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Lisa Wheeler By (author)
Barry Gott Illustrated by
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Lerner Publishing Group

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11.0 X 9.1 in
32 pg

JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Skateboarding
JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)


Team Green Machine battles the Shredding Crew for dino-boarding domination!

Allo and Diplo thrill the surfing crowd, while Compy comes up short on a short board. In the next round, Iguano, Raptor, and the Ptero Twins fly high on skateboards. And who will win the snowboarding half-pipe? Tricera and T-Rex each think they'll take home the prize. Let's hope the dinos remembered their helmets―these tricks might get gnarly!

Dinosaurs face off in prehistoric sports competitions—from baseball to wrestling and every sport in between! Will the plant-eaters become the champions? Or will the meat-eaters be victorious? Fast-paced, rhyming commentary and exuberant illustrations put readers right in the action. Sure to thrill dinosaur lovers and sports fans alike!


"This entry in the dino-sports books focuses on all kinds of boards: surf, skate, and snow. Dinosaurs enthusiastically compete in all three sports, hand out the prizes, and then move on to swimming season in a clever teaser for a potential new series entry. The rhyming text is unforced, energetic, and peppered with sports terminology. There are so many competitors that it's hard to keep track of them, but it hardly matters, as it's action, not character development, that is the point here. The colorful, computer-generated illustrations are busy, exciting, and full of motion—a good match for the text. A female dinosaur competes and wins the surfboarding competition, and all of the dinosaurs display good sportsmanship and proper use of their equipment. In fact, readers get a 'Hooray for helmets!' when Iguano falls off his skateboard. This is a fun celebration of sports and dinosaurs with broad kid appeal." —School Library JournalJournal

"Wheeler and Gott appear to be in zero danger of running out of athletic competitions for dinosaurs to go head to head in (not to mention crest to spike). In this seventh book, Gott's chunky, angular dinos catch waves on short and long boards, ride the half-pipe on skateboard, and show off snowboard tricks on the slopes. Wheeler channels her best X-Games patter as carnivores and herbivores do battle: 'Dino skate fans look alert./ Those Ptero Twins are goin' vert!/ Twin One rolls right up the ramp./ Grabs the coping like a clamp.' Just right for budding skate and surf bros." —Publishers WeeklyJournal

"Young sports fans will find plenty to cheer about in the latest Dino series picture book. Following up on the popular picture books Dino-Wrestling (2013), Dino-Football (2012), Dino-Baseball (2010), Dino-Soccer (2009), and Dino-Hockey (2007), Wheeler makes a brilliant lateral move to board sports. No, not board games; the agile dinosaurs are now competing on surfboards, skateboards, and snowboards, as hordes of loyal fans fill the stands. Well suited to the series' audience, the book's rhymed couplets and digital illustrations capture the energy and excitement of sports competitions. Wheeler uses plenty of X Games jargon in the text and even includes one classical reference: 'He waves to fans and lifts his board. / He came. He saw. He rocked. He scored!' Meanwhile, Gott echoes the nonstop rhythm of the words in a series of nicely varied, action-packed scenes showing dinosaurs in motion. What's next for these sports-obsessed dinos? No spoilers here, but the big reveal comes on the last page." —BooklistJournal

Author Bio

Lisa Wheeler is the award-winning author of the Dino-Sports and Dino-Holidays books. When she isn't running around the country visiting schools, standing at podiums, and eating airport snacks, she resides in Michigan.
Barry Gott lives in Ohio and has illustrated many children's books, including all of the Dino-Sports and Dino-Holidays books and What DO Teachers Do (After YOU Leave School)?