Author: Deb Lund; Illustrator: Howard Fine
Pages: 30
Publisher/Date: Harcourt/2003
ISBN: 0152046097
Age Levels: 3-7 and up

Book Review

In this rhyming high-sea adventure we meet a crew of delightful dinosailors who are "hale and hearty—dinotough! / They talk of salty sailing stuff: / Blocks and winches, dinocleats, / Shackles, tacking, trimming sheets."

After readying their ship, and raising anchor using "dinoforce," they head out with the wind. They sing sea songs and "have a ball." That is, until they meet with a storm. They bump into walls—and each other. "They mash the mast and ram the rails." They also become seasick. (One double-paged spread shows the dinosailors being sick—thankfully from a distance.) This is enough to convince the bunch to return to blessedly firm land and their homes.

They don't, however, remain at home for long. "Once more they hear adventure's cry, / So dinotravelers say good-bye." This time they choose a more stable form of transportation—a train.

The gouache and watercolor illustrations, done in bold, bright colors, are a perfect match for the text. Fine uses various perspectives to great effect.

Classroom Uses: Dinosailors works well as a read-aloud and also for one-on-one sharing.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis.
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About the Author

Deb Lund came up with the idea for this book while she and her son were traveling on a boat with the Shifty Sailors, a group of chantey singers. A classroom, library, and music teacher, she lives on an island in Puget Sound with her husband and son, who loves dinosaurs, sailors, dinosaurs, helping his mother write stories, and dinosaurs.

About the Illustrator

Howard Fine is a confirmed landlubber—though that didn't stop him from sinking his teeth into the illustrations for this book. In fact, some of the pictures grew out of his sympathy for the seasick. Dinosailors is his tenth book. He lives with his wife and three children in White Plains, New York.