Dinotrux
Dinotrux

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Annotation: Millions of years ago, the prehistoric ancestors of today's trucks, such as garbageadon, dozeratops, and craneosaurus, roamed the Earth until they rusted out and became extinct.
Catalog Number: #36334
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-02777-4 Perma-Bound: 0-605-24721-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-02777-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-24721-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2008027531
Dimensions: 30 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
"Millions of years ago prehistoric trucks roamed the earth. . . . But they weren't helpful like they are today." In this raucous fantasy, transformer-like vehicles with distinct dino characteristics terrorize the prehistoric world. Each spread introduces a different species, from the fierce Craneosaurus ("He was always sticking his nose where it didn't belong") to the "bully of the jungle," Tyrannosaurus Trux. Gall stretches his clever premise a bit thin, and kids may lose interest during the long catalogue of ferocious machines. In addition, some of the puns behind the dinotrux names may elude younger kids. But giant trucks and dinosaurs seem like a can't-lose blend of preschooler passions, and many kids will delight in the comedy, including some potty jokes, and the explosive energy in Gall's scenes, a few of which open out into gatefolds. Don't be surprised if little ones come up with their own amalgamations of rampaging beasts after finishing this wildly imagined tale. Combine this with Kate McMullan's I Stink! (2002) and its sequels for more stories about trucks with serious attitude.
Horn Book
Millions of years ago prehistoric trucks roamed the earth. These dinotrux (Craneosaurus, Dozeratops, Garbageadon, etc.) don't get along with anyone--until a storm forces the smarter ones to evolve into their more helpful modern counterparts. Illustrations feature strong lines and bold colors; plentiful text asides invite audience participation. Gall has combined two boyhood fixations--trucks and dinosaurs--into one double-the-fun book.
Kirkus Reviews
The tough working trucks in Kate and Jim McMullan's I Stink! (2002) and sequels look like lightweights next to their brawny prehistoric antecedents in Gall's rousing, grimy full-bleed spreads. Crushing rocks and trees, flattening smaller creatures and sending diminutive cave people fleeing in pop-eyed panic, a round dozen metal behemoths roll by, from towering Craneosaurus —"CRACK, MUNCH. / Look out birds, it's time for lunch!"—and the grossly incontinent Blacktopodon to a stampede of heavily armored Semisaurs and the "bully of the jungle," toothy Tyrannosaurus Trux . Why aren't these motorized monsters with us today? They are, though in the wake of a mighty storm that left most mired in the mud to rust, the survivors went South and, as a climactic foldout reveals, evolved into the more beneficent vehicles we know and love. Dinotrux ruled their world, and now they're likely to rule this one too. The tough working trucks in Kate and Jim McMullan's I Stink! (2002) and sequels look like lightweights next to their brawny prehistoric antecedents in Gall's rousing, grimy full-bleed spreads. Crushing rocks and trees, flattening smaller creatures and sending diminutive cave people fleeing in pop-eyed panic, a round dozen metal behemoths roll by, from towering Craneosaurus —"CRACK, MUNCH. / Look out birds, it's time for lunch!"—and the grossly incontinent Blacktopodon to a stampede of heavily armored Semisaurs and the "bully of the jungle," toothy Tyrannosaurus Trux . Why aren't these motorized monsters with us today? They are, though in the wake of a mighty storm that left most mired in the mud to rust, the survivors went South and, as a climactic foldout reveals, evolved into the more beneficent vehicles we know and love. Dinotrux ruled their world, and now they're likely to rule this one too. Bellow on! (Picture book. 5-9)
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 2 What if the prehistoric ancestors of today's mega-utility trucks and 18-wheelers were really dinosaurs? This zany and riotous ride spoofs the evolutionary roots of contemporary trucks. Gall's posterlike spreads, rendered in strong black line and fiery, bold colors, use every square inch of space to convey the energy and witty detail of a dangerous ancient world in which part truck, part dinosaur creatures ruled. Chomping, digging, honking, and rolling, such fearsome creatures as "Craneosaurus," "Dumploducus," and "Blacktopadon" were huge, hungry, and decidedly unhelpful, scaring every caveman and cavewoman in sight. A million years later, a terrible storm doomed these crossbreed vehicles to a slow, rusty decline, sending a few hardy survivors on their way south in search of better weather and a more cooperative way of life. Modern-day descendants of the ancient "dinotrux" are on the job in many helpful waysbut a visual joke on the last page underscores that those in museum displays might not be so extinct after all. Blending the endless appeal of dinosaurs and trucks in one hilarious volume, this title will be hard to keep on the shelves. Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
Starred Review for Publishers Weekly

Combine dinosaurs and trucks and what do you get? In Gall's (There's Nothing to Do on Mars) case, a passel of grateful readers, especially those of the young male variety. With comically overheated narration and typography (think History Channel meets Ripley's Believe It or Not!), fire-roasted settings and hilariously imagined creatures that suggest the offspring of R. Crumb creations and the Transformers, Gall posits that today's trucks are really the descendants of hulking truck-dinosaur hybrids that “ruled the world” and struck fear into the hearts of cave people. Among the species: the fire truck–like Firesaurus (“SO hot tempered, he snacked on raw lava!”) and Rollodon (“he NEVER watches where he's going”), who leaves a trail of flattened reptiles in his wake (to the delight of a caveman who snacks on one, declaring it “Delicious!”). While a “flash of light and a terrible storm” wiped out many of these terrifying creatures, the survivors evolved to become the handy vehicles we all know. And now, thanks to Gall, there are even more reasons to love them. Ages 3–6. (June)

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Word Count: 295
Reading Level: 1.7
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 130956 / grade: Lower Grades
Guided Reading Level: M
Fountas & Pinnell: M

The original, rip-roaring mash-up of dinosaurs and trucks that inspired the Netflix TV series!

Millions of years ago, DINOTRUX ruled the earth! These mighty part-truck, part-dino demolition dynamos rumbled, plowed and bulldozed their way through the centuries. In this toddler-friendly adventure, Chris Gall guides readers on a safari through the wild world of these mechanical monsters of prehistoric times, from the nosy Craneosaurus and the mega-hungry Garbageadon to the big bully of the jungle, Tyrannosaurus Trux!

Look out for a fold-out surprise at the end! And when you're done, check out the next books in the Dinotrux series, Revenge of the Dinotrux and Dinotrux Dig the Beach.


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