Dinosaur Opposites by Paul and Henrietta Stickland – Book Review

Dinosaur Opposites by Paul and Henrietta SticklandArya seemed interested in the last dinosaur book we read: How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.

Dinosaur Opposites by Paul Stickland and Henrietta Stickland is a similar book that uses cute pictures of dinosaurs to teach the concept of opposites.

The front cover shows a large green brontosaurus towering over multiple small versions of himself.

Dinosaur Opposites uses drawings of dinosaurs to showcase eight pairs of opposites: short and long, weak ans strong, fast and slow, above and below, sweet and grumpy, spiky and lumpy, good and bad, and happy and sad.

The dinosaur pictures are supposed to correspond with the pairs of opposites. While some, like short and long or above and below, are both appropriate and humorous, others, like fast and slow or good and bad, are only loosely connected with their matching word. For babies too young to understand the words, the difficulty in connecting the picture with the concept won’t matter. But toddlers and school-age children will be unable to learn the meaning of the words just be looking at the pictures.

Despite that issue, the pictures themselves are cute and funny. Everything about the dinosaurs, from the expressions on their faces to the bright colors of their skin, is designed to attract the attention of young readers. Although children who are dinosaur aficionados might be disappointed by the lack of realistic detail in the drawings, most kids will be entertained by the images.

With so few words on each page, Dinosaur Opposites is perfect for early readers learning their first words. Simple vocabulary and a basic rhyming pattern make the book ideal for repetitive practice with toddlers learning to read. Older children who are fond of dinosaurs will still like the book and young babies will be fascinated by the colorful pictures, but the book is intended for youngsters just beginning to read on their own.

Dinosaur Opposites costs (including shipping) under $6 new and under $4 used from Amazon.