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Sally and Joe are convinced that the mysterious footprints they have discovered must belong to a dinosaur! Could it be? Join them as the follow the clues to find out But waitwhat if Sally and Joe are right? What if it really is a dinosaur? This clever, cumulative caper from quirky and hilarious Alex Latimer is a joy to read aloud....

Title : Never Follow a Dinosaur
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ISBN : 9781561457045
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Never Follow a Dinosaur Reviews

  • Sandra
    2019-03-20 05:05

    Joe and Sally found some strange footprints in the kitchen floor, and all the evidence points to a hungry, heavy, dancing and swimming dinosaur. They have worked very hard building a perfect dinosaur trap. Will it work?Lovely story with lovely characters. They know the footprints were made by a dinosaur despite their father saying dinosaurs are extinct, and they are confident of being capable of catching it if they succeed in making the perfect trap. So when the unthinkable happens none of them are surprised. They knew it all along, didn't they? Wonderful illustrations and refreshing text make a funny story about curiosity, perseverance and imagination. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Find more children's book reviews in Reviews in Chalk

  • Marjolein
    2019-04-09 04:11

    Read all my reviews on I'm unable to resist a book about dinosaurs, at the same time, I also believe that the love for dinosaurs can not be taught too early. So, this picture book about two siblings looking for dinosaurs after they find mysterious tracks is right up my alley. It was a quick and cute read. There is some real mystery going on and the drawings are nice. I'm positive I would have really liked it as a child. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  • Erin
    2019-04-12 05:19

    Boo! I wrote a review and it went chasing that dinosaur because it's not here anymore. Both my son and I loved this mystery of Jurassic proportions. I was convince it was really a duck but, apparently, I shouldn't quit my day job for a life of super sleuthing. The artwork and the storyline were everything I was hoping for when I found this gem at the library. I think both boys and girls would love this.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-04-14 01:09

    Review: NEVER FOLLOW A DINOSAURJoin an imaginative sister and brother who combine imagination and logic to track a dinosaur, using footprints, discerning size, shape, weight and pressure. This cooperative pair of siblings design and construct a "dinosaur trap." This is an illustrated story which will appeal to young readers and to the younger "read to me" set.

  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    2019-03-25 02:19

    My grandson loves dinosaurs and we had fun reading this book together. He enjoyed looking at the pictures and guessing what the next description would be. The story follows a building sequence that would be excellent for vocabulary development as well as teaching about descriptive words and encouraging students to add adjectives and adverbs to their writing. The other thing that this book shows is how to draw conclusions and make inferences, something we are always trying to teach children. The story is done in a fun way so that children do not even realize they are learning something. The illustrations are cute, especially how they add to dinosaur after each new description is explained. The footprints run along the bottom of the page and point in the direction one would read text so the reader is invited to turn each page to see what will happen next. My grandson giggled as he saw what the dinosaur looked like on each successive page until the ending which even surprised me. A good mentor text for classrooms and a fun read for young children.I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Hilary
    2019-03-23 01:24

    I love the children's deductions, and the mental picture of the dinosaur the build. And what a clever ending!Disclaimer: I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jodi
    2019-04-07 04:07

    I (actually my roommate Jodi) picked this up for me at ALA2016. It is an unbound galley and I finally read it today. I thought it was really cute. When two siblings find what they believe are dinosaur tracks, they start following clues but periodically the footsteps change and each time they do, the siblings make up a plausible- to them - reason. When the tracks disappear, their parents tell them that they shouldn't be following hungry dinosaurs anyway. But the kids are more ingenious than that and set a trap. It is a cute ending and adorable illustrations. Dinosaur fans of all genders and ages (though it is designed for the pre-k - 2 set) will get a good smile.

  • gina
    2019-04-10 07:22

    A cute book! Woods seemed very interested in the small details of the lovely drawings. He lost interest before the book was over and asked for a different book. I'm not holding it against the book though. If he actually disliked it he wouldn't have let me get more than a page or two in. I wish we owned it in print because I think it would go over better with him. I'm also really unsure (because we got an e-book version) if this is a picture book, or an early reader book. We read it on my kindle app and it formatted incorrectly, making a few weird incomplete or run on sentences, and pictures matching up oddly. It added to a bad reading on my part because I was like "uh, what?" mid story, so I think if I had a correct version in print he'd enjoy it more. I'd still recommend checking it out from your local library if they have it. Very cute.Disclaimer: I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Debbie Tanner
    2019-04-19 08:27

    This one would be great for drawing conclusions or inferring.

