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Bigger Than You
Contributor(s): Kyung, Hyewon
ISBN: 0062683128     ISBN-13: 9780062683120
Publisher: Greenwillow
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: July 2018
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Annotation: Young dinosaurs alternate on a seesaw as they advance in size and competitiveness until the point that Tyrannosaurus ruins their fun and his mother intervenes to ensure they all play together happily.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dinosaurs; Fiction.
Playgrounds; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Size & Shape
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018168028
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 10.00" W x 0.50" (0.85 lbs)
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #6)
A fallen tree balanced atop a boulder makes a perfect prehistoric seesaw in Kyung's picture-book mash-up of dinosaurs, playtime, and simple machines. "Who wants to play with me?" asks a Dimetrodon perched on the seesaw. A Minmi steps onto the opposite end, lifting the Dimetrodon into the air. "I'm bigger than you," the Minmi says with a smug grin. But it's a short-lived victory. A page-turn reveals an even larger dinosaur (a Therizinosaurus), who quickly triumphs. Over the next four spreads, this pattern—newcomer outweighs previous winner—repeats, as does the boastful refrain, but with two clever tweaks: Kyung's text increases in size and changes color to match each new victor. Rendered with paints, watercolors, and Korean paper called hanji, Kyung's illustrations are initially muted in tone. Then a fiery-red T. rex appears, shaking up the color palette and the narrative when it loses its temper and breaks the seesaw. But the story doesn't end there. Kyung plays with size—and basic physics—one more time, with the surprise arrival of the biggest dinosaur yet: the T. rex's mother. Play soon resumes—cooperatively, this time—on a slide built with (ta-da!) the broken seesaw parts. It's a solution as elegant as…a simple machine. A dinosaur line-up identifies species, name pronunciations, relative sizes, and time periods. Final diagrams explain seesaws (levers) and slides (inclined planes). tanya d. auger Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 April #5)

Dinosaurs with skins of subtly graded hues inhabit a misty Mesozoic forest, giving the spreads of this story a mysterious, otherworldly atmosphere. By contrast, its demonstration of comparative weight and balance couldn't be clearer. "Who wants to play with me?" asks a lilac-colored dimetrodon, who teeters on one end of a big log balanced on a rock. An orange dinosaur (a minmi, the dinosaur guide at the back of the book explains) mounts the other end, driving the dimetrodon up into the air. "I'm bigger than you," the minmi says. Drama builds as larger and larger dinosaurs step onto alternate ends of the log, and to underscore the action, the type grows larger, too. Working in hanji (traditional Korean paper) and paint accented with watercolor, Kyung creates scenes in green and silvery gray—that is, until a fire-engine-red Tyrannosaurus rex shows up, and the emotional temperature rises (and the log takes some punishment). Dinosaurs, physical action, playful repetition, and things that grow bigger and bigger will grab the attention of even the wiggliest listeners. Ages 4–8. (July)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 July)

PreS-K—Curvilinear young dinosaurs rendered in watercolors one-up one another on a seesawing log. From dimetrodon to brachiosaurus, they progress in size and competitiveness until a baby T. rex behaves terribly and his mother intervenes and insists that they all play nicely together. The seesaw becomes a slide and all ends happily. A spread in the back lists the pronunciation of each species of dinosaur and indicates how long ago they lived. The last page introduces simple machines and how levers and inclined planes work. VERDICT Can there possibly be too many simple stories about dinosaurs for preschoolers? Of course not! This one will make a big hit at storytime.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.