Pterodactyl Show and Tell
|August 20, 2018||Posted by admin under Animals, Children's Lit, Picture Book|
Written by Thad Krasnesky
Illustrated by Tanya Leonello
Published by Flashlight Press
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
Publication date: Spring 2018
Review posted on: August 20, 2018
A third grade student brings his pet in to school for a typical “show and tell” except his pet really isn’t all that typical. His pet is a Pterodactyl, which is a prehistoric flying reptile. As you can imagine, pandemonium follows as the Pterodactyl attends classes with his owner and has a difficult time fitting in. Even though the other children and the teacher can’t help but be a little frightened, the young boy is calm and proud as can be. For young readers, the pet’s antics are not scary though; they are just funny. I mean, how can you not find it amusing watching a pterodactyl trying to learn math or play hide and seek!
This book is told from the young boy’s point of view and is done so in a catchy, rhyming pattern. It flows from one classroom to the next following a logical sequence of school-day events. What I really liked about this book is that children can see what kinds of learning activities happen at school. For one, math, but there is also social studies, art, Spanish (learning a new language), science, health and computers. I think what children will really like about this book are the big, bold, and colorful illustrations that show the playfulness of the Pterodactyl as it carries on its day completely oblivious to the chaos it is creating. They’ll be amused from cover to cover.
Dinosaur-loving kids will surely love this book. It’s a funny and sneakily educational tale making it a great book for school and home bookshelves.
For more information about this book, visit the publisher’s website here.