Dazzle the dinosaur helps his friend Maia and her mother reclaim their former home from the nasty Dragonsaurus.
From the Publisher
The bestselling author of The Rainbow Fish and The Christmas Star returns with an all- new picture about Dazzle, a dinosaur with a beautiful glittering spine. When Dazzle and his friend, Maia the Maiasaurus, set out on an adventure, they meet a terrible Dragonsaurus! Will Dazzle's shining spines save the day? Full color. Holographic foil stamping.
From The Critics
A strange egg appears in the nest of a Maiasaurus. When it hatches, the Maiasaurs first think it is a normal baby dinosaur until it unfolds a row of glittering spines along its back. Dubbed Dazzle, the baby dinosaur and his nest-mate, Maia, explore their world and encounter other dinosaurs, friendly and frightening. Dazzle and Maia bravely rout the terrible Dragonsaur from the family's previous cave home, partly with the help of Dazzle's gleaming spines. As with Pfister's previous book, The Rainbow Fish, the illustrations contain iridescent insets in the bright watercolors.
The reflective illustrations Pfister used in "Rainbow Fish" (1993) are successfully used again in this charming prehistoric tale. Food and water are scarce in the valley where young Dazzle (so named because of the glittering spines along his back) and his friend Maia live. It hasn't always been that way, though. Until vicious Dragonsuras came along, the dinosaurs lived in a cave with its own fresh spring and roamed a valley filled with delicious trees and ferns. Together, Dazzle and Maia set out to chase the nasty beast away and regain their rightful home. The plot is fast paced and imaginative, and the shimmering artwork is integral to the goings-on, not merely decorative. The popularity of the subject matter among young children, coupled with the unusual look of the pictures, will ensure the book a warm reception at story time, followed by lots of requests to read it again.
Great book for kids. Cute story.