Monday, October 1, 2012

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My book review column currently runs in several publications -- Lowcountry Parent, Palmetto Parent, Upstate Parent, KC Parent, and Post and Courier Newspaper. Many of these publication run periodic editorial surveys to see what their readers are reading and what they would like to read.

Lowcountry Parent magazine announced their editorial survey today. If you live in the Charleston, SC area, have family, friends or have Facebook friends who live there, please fill out the survey today. Be sure to give my book reviews high marks. Thank You.

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New Computer. New Post.

I apologize for being away so long. My computer died recently. So after a quick but moving funeral and a proper mourning period I obtained a new computer. Now here I am with a backlog of reviews. I should be able to post several over the next week or so. 

Where did I leave off? Oh yes, with books about elections. Well I don't feel like talking about the election today so you'll have to wait a little longer for more picture books about the election. Today I want to talk about why dinosaurs went extinct.

Dinosaurs Love Underpants
By Claire Freedman
Illustrated by Ben Cort
For Ages 4 - 8
             Like ""Dinotrux" by Chris Gall, this picture book takes a lighthearted look at the life and times of dinosaurs and throws in some underpants humor. Rated 3.5 (humor, dinosaurs, fiction)
What really happened to the dinosaurs? You have probably heard the meteor impact theory. And you may be familiar with the global climate change idea. I don't think either of those theories are accurate. Believe it or not, underpants were the downfall of dinosaurs.
When cavemen decided they no longer wanted to be naked, one of them created underpants. Most likely something with an animal print or camouflaged with the surrounding vegetation. One or two polka dots might have slipped in as well. The cavemen were happy with their underpants, but the dinosaurs were not. They wanted all the underpants for themselves. Before long the dinosaurs stole, bit, ripped and tore until it was an all out underwear war.
Although the verse seems a little forced, the underpants scenario is quite funny and the illustrations do well to highlight the hilarity. Young readers will have giggle fits, especially young boys.