By: Lisa Wheeler
Illustrated by: Barry Gott
Publisher: CarolRhoda Books
Publication Date: October 2013
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: December 2013
The dinos rush onward to the circus tent. No, not to see the clowns, but it’s off to the Dino-Wrestling Jamboree they go. They smile as they fly thought the air or tromp their way to the entrance. “Athletes travel many miles, / compete in different wrestling styles.” The banners are up as the dinos file in to fill the stands. Rah! Rah! Rah! Will they be treated to folkstyle, lucha libre, or Greco-Roman? Perhaps some sumo, freestyle, or even a pro tag team match. Allo and Ankylo are up first with a bit of folkstyle. The mat is circular, the ref makes sure they stand behind those two painted lines, and then the shrill sound of the whistle blows. The match is on!
Allo rushes in to throw Anklyo, but no go. Anklyo swoops down to grab him behind the knees to “throw Allo off-balance.” It works! “The ref counts down and--Boom--it’s done. / It’s Ankylo’s match! He’s number one!” The ref holds up Anklo’s hand, but there’s a commotion overhead. Hey, it’s the Pterodactyl Twins and they aren’t supposed to be there. Security makes quick work of those two and tosses them out of the tent. The crowd is roaring around a ring as El Diablo and Victorious Verde get ready to rock the place. “Up next, bright-colored masks and tights! / It’s ‘lucha libre’--dress to fight!” Rah! Rah! Rah! Who’s going to win this dino wrestling match? Can you guess?
This is yet another exciting Dino game, only this time it’s the Dino-Wrestling Jamboree. If anyone has ever met up with any of the Dino games in soccer, hockey, baseball, or football it didn’t take long to become a fan of each and every one of them. The action is fierce, the rhyming scheme perfect, and the artwork is dino-dynamic and exciting. Dino-Wrestling definitely doesn’t disappoint and is as much of a draw as any of the other ones. The “Allos,” represented in red lettering, are the Allosaurus (carnivores) dinosaurs and the “Aknklos,” represented in green, are the Ankylosaurus (herbivores) dinosaurs. In the front of the book there’s a rush to get into the Dino-Wrestling Jamboree entrance where we see banners of the various wrestling styles youngsters will learn about as the dinos tussle. As usual, Lisa Wheeler has come up with another perfect dino treat!
Quill says: If you have a youngster who likes dynamic dinos and sports, this is one sizzling hot book in a fun series!