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Carolrhoda Books (R)
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10.6 X 8.9 X 0.3 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Lisa Wheeler is the award-winning author of the Dino-Sports and Dino-Holidays books. When she isn't running around the country visiting schools, standing at podiums, and eating airport snacks, she resides in Michigan.
Barry Gott lives in Ohio and has illustrated many children's books, including all of the Dino-Sports and Dino-Holidays books.


"The dinosaur teams from the seven previous dino-sports mash-up books by Wheeler and Gott don their Speedos, caps, and goggles for a swim meet between the Land Sharks (carnivores) and the Algae Eaters (herbivores). Fans of the other books will find much of the same here--a text in rhyming couplets, and lots of action with little characterization or nuance--exactly as the coverage of a sporting event should be. A smidgen of drama comes into play when Triceratops is disqualified; however, in this case, it's an honest mistake, rather than the squabbling that has cropped up between the dinos in past sporting events. With each team winning a few races, the result is a nail-biting finish. The energetic, brightly colored illustrations feature stylized dinosaurs with enough authenticity that little dinosaur experts will be appeased. Diehard dino-sports fans will be relieved that the final page confirms there will be a ninth dino sporting event--one that involves cars."--Booklist

-- "Journal" (9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM)

"It's the Land Sharks (carnivores) versus the Algae Eaters (herbivores) in the swim meet at the center of this latest addition to the series. As in the previous books, readers will find an accurate depiction of the sport itself, even if license is taken with the participants. The dinosaurs compete in events from medley and freestyle to a diving competition, culminating in a relay that the Algae Eaters come together to win, even if their opponents win the meet. The dinosaurs behave just like kids, pouting at times, making false starts, and displaying nerves. Though sometimes dinosaurs' names are shortened to fit the scheme of the rhyming text (for example: 'Ankylo's rhythms are slow and steady'), learning about dinosaurs is not really the point. VERDICT: Bright illustrations full of movement and a bouncy rhyming text convey the basics of a swim meet in a fun way."--School Library Journal

-- "Journal" (8/1/2015 12:00:00 AM)