  • Debbie Smith
    2019-04-17 01:12

    One afternoon, Joe and his sister Sally spot a strange set of footprints. After close examination, Joe is sure they are tracks from a small dinosaur. So what do children with imaginations do? Follow the tracks, of course. The footprints lead to their pet’s bowl: an empty bowl. So it must be a very hungry dinosaur the two conclude. They continue to follow the footprints into the yard and notice how deep the prints are. So it must be a heavy dinosaur. As they continue to follow prints they end up concluding that the tiny prints must be from a hungry, heavy, swimming, dancing dinosaur with a headache and a sore foot and wings!” Will they ever find the animal that made the prints?Cons: The story is cute but the ending was a bit of a letdown.Pros: A fun, silly story about children’s imagination.

  • Rachel Crowe
    2019-04-19 05:17

    This book is about two children, Sally and joe. They find a set of foot prints one day that were going through their house. So just like every kid they went into deceptive skills to see what they could find. They started to think that it could be a dinosaur! They pictured a lot of images in their head and pictures the dinosaur dancing and cooking and swimming! The kids had lots of laughs that day. This book would be a good book to show the children because imagination it a great piece of the mind and it always help shape their mind.

  • Alexis Zappitelli
    2019-04-10 00:19

    This story is a cute read, involving characters, Sally, and Joe. Sally and Joe discover mysterious footprints all throughout their house that they think might be from a dinosaur. They go on journey to follow them to figure out what they really are from, even though their parents do not recommend them doing so. Joe and Sally make a trap to discover why the cat food keeps disappearing. This story is filled with humor that makes it very enjoyable to read.

  • Dierdre
    2019-03-25 02:30

    Siblings Sally and Joe are positive that the mysterious footprints they find belong to a dinosaur. An imaginative, quirky, cumulative story follows the siblings as they try to catch the mysterious creature, even after warnings from their mother about hungry dinosaurs. The trap they make to catch the creature was very inventive. Cute book for quirky dinosaur fans.

  • Mollie B
    2019-04-05 03:28

    this is a very fun, imaginative book! Sally and Joe imagine what kind of creature makes the footprints they decide to follow. The kids will love the repetition and exciting conclusion.

  • Donna Mork
    2019-03-23 08:03

    Cute story, repeats and adds to each line based on observation, funny.

  • Hannah
    2019-04-02 03:19

    Very hard to follow ending. I loved the reasoning that characters made to figure out what kind of animal made the footprints. But the ending left me scratching my head

  • Alice
    2019-03-26 07:27

    I liked the pictures and the reasoning and logic skills used in this book. But the ending left me wanting. "Dinosaurs are extinct and you shouldn't follow them anyway!" Thanks, Good advice!

  • Miss Sarah
    2019-03-29 05:27

    This silly themed picture book follows a brother and a sister as they track a dinosaur and imagine the dinosaurs day by what its footprints. preschool and up for humor.

  • Marissa Elera
    2019-03-20 00:22

    It was delightful until the strange, disjointed ending.

  • Adrienne
    2019-03-19 03:15

    Joe and Sally find dinosaur tracks and try to deduce what is going on--when the tracks are deep, they realize it must be a heavy dinosaur; when there is a pile of leaves on the tracks, they decide the dinosaur must have hit his head on an overhanging branch, etc. When the tracks just mysteriously end, they can't figure out how the dinosaur just disappeared--so they decide to set a trap. But will they catch their quarry...or will he catch them?Really fun book. The illustrations are cute and engaging, and it's fun to see what Joe and Sally deduce about their dinosaur. The text is fun, as each deduction adds to the previous (a very hungry dinosaur, a very hungry, heavy dinosaur, etc.), and the twist ending will make kids laugh. Although there are tons of dinosaur picture books, this one stands out.I read a copy through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.See more of my reviews at

  • KC
    2019-04-08 05:26

    Great illustrations but the story fell a bit short.

  • Erin
    2019-03-28 02:29

    Great read-aloud!

  • Andréa
    2019-04-15 01:22

    I was really expecting a different ending. (view spoiler)[I totally thought it was going to turn out to be a duck instead of a dinosaur. (hide spoiler)]Note: I accessed digital review copies of this book through Edelweiss and NetGalley.

  • paula
    2019-03-22 05:33

    Conclusions based on evidence? AND a plot twist? SOLD.

