Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! Most of the books come from the Nashville Public Library. Although we buy a good book or two every now and then. I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.
This book came out before Papasaurus. Both books follow the same pattern where Babysaurus is searching for one of its parents while describing the parent’s characteristics to other dinosaur kids. In the book Papasaurus, Babysaurus was playing hide-n-seek with dad. With Mamasaurus, however, it accidentally slid and fell off Mama’s back.
He got lost and asked other kids for help to find Mama. Along the way, he gets to describe his Mama’s characteristics and the other dino kids describe their own mamas.
Author: Stephan Lomp
Published by: Chronicle Books San Francisco
Copyright 2016 by Stephan Lomp
No of pages: 33
About the Author & Illustrator
Stephan Lomp studied visual communications and has been a freelance illustrator since 1996. He started his children’s book career by illustrating books by other authors in Germany, and now both writes and illustrates his own books in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and the United States. He lives with his family in Dusseldorf, Germany. Check out his website at http://www.lomp.de/
Values or Lessons
“Mamasaurus” celebrates the different characteristics and traits of kids and moms. The book is a good talking point for the unique characteristics of every kid and family. Some of the characteristics of Mamasaurus is different, and would be less ideal than other kids’ moms. She doesn’t run very fast, she doesn’t have a long horn, she doesn’t have wings, and she doesn’t have sharp teeth.
But this is okay because Mamasaurus is unique and is Babysaurus’ mother. This can teach kids that it is okay not to be the fastest or be the best at something in order to be special.
When we read this book to our son, we also talked about the importance of staying close to us, his parents, when we get out, so he wouldn’t get lost.
The artwork stands out because of its light color against the dark background. The illustration of the Dino kids and the text of the story can be read easily. The different kinds of dinosaurs are also distinguishable from each other. Our 4-year old son even told me what kind of dinosaurs they are.
Our son likes dinosaurs. Seeing them in this book is fun in itself. Looking at Babysaurus slide down his mom’s back is also fun. After we read the book, we played hide-n-seek and went out of the room to look for the “Mamasaurus” in our house–my wife. 🙂