A Very Dinosaur Birthday

Written By:
Adam Wallace
Media: Printed Hardcover
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Published: May 2023
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
Rating: 3 Stars

Written by Adam Wallace, ‘A Very Dinosaur Birthday’ is a New York Times Bestseller about what it’s like to invite dinosaurs to your birthday party! It’s smelly, it’s loud, and you might not get a piece of your own cake, but you sure will have an interesting story to tell!

A full color, 40 page book with easy-to-read paragraphs in fun, creative fonts. Front pages are decorated with dinosaurs by the illustrator as well as a place for inscriptions on the FFEP. In the rear of the book you can find party invitations to copy, decoration ideas, snack recipes and activities to engage in at your party!

It’s been quite some time since I’ve read a new story from the Juvenile Fiction genre. I’m mostly familiar with the classics and the style of writing has changed drastically like it does. With that said, I’m kind of a stickler when choosing books for my young readers and there wasn’t anything about this book that really stuck out to me. The story itself is a just-for-fun read for young readers with no lessons, advice, or knowledge gained. (although one could weakly argue a vague undertone of accepting the consequences of your actions, however that is then negated at the end when they beg for the dinos to come back again. So really what did they learn) To be honest though, I really don’t think there was meant to be a point to this story but rather a fun book about a birthday and some wacky dinos. If so, nailed it.

Finally, while there was nothing inherently wrong with it, it just didn’t seem like it really flowed together like perhaps the author wanted it too. It feels like there was a struggle to find things to rhyme with and in fact.. It almost sounded like something from chat gpt, or other types of AI software. All in all I think it’s a fine book for young readers with darling illustrations and a ton of color. Nothing stuck out to me as questionable and clearly, kids & parents love it!

<!> An enormous Thank You to goodreads, Tommy Nelson Publishers, & Adam Wallace for allowing me the opportunity to read this title in exchange for my honest review. <!>

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