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It’s library day and Mrs. Barker would love to take her class for a visit, but it will take some creative thinking and imagination to persuade a distracted student named Alyssa to get with the program. When Mrs. Barker reminds the class there will be dinosaurs in the library, everyone, including Alyssa, is eager to go. Boy, are they surprised (and a little frightened) when the library transforms into a Jurassic playground. There Are Dinosaurs in the Library! is for readers age 4 to 10.
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What readers have to say...

The Children's

Book Review

"In this funny and action-packed picture book, readers get a vivid illustration of how our imaginations can transform mundane, everyday reality and transport us to new places and adventures. There Are Dinosaurs in the Library! is a fun and funny way to encourage readers to get excitedabout reading through imagination."
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Alison Fistonich


"This book delivers surprises from start to finish. The text is cleverly constructed with its entertaining repetition and varying text sizes encouraging read aloud audience participation. The illustrations are clear, brightly coloured, and vibrant with action. Thank you A.G. Allen for a clever and entertaining new addition to our libraries!"

Beth Houser

NetGalley Reviewer

5 out of 5 Stars

“This cute storybook is a great way to introduce children to the wonders of reading, much as the teacher in the story does for the skeptical Alyssa. Reading truly is full of magic and wonder, as she soon discovers. The illustrations by Octavio Cordova fit perfectly with the story and provide some extra fun for little readers.”

Astrid Lustulin

Reader's Favorite Reviewer

5 out of 5 Stars

"A. G. Allen has created a story that you cannot help but enjoy. I liked it from the beginning, and when I finished it, I wanted to re-read it immediately. I recommend this educational picture book to all readers who enjoy fantasy stories, especially if they are children who do not like going to the library." 

Kirkus Reviews

"Cordova’s full-color illustrations are lively
and vibrant; even the dinosaurs’ faces are expressive. An appealing story for
dinophiles and library skeptics."
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Children's Literature

"Allen’s story is fun to share at home, as part of a library story time, or in the classroom. Elementary language arts teachers can use this book as a springboard for a unit on storytelling, encouraging readers to imagine and then draw or write what might happen during Mrs. Barker’s next library day—or, perhaps, a day in their own library.
Highly recommended."

Shannan Monson

"A book full of imagination and wonder to help your little ones fall in love with reading. 
A magical reminder that your next great adventure is always just a book away."

Publishers Weekly

“Brimming with wonder and adventure, There Are Dinosaurs in the Library!  is sure to delight even the most reluctant readers. Full of action and heart, this ode to the pleasures of reading may convince reluctant readers to jump in
or remind even the most committed readers of the joy to be found in the act of reading.”
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Shannon Peterson

“There Are Dinosaurs in the Library! is a regular request. [My boys - aged 9, 6, 4 and 2] love that it is something that feels so possible to them. The illustrations are beautiful and captivating and as an adult this is a book I 100% enjoy
reading nightly.”

Casey Rae

NetGalley Reviewer

5 out of 5 Stars

"My three-year old is really into the Dinosaur phase right now. She loved that there were a bunch of dinosaurs she already knew the names of and a few new ones to spot as well! The graphics in this book are so bright
and kept her attention perfectly!
A great book!"
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