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The dinosaur tamer, Carol Greathouse ; illustrated by John Shroades

Label
The dinosaur tamer
Title
The dinosaur tamer
Statement of responsibility
Carol Greathouse ; illustrated by John Shroades
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
After Rocky lassoes the most ferocious dinosaur in the West, T. Rex pulls him through fifteen states and three national parks before one of them is ready to yield
Review
  • PreS-K Who knew purple, green, and striped dinosaurs in need of taming roamed the Wild West? In true outlaw fashion, there’s a showdown between Rocky (a cowboy small-in-stature but larger-than-life), who “could rope a Stegosaurus at ninety paces while wearin’ a blindfold and eatin’ a prickly pear,” and “the toughest, the most ferocious dinosaur to ever kick dirt: T. Rex.” They tussle their way through almost every western state until Rocky gets the upper hand and rides T. Rex off into the sunset. The story centers on the skirmishes between the two, featuring plenty of action in locales as varied as the Olympic Rainforest and the South Dakota Badlands. While the brightly colored dinosaurs are big and have menacing expressions (reminiscent of Mark Teague’s dinosaurs in How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?, 2003), they aren’t overly scary. The brief text is folksy and fast paced. Pair with other American tall tales such as Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs (1994) or one of Steven Kellogg’s adaptations such as Mike Fink (1992) or Pecos Bill (1986). -- Enos, Randall (Reviewed 09-15-2009) (Booklist, vol 106, number 2, p63)
  • K-Gr 3— Greathouse uses the Old West as a setting for this tall tale in which a tough little dinosaur-wrangling cowboy meets his match in a T. rex. Rocky lassoes the "rip-roarin'est, snip-snort'est reptilian that ever did stomp the earth," and the creature drags him all over the western half of the country before it is tamed. Shroades's cartoon illustrations convincingly depict the dinosaurs in their Wild West setting. The use of shadow and texture provides the sense of hyperrealism familiar to the post-Toy Story set. While Tamer is a mash-up that flows well as a read-aloud, it is an additional purchase.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC --Lisa Egly Lehmuller (Reviewed November 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 11, p78)
  • /* Starred Review */ Greathouse and Shroades's rollicking debut, set “back when the old, old West was still as green as a bristlecone pine and cowboys were as common as warts on a Stegosaurus ,” introduces pint-sized cowboy Rocky who “teethed on a Deinonychus femur and used an Ankylosaurus tail as a rattle” and specializes in taming dinos of all sizes. Though the book is full of delightful hyperbole and outlandish claims, both author and artist sprinkle it with authentic dinosaur names and features; Shroades uses a palette of fantastical colors for his dinos, as when Rocky ropes a purple and blue stegosaurus “at ninety paces while wearin' a blindfold and eatin' a prickly pear.” But trouble surfaces with the arrival of T. Rex—the “rip-roarin'est, snip-snortin'est reptilian that ever did stomp the earth.” The artist wisely maintains T. Rex's slightly menacing and mischievous expression throughout, even when the tamed beast becomes “as docile as a fresh-hatched platypus pup.” Greathouse's humorous tall tale language never falters, and readers will relish cinematic scenes of Rocky and T. Rex tussling, creating several American landmarks in the process. Ages 4–8. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed October 12, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 41, p48)
  • Greathouse takes readers back to the Really Old West for an outsized dustup between T.Rex, "the rip-roarin'est, snip-snortin'est reptilian that ever did stomp the earth," and young Rocky, a dino tamer able to rope even Stegosaurus with his thousand-foot, crocodile-hide lariat since he was he was "knee-high to a Pterodactyl egg." Schroades depicts the seesaw, continent-spanning contest in suitably big scenes featuring broad, rocky landscapes, plenty of brightly patterned dinos and a grinning, moon-faced lad topped by a notched Stetson. A map that stretches from the Mississippi River to the Pacific is dotted with red T.Rex tracks showing where the battle wended, with such landmarks as the Grand Canyon and Crater Lake (both created in the tussle) marked. By the end Rocky has his new cayuse munching on a zucchini and "docile as a fresh-hatched platypus pup," ready to ride out into cowpoke legend. Yessiree, it's the finest dino-meets-cowboy yarn since Betty G. Birney's Tyrannosaurus Tex, illustrated by John O'Brien (1994). (Picture book. 6-8) (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2009)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
334814
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Greathouse, Carol
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 3
Reading level
4.5
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Shroades, John
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cowboys
  • Tyrannosaurus rex
  • Dinosaurs
  • Cowboys
  • Tyrannosaurus rex
  • Dinosaurs
  • Cowboys
  • Dinosaurs
  • Tyrannosaurus rex
  • West (U.S.)
Target audience
primary
Label
The dinosaur tamer, Carol Greathouse ; illustrated by John Shroades
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
754008
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780525478669
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2010278940
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780525478669
  • (OCoLC)311784228
Label
The dinosaur tamer, Carol Greathouse ; illustrated by John Shroades
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
754008
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780525478669
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2010278940
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780525478669
  • (OCoLC)311784228

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