Dad and the Dinosaur
by Choldenko, Gennifer; Santat, Dan (ILT)

Wishing to be as brave as his father, young Nicholas musters his courage by keeping a good-luck toy dinosaur that he credits with his successes until the toy goes missing. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of Al Capone Does My Shirts and the Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator of Beekle. Simultaneous eBook.

Gennifer Choldenko is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor Award-winning author of ten children's books, including A Giant Crush, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone Does My Homework. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Newbery Honor Book author Choldenko and Caldecott Medal-winning artist Santat collaborate here to celebrate dads' contributions to parenting. Young Nicholas has many fears: the dark, bushes filled with giant bugs, and the undersides of manhole covers. To keep his fears at bay, he carries a small toy dinosaur with him, usually hidden somewhere in his clothing. When the toy disappears during a soccer game, Nicholas' worries return. Luckily Dad (Big Nick) comprehends the situation and immediately takes his son back to the darkened field to search for the talisman. Choldenko excels in creating believable characters whose empathy and emotional quotients match their other successes. Santat's mixed-media illustrations feature many nighttime scenes rendered in blues, dark greens, and black. Line drawings depicting Nicholas' imagination, mostly concerning the dinosaur, are also successfully integrated into the full-color art. This works as a story about bravery, as well as a paean to dads. Pair with Mo Willems' Knuffle Bunny Too (2007), which features another understanding father.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Popular and acclaimed in their own rights, Choldenko and Santat's joint endeavor is guaranteed to draw a crowd. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

With Dad on his side, a kid finds it easier to be brave.Little Nick has three fears: the dark outside, bugs, and the undersides of manhole covers. But his dad's not afraid of anything. With his plastic T. Rex in his pocket, Nick can be brave, just like Big Nick. After all, dinos aren't afraid of the dark, bugs, or manhole covers, so Nick can conquer the climbing wall and score against the soccer goalie nicknamed Gorilla. But when the talisman falls out of his sock after said goal, Nick's bravery seems lost as well, and the night is long and dark and scary. When Dad comes to soothe Nick after a bad dream, the tale comes out, and Dad is supercool about the whole thing, driving Nick to the field to search: "It's guy stuff," he tells Nick's mother as they are leaving. With the rediscovery of Nick's dino, his bravery returns as well, only this time, Nick isn't the only one who knows his secret, and he knows deep down that all guys are afraid sometimes. Cleverly, Santat's pencil, w atercolor, ink, acrylic, and Photoshop illustrations show the outline of a giant monochromatic dinosaur helping Nick conquer each hurdle, and when the toy is lost, Nick looks smaller without it, his fears visible in the background. Nick and his family seem to be white, though the soccer players are diverse.Dads get it: being brave takes work…and a dinosaur. (Picture book. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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