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Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur
Contributor(s): Dunlap, Cirocco, Pizzoli, Greg (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0399550569     ISBN-13: 9780399550560
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2018
Annotation: The author of This Book Will Not Be Fun and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning illustrator of The Watermelon Seed present the giggle-inducing story of a shy but playful dinosaur who shares whimsical lessons on the art of making friends.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Bashfulness; Fiction.
Apatosaurus; Fiction.
Dinosaurs; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017023650
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 8.25" W x 0.50" (0.85 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): CIROCCO DUNLAP (This Book Will Not Be Fun) has written for and performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She has also written for The New Yorker, the MTV Movie Awards, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and Funny or Die. You can find her at, and follow her on Twitter at @ciroccotweets.

GREG PIZZOLI is an author, illustrator, and screen printer from Philadelphia.

Greg's work has been featured in the New York Times, Communication Arts, and 3x3 magazine, and he's won two Portfolio Honor Awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

In 2009, he received his MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he now teaches.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
An interactive read-aloud features a pink dinosaur who loves birthdays, hats, dancing, and painting, but who is very timid. The direct-address text leads the reader through a number of suggestions ("Go on, say hello") that result in inane mistakes ("Your voice startled him") and occasional silliness. The illustrations are bold and vibrant, but the text often misjudges the reader's responses. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 April #1)

Crunch's name is in the title, but this very funny story is really about the relationship between the reader and Dunlap's (This Book Will Not Be Fun) unseen, tightly wound narrator. The narrator's goal seems sweet and straightforward enough: to introduce the reader, through some interactive prompts, to the pink and introverted Crunch, seen peering out from some thick foliage. But Crunch is exquisitely sensitive and eccentric, and the narrator, though struggling to stay upbeat, is clearly losing energy and patience. Urging readers to sing "Happy Birthday" to coax Crunch out, the narrator babbles a bit deliriously: "He loves birthdays because someone has one every day. He loves days in general. He's very positive." Pizzoli (Good Night Owl) draws Crunch as eager, friendly, and a total goofball; when Crunch thinks he has heard "good light" instead of "good night," he shows up with a big smile and an armful of lamps. One senses that when it is all over and Crunch goes to sleep, the narrator will do so, too. Ages 3–7. Agent for author and illustrator: Steven Malk, Writers House. (May)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

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

PreS-K—Crunch is a hot-pink, nonthreatening dinosaur. An unseen narrator gives readers a series of directions on how to interact with him, setting up an entertaining, interactive story experience. Larger lessons about how to relate to others lurk beneath the surface of this lighthearted tale. Since Crunch is shy, the narrator suggests that readers "be the first to say hello," but not too loudly. When Crunch is scared off, luring him back involves singing the "Happy Birthday" song. Young children get practice in using quiet, loud, and medium voices, introducing themselves, and employing good manners. In the end, readers are prompted to bid Crunch good night and demonstrate how to lie down and get ready to sleep. Crunch's antics may not make this book the best for bedtime reading, but it is successful in exploring varying methods of communication. Humorous illustrations by Geisel-winner Pizzoli are rendered in an appealing childlike cartoon style, with the look of bright pastels. VERDICT Combine this book with Mo Willems's Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct, Lisa Wheeler's "Dino-Sports" series, or Syd Hoff's classic Danny and the Dinosaur for a dynamic storytime. An excellent interactive choice.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.