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With its sweet illustrations, appealing characters, and clever concept, Charles Fuge's wonderful new picture book really soars to imaginative heights.  Scratch, Spike, and Lofty--a friendly trio of dinosaurs--dream only about flying. So one day they climb a volcano, hoping that if they jump off the edge and flap, they just might really take flight.  But it turns out that f With its sweet illustrations, appealing characters, and clever concept, Charles Fuge's wonderful new picture book really soars to imaginative heights.  Scratch, Spike, and Lofty--a friendly trio of dinosaurs--dream only about flying. So one day they climb a volcano, hoping that if they jump off the edge and flap, they just might really take flight.  But it turns out that flying is harder than it seems--until a kind pterodactyl shows them the way, and helps them turn “let's pretend” into reality.


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With its sweet illustrations, appealing characters, and clever concept, Charles Fuge's wonderful new picture book really soars to imaginative heights.  Scratch, Spike, and Lofty--a friendly trio of dinosaurs--dream only about flying. So one day they climb a volcano, hoping that if they jump off the edge and flap, they just might really take flight.  But it turns out that f With its sweet illustrations, appealing characters, and clever concept, Charles Fuge's wonderful new picture book really soars to imaginative heights.  Scratch, Spike, and Lofty--a friendly trio of dinosaurs--dream only about flying. So one day they climb a volcano, hoping that if they jump off the edge and flap, they just might really take flight.  But it turns out that flying is harder than it seems--until a kind pterodactyl shows them the way, and helps them turn “let's pretend” into reality.

30 review for Three Little Dinosaurs

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shikara Walker

    Text-to-Teaching Connection This is a cool and fun book for young readers (k-2 ish) whom are usually fascinated by anything dinosaur related. This book could be used across many subject areas with activities such as identifying the dinosaurs pictured in the book, an activity that focuses on flying dinosaurs like naming them and their unique features, an activity that focuses on volcanoes and how they were formed and when they "go bang", and even learning more about prehistoric humans and the way Text-to-Teaching Connection This is a cool and fun book for young readers (k-2 ish) whom are usually fascinated by anything dinosaur related. This book could be used across many subject areas with activities such as identifying the dinosaurs pictured in the book, an activity that focuses on flying dinosaurs like naming them and their unique features, an activity that focuses on volcanoes and how they were formed and when they "go bang", and even learning more about prehistoric humans and the way of life for them. The possibilities are endless.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heidi-Marie

    Ahh!! Fuge draws dinosaurs?! Wonderful!! So far I have always loved his illustrations, even if the story is so-so. But this story was better than so-so. Not amazing, but one I think kids will really love. But the dinos are the most adorable little guys. Ug. It hurts they're so cute. My favorite was them sliding down Mrs. B.'s back. It also helps that I was trying to come up with another book for a Flying storytime theme. This will be brilliant! Cute, dinosaurs, AND flying: total score! Woohoo! 5/ Ahh!! Fuge draws dinosaurs?! Wonderful!! So far I have always loved his illustrations, even if the story is so-so. But this story was better than so-so. Not amazing, but one I think kids will really love. But the dinos are the most adorable little guys. Ug. It hurts they're so cute. My favorite was them sliding down Mrs. B.'s back. It also helps that I was trying to come up with another book for a Flying storytime theme. This will be brilliant! Cute, dinosaurs, AND flying: total score! Woohoo! 5/2/12 I used this as a beginning book. Kids love dinosaurs. Especially these ones. They enjoyed trying to see if the dinosaurs could fly. But the kids didn't think it would be fun to fly on Terry Dactyl's back. I wonder how many of them have ever been on a plane... :-) A good one to start with in case the crowd comes in late--which they usually do. 8/6/14 Opened with this in my Dinosaur/Fossil theme. I had an almost entirely new group. I saw smiles, but they didn't respond very much to my attempts to get them more involved.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    It was a great kids book the story was fun and the illustrations of the baby dinosaurs were so cute! the dinosaurs want to learn to fly!! they are at kohl's stores right now for kohl's cares this month, and the stuffed animal dinosaur that come with the book too is adorable. Have a college roommate who loves dinosaurs and I almost bought the stuffed animal just for her!! its a fun book for all ages in that if you read it to your kids or just pick it up at the story you can enjoy it too, and remi It was a great kids book the story was fun and the illustrations of the baby dinosaurs were so cute! the dinosaurs want to learn to fly!! they are at kohl's stores right now for kohl's cares this month, and the stuffed animal dinosaur that come with the book too is adorable. Have a college roommate who loves dinosaurs and I almost bought the stuffed animal just for her!! its a fun book for all ages in that if you read it to your kids or just pick it up at the story you can enjoy it too, and reminisce about when you were a child and read, or was read to, fun little children's books!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Foreign Tales