  • Homegrown Reader
    2019-03-26 08:14

    When my father was young, he and his younger brother wanted to see a bear. So, they left a trail of honey down into their campsite and sat with a piles of stones. Sure enough, down came the bear. Unfortunately, the bear didn’t want to leave when they threw stones at it and it’s only due to a great deal of luck that I’m even here at all. I feel as though Joe and Sally, the main characters in this book, stumbled upon the same strain of luck in their dinosaur hunting, but do it with such sweetness that it becomes tenacious and endearing.When Joe and Sally stumble upon dinosaur footprints, they follow them. Based on observations, they are able to deduce what the dinosaur is like. It enjoys swimming, is big, has a sore foot, and other unique attributes. It’s great at introducing the scientific theory of forming a hypothesis based on evidence and funny to boot. Sure, it’s not very likely to happen but that’s what makes it fun. Bug’s not quite at the deduction stage yet but he loved how Joe and Sally’s observations continued to build on the image of the plain old dinosaur that we are originally introduced to. The kids not only use the knowledge of the dinosaur to try to trap him but are accurate in their observations. Alex Latimer brings the story full circle and manages inserts his own wonderful form of humor in at the end.The illustrations are cute and inventive. The dinosaur steals the show by growing more interesting and elaborate at every turn. This is a never ending source of amusement to Bug who loves giggling over the new additions with each page. The final trap is a great for introduction to cause and effect to younger ones and demonstrating the same to older readers. After reading this story, Bug insisted on strapping on his dinosaur tail, stomping through the house, and demanding cake. I’m not sure that’s the message Alex Latimer wanted kids to take away from this book but if it improves upon Bug’s imagination then I’m all for it.Story Tips:- After the first read through, it’s fun for your little dinosaur to act out the pages.

  • Pop Bop
    2019-04-11 05:21

    Logic, Reasoning, Silliness, and Imagination, September 22, 2016 O.K., it's pretty goofy around the edges, and the ending veers off the tracks a little, (not in a bad way, just in an unexpected way), but this book packs in a lot of good stuff in a few, (32), pages.The setup is that Sally and Joe spot a set of strange footprints. They wonder what made them and decide to follow the trail of prints. At each two page spread they find another clue, and with each clue they try to deduce what it is they are following. Their deductions are wild and fanciful, but consistent with the clues. At the end they find out what they're really following and have a happy sitdown.The drawings are effective and clearly illustrate what's going on, although they are only detailed enough to get the story across. (This isn't a book loaded with little jokes or bits around the edges.) The kids are engaging and visually appealing. The point seems to me to be the narrative, and the way the kids pile on idea after idea, so it's a bit more of a thinking-man's picture book, which strikes me as a nice bit of variety.So, a silly, fun and yet thoughtful choice that seemed to me to be a nice option to have on the family shelf. A nice find.(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  • Diane
    2019-04-12 05:09

    "One afternoon, Joe and his sister Sally spotted a strange set of footprints."Joe hypothesizes that, due to the shape and size, it must be a dinosaur. As they follow the prints, things change and they theorize what has happened. For example, the footprints walk up to the cat's bowl. The bowl is empty so, obviously, it is a hungry dinosaur. When the prints march through the fish pond, it is a swimming dinosaur. The illustrations of the dino change to accommodate their thoughts. When the footprints end, Sally and Joe return home where their parents tell them it couldn't possibly have been a dinosaur. So, they decide they're going to trap it, so that they can prove it to their parents.Fun illustrations. Students will enjoy the silliness of the predictions and the surprise ending.

  • Stephanie Tournas
    2019-04-18 02:28

    Surprise ending!

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    2019-04-11 06:07

    Latimer, Alex Never Follow a Dinosaur, PICTUREBOOK. Peachtree, 2016. $16.95. When Joe and Sally spot a strange set of footprints, they decide that it must be a dinosaur. They add up the “clues” and decide what kind of dinosaur it is. But when the footsteps suddenly disappear, they set a trap to catch it the next day. Their parents tell them it must be something else, and when their trap is empty they don’t know what to think, until the Dinosaur shows up and flies away with them. I liked how they connected the clues with traits the dinosaur must have. A fun way to teach deductive reasoning. A bit of silly ending, though. EL - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian

  • Stacy Renee(LazyDayLit)
    2019-04-01 07:04

    I received a free ecopy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. When Sally and Joe find a mysterious set of footprints, they are certain that they belong to a dinosaur. They follow the footprints and speculate what kind of dinosaur it is, what it likes to do, and what happened to it. When the footprints disappear with no dinosaur in sight they decide to set a trap! This is a very cute and somewhat silly book. It was fun to track the dinosaur with the children and speculate what had happened to it by the state of the footsteps. My daughter and I enjoyed the illustrations and I'm sure children will really enjoy the story as well. It is kind of a mystery and I kept wondering what was going to happen. The ending gave us a good laugh.