There’s one picture book that, last year, charmed me above all others I’d read, and that’s Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea. It was first pointed out to me by one of my coworkers, who worked in the children’s department before I did. Several of us staff members fell in love with it, and the dinosaur became a common reference thrown about in conversation (“Dinosaur vs. misshelved books! Dinosaur vs. photocopier jam! ROAR, ROAR!” etc.)
The premise of the book is pretty simple: Dinosaur has a lot of challenges to face – a pile of leaves, a bowl of spaghetti, talking grown-ups, bathtime. Each time, Dinosaur jumps in roaring and wins. But his greatest fight of all is yet to come – BEDTIME.
Bob Shea’s artwork is bright, vibrant, and full of energy. The typography is so perfectly laid out that it’s both hilarious and impossible not to read out loud. And Dinosaur is lovably and adorably fierce. You can check out Shea’s website to see most of the book, read his bio, and see some videos of his, including this one, which I thought was nicely candid and funny:
-Kayleigh, children’s staff