Dinosaur Thunder
Dinosaur Thunder
illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Scholastic Press, 2012
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An imaginative story of a little boy who conquers his fear of thunder!

When lightning flares in the faraway sky, and clouds growl like lions waking, big brother Chad is thrilled by the coming storm. But not little Brannon. He looks for a place to hide. Each adult tries to calm Brannon in turn, by comparing the thunder to something that's not scary.

“It's only a big cat purring,” Daddy says. But Brannon has once been frightened by a cat—and again, he runs to take cover. It's not until the thunder is compared to dinosaurs that Brannon loses his fear. He knows all about dinosaurs. He loves them, and always wanted to see one. Now, he finds himself comforting himself—and his big brother—as he Clomps and he Stomps and he Rages and Rumbles with all the ferocity of Dinosaur Thunder!

Lyrical writing with powerful emotional resonance will inspire the youngest reader to take charge of their wildest fears!

Read what others are saying about this book

From the illustrator, Margaret Chodos-Irvine, Deseret News: “…just right for capturing the feeling of dinosaur stomping."

You can also read Margaret's blog essay, “Bowling for Dinosaurs

From Greg Leitich Smith, GregLSBlog: “Exuberant illustrations and text make for a fun exploration of thunder and its CRASHING and BOOMING! And everything's better with dinosaurs.”

starred review“Hats off to Bauer (In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb) for turning an emotional truth into a joyful, triumphant story. And thunderous applause for Chodos-Irvine (Light Up the Night), who contributes her best and most elaborate collages to date, alternating scenes of cozy domesticity with Wagnerian visions of what’s happening in the heavens above.”
The new kids book Dinosaur Thunder captivates and calms. It’s a great reminder of the power of our imaginations.
Awards and Honors
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books, 2013

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