws, so the other kids are afraid to play with him. When a new girl joins the class, she sees how upset he is and soon has everyone working together to try and solve the claw problem!
The rhyming verse and rhythm didn’t always quite work for my accent, but this didn’t detract from the story. Kids will love spotting things in the “prehistoric” themed illustrations. I particularly enjoyed the diversity of characters portrayed, including a Stone Age wheelchair user!
Dino Deegan liked to play on the swings. His friends wouldn’t play with him because his claws were too sharp. Dino Deegan tried to explain to everyone why he needed them. When Dino Deegan got home his mother said some kind words. Dino Deegan got lucky on the playground the next day Cass came up & introduced herself to him. They became god friends.
What did the students: Imani; Angus; & Daisy do then?
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An awesome book cover, great hand-drawn colored pictures, charming illustrations & proper font & writing style. A very professionally written children’s (preschool/elementary age) dinosaur storybook. It was quite easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters, settings, etc. to keep track of. This could also make another great children’s educational presentation (being kind/considerate of others), movie, an animated cartoon, or better yet a mini-TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is an extremely easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free author; ReadingDeals; Amazon Digital Services LLC. Kindle Mobi; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
Basically a dinosaur who goes to a school made up of both various kinds of dinosaur and human children, is bullied by the other kids because it has sharp claws, who don't allow it to play with them. The text doesn't always flow as well as it could, sometimes it could have done with less words in a sentence to flow better. Would have also liked it to have not just been a coincidence that a new girl turns up the next day after he's had a talk with his mother to try and solve the problem, as it would have been more effective if he'd actually thrown their bullying words back in their face and made them put themselves in his situation rather than her doing. Not also sure about the other kids covering up his claws to let him play with them either, I mean in the real world would a kid with a disability or deformity, or different skin colour or something be forced to cover that up?
Dino Deegan and the Unpleasant Class has been formatted to be read in landscape mode (holding your device horizontally), where it takes up almost the entire screen. Words and pictures display together on the screen like a traditional picture book open to two pages. A lot of self published Kindle authors can't be bothered to format their work and it displays like a mess with bits of text on one page and an image on a small part of the screen on another, so I always like to take the time to point out when authors care about their reader's experience and their own work enough to take the time to format it.
The whimsically sweet illustrations and clever rhyme scheme tell a great story of inclusion. The other kids were so afraid of Dino’s claws that they deliberately left him out of their games. Even though someone may seem big and scary, this book does a great job of showing that everyone has feelings and that what might appear to be “scary” is just different. When one brave girl befriends Dino in the spirit of kindness, everything changes. A great story!
A lovely story about a dinosaur wanting to become friends with its classmates: I liked this book because it teaches children how to include others and not isolate them because of differences and to be kind. This book is written in rhyme and nicely illustrated with colorful images. I think this story would be perfect for children that are not feeling included. It also helps show all children how to recognize the need for acceptance. Perfect for all school-age children.
My 7 year old and I absolutely love this book. The story is very heartwarming and encourages kids to be kind and include other kids, come up with creative solutions and keep looking for true friends that will be there for them no matter what. A great story about friendship. The tips at the end of the book are cute and helpful. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous and inspired my 7 year old to find Zoe's website and look through more of her work. We love how Dino starts out grey and gets his colors back as his friendships blossom. We also love that the characters are diverse and my daughter really liked the cool stone wheelchair and the various hairstyles. She was so inspired, she plans to be Dino Deegan for our book week (Australia) and Halloween! We found a dinosaur costume and she's going to wear a tie-dye shirt over it. She also noticed the dogs in the book and we loved that they are the Author's dog and the illustrator's dog who recently passed away. Beautiful book.