So Cool: Dinos

National Geographic. (So Cool/So Cute). Feb. 2021. 32p. Tr $6.99. ISBN 9781426339042.
PreS-Gr 3–Whether dinosaurs are the size of a chicken or a building, this book proclaims that all of them are “so cool!” This irreverent introductory text leans into that message, highlighting some basic and fun facts for young dinosaur fans, along with a hefty dose of silliness. One of the first installments in the new “So Cool/So Cute” series, the book has large, realistic illustrations and text features common to nonfiction, with a high level of accessibility. Most spreads feature a concept presented in two or three sentences, sometimes with an insert providing greater detail. The facing page features a digital illustration labeled with the dinosaur’s name and pronunciation, and a pithy speech bubble nearby (e.g., “Nice to EAT you!”). Dinosaur books are always in demand, and the humor and design of this text will appeal to many young readers. It will be especially appreciated by independent readers who want to engage with more mature-looking material without hitting their frustration threshold.
VERDICT A goofy and accessible introduction to dinosaurs that is likely to have broad appeal. Recommended for general purchase.

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