Illustrated by Scot Ritchie
Picture Book for Children Ages 2–5
List Price: $21.95 CAD / $17.95 USD
Hardcover with dust jacket | Reinforced Binding
Trim Size: 9 x 8 inches / 22.86 x 20.32 cm
Publication Date: September 13, 2022
Distributed in the US by Ingram Publisher Services
Rights Available: World ex. North America
A witty and whimsical picture book for young fans of dinosaurs and vehicles alike.
What kind of car would a tiny Velociraptor drive? Perhaps a mini car? But what would suit a vegetarian Iguanodon or a pack of rowdy Triceratops? What would an ideal vehicle be for a T-rex? Whatever it is, it had better come with an adjustable steering wheel for those short arms!
Illustrated by award-winning artist Scot Ritchie, this humorous picture book helps dinosaurs find their perfect way to get around. Carnotaurus, Brachiosaurus, Diplodocus, and more, ride around a variety of vehicles that suit their style, anatomy, and nature. At story time, readers will ask themselves the inevitable question: out of all the things that go, what would my favorite dinosaur drive?
Scot Ritchie’s fun and witty dinosaurs will have children laughing at the absurdity of a T-rex in a monster truck, while they simultaneously learn the names of these prehistoric creatures. Author Lynn Leitch includes preschooler-friendly dinosaur facts that help readers to go beyond the story. A closing page of activities is included to further enrich the reading experience.
Awards and Honours:
2022 The Children’s Book Council “August: Hot Off the Press” feature
“The concept of the book is interesting and gets a big lift from four appended suggestions for caregivers on engaging readers and honing their critical-thinking skills…Young readers who sit firmly in the Venn diagram overlap of dinosaur lovers and car enthusiasts will be thrilled, and with the right guidance, those outside of that overlap will be interested as well… Amusing fun from the “Car”-taceous era!”—Kirkus Reviews
“Dinosaurs hit the road as Leitch and Ritchie pair eight species with their ideal vehicles… Ritchie’s cartoonlike pencil, ink, and digital art presents the subjects’ personalities with an anthropomorphized stylishness befitting their vehicle of choice… a playfully tender concluding scene should fuel driving daydreams.”—Publishers Weekly
“In a (mostly) four wheeled flight of “What If…” Leitch pairs prehistoric motorists to preferred motor vehicles and Ritchie puts pedal to the metal with windswept views of full sized dinos atop, usually, hilariously tiny cars…Sporting loud, unnatural, vigorously brushed colors the eight drivers prance…alongside identifying labels and facts, and the author tacks on a set of extension activities.”—Booklist
“There is a page of facts about dinosaurs at the end of the book and a list of questions prompting creative thinking about dinosaurs and vehicles.”—School Library Journal
“Lively dinosaurs and colorful vehicles collide, combining two preschooler-popular topics in one playful story….Whether read aloud by an adult at home, shared by a teacher in the classroom, or selected as an independent reading choice, the title has vast appeal and will fascinate children and adults alike….Reviewer Rating: 5”—Children’s Literature
“Cute and cuddly dinosaurs drive a variety of vehicles…The very attractive pen-and-ink drawings filled with digital color look like watercolor…I definitely liked the clean, spare, and stylish look of the book, with its boldly colored illustrations on mostly white pages.”—Youth Services Book Review
“I recommend this book to parents or teachers of young children in the age 3-8 range who enjoy dinosaurs and are beginning to explore repetitive beginner books with increasing independence.”—YA Books Central
“Dinos Driving would be an entertaining addition to picture book collections for young ones interested in both dinosaurs and things that go. Recommended”—CM Magazine
“I love the opportunity for critical and creative thinking involved in Dinos Driving…Scot Ritchie’s illustrations are whimsical and fun…Children will have a good laugh seeing how the different dinosaurs navigate driving their vehicles.”—Storytime with Stephanie
“I like looking at the pictures on each page because they are bright and colorful…This story would be a good one for little kids to enjoy or people of any age who really like dinosaurs! Reviewed by: Lydia – age 8”—Kids Book Buzz
“I love the whole exciting vibe of the book and I highly recommend it.”—Storywraps
“If your favourite dinosaur drives a vehicle, what kind would it drive? In this picture book, author Lynn Leitch answers just that question….I love the illustrations by Scot Ritchie.”—Book Time
“[A] wild ride that will be especially exciting for little ones who like dinosaurs and cars….A fun book to share out loud.”—The International Educator
“5 out of 5 stars….This is such a fun book!…I like that the text is simple, but it really sparks your imagination! The illustrations are adorable, and I loved the cute designs for each dinosaur character….Every page has something new and interesting!”—Luminous Libro