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. Volume XI Number 7 . . . . November 26, 2004
Alberta, is famous for the discovery of many different dinosaur bones
which are housed in the Royal Tyrrell Museum; of course, this is during
But this imaginative offering reveals just what happens when the nighttime comes to Drumheller and these bones stir, connect and dance.
Then the fun begins as these ancient skeletons come to life and begin their tango, fandango, shimmy and shake through the dark and dusty badlands. There is a joyful rollicking often repeated refrain of:
This kind of rhythm and beat will have children thumping their feet and clapping their hands, eager to join the dinosaur beat. Heidbreder is known for strong cadence and rhythm. In this picture book, he lives up to his reputation for an inventive text and playful witty rhymes, even though several rhyming couplets seem to have an awkward meter and need practice for a read-aloud, lest one trip during the Dino dance.
The artwork by Bill Slavin and Esperança Melo is sheer delight. These double-page spreads are rendered in acrylics on gessoed paper and give life to the rhyming text as the bones come together to form wild dancing skeletons, Richly coloured backgrounds of deep blues, oranges, rusts and reds are a nice contrast to the white curving text and the mauve coloured dancing bones. Add exuberant, joyful children to the party, and the results are magical illustrations.
Reesa Cohen is an Instructor of Children's Literature and Information Literacy at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB.
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