JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Football JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
Junior Library Guild Selection — 2012 — Winner
The veggie-saurs and the meat-eaters face off in the Mega-Bowl! Sacks and hand-offs. Touchdowns and interceptions. When dinos don shoulder pads, the action is sure to be epic. But as the clock ticks down, will the Scales make a goal-line stand or will the Blades break through for the winning TD?
"The sporty dinosaurs that have played soccer, hockey, baseball, and basketball in previous outings take on football on 'Mega Bowl Sunday.' With eager dinosaur fans in the stadium bleachers, the herbivorous Redscales battle the meat-eating Snackers in rhyming couplets, laced with game lingo: 'T. rex is the quarterback./ He calls the play. The ball is snapped./ The Redscale linemen make a pocket./ T. rex fires like a rocket.' Gott's high-energy cartoons place readers right in the football action, with dinosaur tackles, touchdowns, and a rousing halftime show." --Publishers Weekly—Journal
"It's Mega Bowl Sunday in the Lava Dome, and a crowd of excited dinosaurs are watching the Greenblade Snackers play against the Redscales. The rhyming running commentary contains the terminology and all the play-by-play excitement of a televised game. 'Kentro gets the takeaway!/This Snacker rookie saved the day.' After the 'Dino-Halftime Show,' the score is close, but the last play allows small, young Mussaurus to score the winning touchdown. Gott's illustrations of the tackles are more humorous than brutal, and he draws examples of good sportsmanship on and off the field. A detailed scoreboard and color-coded naming system in the text (the dinos' names are in green or red depending on their team) make this game easy to follow." --School Library Journal—Journal
Lisa Wheeler is the award-winning author of the Dino-Sports and Dino-Holidays books. When she isn't running around the country visiting schools, standing at podiums, and eating airport snacks, she resides in Michigan. Barry Gott lives in Ohio and has illustrated many children's books, including all of the Dino-Sports and Dino-Holidays books and What DO Teachers Do (After YOU Leave School)?