By: Lisa Wheeler
Illustrated by: Barry Groner
Publisher: CarolRhoda Books
Publication Date: August 2012
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: January 2013
The game was an away game for both the Greenblade Snackers and the Redscales. The Lava Dome was alive with excitement as the two teams rushed onto the field to start to face each other in the Mega-bowl! There was football in the air. “The coin is tossed. The Redscales win. / Snackers send their kicker in. / To pin the Snackers in their end, / Leso kicks it to the ten.” Troodon moved the ball to the 20-yard line where both teams glared at each other. Raptor, the Redscales’ tight end, bared his teeth at Torosaurus, the Snacker’s right end. The Snackers are in green uniforms, the Redscales are in red. It’s time to begin. Defense! Defense!
T. Rex was the Redscales’ quarterback and he knew just how to call the play and pass that ball. “Rapto does athletic tricks. / A perfect catch. Touchdown! That’s six! / Then Compy kicks the way he should / straight through the posts. / 'The extra point is good!'” The game was moving with passing, running, tackling and more. It was the Redscales 7 and Snackers 3, but then there was an interception and the Dino Halftime Show. By the time the third quarter started, it was 7 to 10. The action was fierce, the crowd was going wild, and then there was a fumble! Who was going to win the Mega-Bowl at the Lava Dome?
This is yet another exciting Dino game, only this time it’s Dino-Football and the Mega-Bowl. If anyone has ever met up with any of the Dino games in soccer, hockey, baseball, or hockey 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-Football definitely doesn’t disappoint and is as much of a draw as any of the other ones. The “Snackers” represent the herbivorous dinosaurs and the “Redscales” are the carnivores. In the front of the book there’s a lot of tailgating going on in anticipation of Mega Bowl Sunday and when the game is about to begin we can see a billboard with dino names on either side. 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 that you should check out!