Blog Tour: Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad?

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I love Peachtree Publishers, and their publicist, Emily, is pretty much awesomesauce. So I'm thrilled to share with you today my first Peachtree blog tour of 2013! This book is some kind of cute, and after you read my review, swing by Peachtree's blog: Emily has a list of all the participating blogs -- and I hear there are some giveaways in the mix.

Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad?
Julie Middleton & Russell Ayto (Illustrator)
Peachtree, 2013

If there's one phase that little boys go through, it's dinosaurs. (Some of them never outgrow it, like my brother). And this is one seriously cute dinosaur book that boys - and girls - are sure to enjoy.

Dave and his dad have gone to the museum, and as they stroll through the rooms, Dad is telling Dave about each of the dinosaurs they encounter. Dave, while soaking in this information, is also noticing that something's not quite "right" -- do dinosaurs wink? Or try to eat kids' burgers? Dad assures him that the dinosaurs are dead and it's just his imagination. Until ... with a mighty ROAR the tyrannosaurus rex gets Dad's attention.

The story is simple, but full of dinosaur facts that kids love. The illustrations really steal the show for me, however. Our dinosaurs are quirky, artsy even, with fun patterns and hilarious features. Dave also has some major personality on the page, and his interactions with the "dead dinosaurs" is priceless. A fun, colorful book that'd make a quick read-aloud, but also help inspire further exploration. And maybe prompt a few museum trips.

Book provided by publisher for review.


  1. You, my friend, are awesomesauce as well! Ha! :D So glad we're blogging buddies!

  2. Yep, I have a son, and I can attest to the fact that all boys (and some girls) go through a major dino phase. I am still kind of hoping one of my kids will become a paleontologist. Maybe!