    A story about three little dino kids getting a dangerous idea in their heads and rolling with it all the way to the top of a volcano and then to the bottom of it. Thankfully, without any bodily injuries. Who knows what kind of Health Insurance plan they had in place. And who is this shady Terry Dactyl character who picks up kids off the street and gives them a ride? Makes me want to ask Mrs. B. some questions since she seemed to know so much about "her friend" Terry while Mr. B was nowhere to be A story about three little dino kids getting a dangerous idea in their heads and rolling with it all the way to the top of a volcano and then to the bottom of it. Thankfully, without any bodily injuries. Who knows what kind of Health Insurance plan they had in place. And who is this shady Terry Dactyl character who picks up kids off the street and gives them a ride? Makes me want to ask Mrs. B. some questions since she seemed to know so much about "her friend" Terry while Mr. B was nowhere to be found. :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Viviane Elbee

    This is a cute story about little children dinosaurs who want to fly... and who try to fly off a volcano! The illustrations are great, and it could appeal to kids who like dinosaurs, volcanos and flying. It also celebrates friends and perseverance...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Kluesner

    This is a very cute picture book that I enjoyed reading! Three little dinosaurs dream and pretend to fly. They kept trying and trying to until one day a "Terry Dactyl" helped them fly. This short little story brought a smile to my face.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    What a sweet little story. Three little dinosaurs want to fly. And they have to be some of the cutest dinosaurs ever!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sondra Price

    My son loves this book. It is fun and has a great message about believing in yourself and finding good role models.

  9. 4 out of 5

    anthony bryant

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was good

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shane Prevosto

    Author: Charles Fuge Illustrator: Charles Fuge Medium: Water Color Age Level: Primary (3-5) Number of Pages: 24 Synopsis: While spending their days laughing, playing, and overworking their imaginations, Scratch, Sniff, and Lofty-- a young tyrannosaurus rex, ceratopsid, and a brachiosaurus, respectively-- begin to wonder if Dinosaurs can fly. After asking Mrs. Brachiosaurus, Lofty's mother, they discover that dinosaurs can, indeed, fly. Rather, though, than searching for an already pre-existing prehis Author: Charles Fuge Illustrator: Charles Fuge Medium: Water Color Age Level: Primary (3-5) Number of Pages: 24 Synopsis: While spending their days laughing, playing, and overworking their imaginations, Scratch, Sniff, and Lofty-- a young tyrannosaurus rex, ceratopsid, and a brachiosaurus, respectively-- begin to wonder if Dinosaurs can fly. After asking Mrs. Brachiosaurus, Lofty's mother, they discover that dinosaurs can, indeed, fly. Rather, though, than searching for an already pre-existing prehistoric friend who can fly, the dinosaur trio set out to try to find if they, themselves can fly. Their adventures stretches them to the esoteric edges of earth. In their efforts to fly, the gang tries everything from flapping large leaves, to jumping from the tippy-top of a volcano, but much to their dismay, every attempt yields the same results: the three of them landing in the dirt on their tails. Exhausted and tried, Scratch, Sniff, and Lofty are about ready to give up and head home, when Terry Dactyle, Mrs Brachiosaurus' flying friend, swoops in and offers them a ride. "We are really flying!" the reptilian friends bellow before as the sore through the sky, with a backdrop of the setting sun. Once home, the trio sits at Lofty's pad and look up at the sky to watch the aerial acrobatics of Terry and his friends, while enjoying some pinecone pie. One thing is for certain tonight, when the group lays down to sleep, they will no longer need to dream of flying dinosaurs, or flying themselves, they got to experience both. Review: Charles Fuge, having been the author and the illustrator, is fully responsible for the broad appeal and the overall brilliance of this children's book. Three Little Dinosaurs was a funny and an ingenious tale, unique to the world of children's literature. There has not been a story of its kind yet. With the turn of each page, you see a more vivid depiction of the young dinosaurs in water color. Just the pictures alone are enough to make this book enjoyable and entertaining. The lush and beautiful medium of paint streak across each page in a captivating fashion, bringing the story and its characters to life. The book, itself, and its author get rave reviews and justifiably great praise. I think I speak for all when I say I hope the trio comes roaring back for more adventure. "Three Little Dinosaurs is a roaring good time."

