Monday, August 10, 2009

Dinosaur Hunt - a silly & fun early reader - win a FREE book!

What makes a great book for new readers? These books need simple sentences and words, yes, but most of all they need a story (and pictures) that makes kids laugh. Are you in search of a great book for your new reader? Check out Dinosaur Hunt, a great early reader. Do you have kids in kindergarten and 1st grade who are now reading full sentences? Or maybe a preschooler who loves silly stories? Read on to find out how to win a FREE copy of this charming book!
Dinosaur Hunt (Max Spaniel)
by David Catrow
Orchard Books, 2009.
ages 4 - 7
Max is not your typical dog. He is a hunter, a skilled and persistent hunter. He will track down the biggest beast of them all - a dinosaur. So Max tracks down the head, and then the body. But as all kids know, you can build a dinosaur out of anything. Below you see the early results of Max's search:

The illustrations in David Catrow's book are wonderful. Zany and silly, they draw you right in. This is perfect for kids who want a silly story. Catrow is the illustrator of many books, but this is his first as both author and illustrator - you can tell that he loves dogs.

This is a fun book - I'd love to share it. We have 5 FREE copies to give away, thanks to the publisher. Contest rules:

1) Leave a comment below or email me at Make sure you leave your email address so I can get in touch with you.

2) In your comment, let us know the favorite early reader books (simple sentences, good stories) that your children enjoy.

For an extra entry:

** Spread the word of the contest using your blog, twitter, Facebook or simply emailing 10 friends with the link. One entry for each way you spread the word.

** For another entry, follow Great Kid Books either subscribing using the email link above, adding it to your RSS blog reader, or following on Facebook's Networked Blogs.

** For a final bonus, convince a friend to follow Great Kid Books and both of you can earn an extra entry!

Contest ends on Saturday, August 22nd.

The review copy was provided by the publisher. For another review, see Young Readers: "I love Max. I just LOVE him. I find his silliness charming. And his enthusiasm. And his determination. I can't help myself. I just do."


  1. Looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

    So far my nephew is very much enjoying the My Book House books from the 1971 edition (unfortunately they stopped making them and there aren't newer editions).

    I'm also a follower via Blogger.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  2. My daughter loves silly stories. This sounds like fun.

  3. Tweeted

  4. Our 4 year, 10 month old son, Wesley, loves,

    Skippy Jon Jones

    There's a wocket in my pocket and

    Daddy, Papa and Me

  5. I've been looking forward to this one!

    My kids loved the Elephant & Piggie series from Mo Willems, the Cork & Fuzz books, and The Monster In The Backpack by Lisa Moser. Oh, and The Cat On The Mat Is Flat by Andy Griffiths is a great choice for reluctant reader boys!

  6. My kids love anything by Sandra Boynton as well as the Max and Ruby books and Little Critter series.

    I am a follower.

  7. Thank you all for your great comments. I love having more funny books to check out. We love Elephant & Piggie (sure fire giggles each time), but want to check out Skippy Jon Jones. Thanks again, Mary Ann

  8. My grandson loves Dragon's Fat Cat because he loves cats and dragons! :)
    Carol M
    mittens0831 AT

  9. I'm a follower.
    Carol M
    mittens0831 AT

  10. I subscribe by email.
    Carol M
    mittens0831 AT

  11. Read this review yesterday. Read the book at work today. Loved It. It was so much fun. Loved Max and the cat was great too.

  12. My kids have been enjoying the Elephant and Piggie early reader series. I can't count how many times we've read "There is a Bird On Your Head"...and still peals of laughter every time.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    tarawrites *at*

  13. here's a nice email I just receive - check out Dawn's site: and her blog:

    Hi Mary Ann,

    I would love to be entered into your giveaway. I am always looking for new Early Readers to hook my son. His current favorites are the Puppy Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant and the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems.

    I have also subscribed to your blog through my Google reader - what a fantastic resource! I am also going to tweet about this contest!

    I look forward to finding new books through your blog!

    With Gratitude,

    Dawn Little
    Founder, Links to Literacy

    thanks, Dawn!

  14. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway. I am a writer and my children are avid readers, so we always appreciate new literature. My youngest child, now six and beginning to read independently, enjoys Grosset & Dunlap's All Aboard Reading series, especially the rebus Picture Readers. She also likes Mo Willems' beginning readers. The humor in it keeps her giggling and ready for more.

    Thanks again for this opportunity!

    Lisa Cooper

  15. Well I am sorry to be too late for the giveaway! But the book looks great, and I'm always glad to know of new books for 5 year old Dominic. I know this is a classic, so not new to anyone, but I've been reading the first "Winnie the Pooh" to Dominic. So much fun for both of us. He also loves the "Traction Man" which we learned about from Mary Ann! --Lisa

  16. thank you everyone for entering this giveaway. Random Number Generator picked the following winners:
    Dawn Little
    I will email the winners tonight - thank you!

    For others, seek out this book! Ask your libraries to purchase it, or ask your local bookstores to get it. It is a great early reading book.