Tuesday, August 23, 2016
By Stephan Lomp
Chronicle Books, 2016. Picture book.
Babysaurus is enjoying eating leaves with his Mamasaurus when he slips off her giant back into the trees and becomes lost. So Babysaurus sets off to ask the other dinosaurs if they have seen her. Tritopa asks if she has a long horn like her own mama, Ptero asks if she has wings, and Rexy asks if she has sharp teeth. But none of them have seen her. Where is Mamasaurus?
The theme is familiar, reminiscent of P.D. Eastman’s “Are You My Mother?” but this fresh take, complete with adorable dinosaurs, is sure to gain fans. The simple text and memorable story beg for repeat readings. The vibrantly colored dinos pop against the black backgrounds and there are plenty of Mamasaurus snuggles to go around.