  11. 5 out of 5

    CaroleHeidi

    My kids love dinosaurs so this delightful little story book is right up their street. The simple story is satisfying in itself and all the beautiful illustrations give us plenty to talk about as we go along. The kids love the fact that the dinosaurs like to play pretend and often we have to stop reading for them to pretend to fly round the room for a minute or two - as if they are playing along with Scratch, Spike and Lofty. The text is fun and engaging and contains subtle humour (such as the Pter My kids love dinosaurs so this delightful little story book is right up their street. The simple story is satisfying in itself and all the beautiful illustrations give us plenty to talk about as we go along. The kids love the fact that the dinosaurs like to play pretend and often we have to stop reading for them to pretend to fly round the room for a minute or two - as if they are playing along with Scratch, Spike and Lofty. The text is fun and engaging and contains subtle humour (such as the Pterodactyl being called 'Terry Dactyl') that will continue to entertain as the children get older and start to read it for themselves. As an adult with a liking for dinosaurs I quite like that the three main characters are illustrated at the start of the book with labels telling you what kind of dinosaur they are. It is not vital to the story but the information is there for the inevitable moment your child turns round and asks! A nice detail that I think sums up the quality of the book overall. I have lost count of how many times we have read this both at bed time and randomly during the day - it is a firm favourite and I can see it staying that way for quite a while.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    This worked great for storytime! One of the pre-kindergarten kids at daycare today wanted me to read it again because he enjoyed it so much. _____ 2012 Review _____ This story is quite good. I love the fact that these dinosaurs are all different. A subtle hint that children can have diverse friends? Maybe, maybe not. But I think that having three completely different dinosaurs all being friends is a great idea. When that great idea is paired with wonderful illustrations like these, we've got a win This worked great for storytime! One of the pre-kindergarten kids at daycare today wanted me to read it again because he enjoyed it so much. _____ 2012 Review _____ This story is quite good. I love the fact that these dinosaurs are all different. A subtle hint that children can have diverse friends? Maybe, maybe not. But I think that having three completely different dinosaurs all being friends is a great idea. When that great idea is paired with wonderful illustrations like these, we've got a winner! Awesome book

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I picked this book for my Volcano Preschool DiscoveryTime because there are surprisingly few fiction books on volcanoes for this age group. Scratch, Spike, and Lofty are three little dinosaurs who just want to fly. So one day they decide they can do it if they try to jump off a volcano and flap their arms. This fails of course, but then they get a ride from a kind pterodactyl. It was a cute little story, plus what kid doesn’t like dinosaurs? Recommended for ages 3-6, 3 stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nicolette

    This is a cute little book about three little dinosaurs who dreamed of flying. When they learned that they may not be able to fly but other dinosaurs could, they were not discouraged by this. They knew that they could still fly, IN THEIR DREAMS!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kate Hastings

    Ages 2-5. A very simple story about three dinosaurs who wish they could fly (like Terry Dactyl). Very accessible fantasy story with dinosaurs for very young children. This could be a good choice for storytimes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marcie

    The thing I liked the best about this is the endpapers. The dinosaur drawings make it so you'd maybe want to read it with kids and then have them draw dinosaurs. The story itself did not do much for me, but after reading other goodreads reviews I might seek out others by this author/illustrator.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jodie

    Three dinosaur friends want to fly and try to make it happen. They end up getting quite the ride. Appropriate for younger readers because of the large and easier text. Pictures draw the reader in as well.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    This is a cute book about Dinosaurs. Not sure how factual, or informational but cute none the less. Love that the Pterodactyl name is Terry Dactyl . Love that is it lets the 'kids' dream about flying!! Fun little book!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maura

    Bug giggled through the whole book! I emphasized a bit on different parts and she just giggled even harder. She's now sitting beside me, happily flipping through the pages. I'm sure Punk will love this one too! Auntie Mary hit a home run with this present! (: 5 April 2014

  20. 4 out of 5

    Starfoxie

    Simple, sweet story. My two-year-old enjoyed looking at the pictures.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    Fuge's illustrations are so cute and appealing. Three earth-bound dinosaurs want to fly--cute story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Miss Ryoko

    A very sweet, cute story!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I generally love the way Charles Fuge draws animals - and these dinosaurs are no exception. Friendly, happy, cute and not at all scary - even the T-Rex! The story, however, was unexceptional.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    I was processing the new juvenile books, and I couldn't help myself - this one was really cute. And I'm still not out of my "Dinosaurs are cool!" phase, so it's appropriate.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    It has dinosaurs, so every kid is going to love it. Very cute. I love the illustrations.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I love Fuge's illustrations but the story wasn't very compelling.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Nice pictures. Could be more advantageous to youngsters if book used correct names of the characters instead of being cute. Again, nice illustrations.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Thebruce1314

    Very colourfully-illustrated book, but simplistic story. The appeal lies in the fact that it is about cute-lookign dinosaurs.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    My 3 year old son absolutely loves this book. I think it's the names of the dinosaurs?? The idea of trying to fly when you can't? Anyway... he loves it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    SouthWestZippy

    I truly enjoyed this book. Great book about friendship, imagination and giving up. Very nice pictures.

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