Penny Dale is an internationally-known, best-selling children's book artist and author and has sold more than 4 million books, with editions in over 20 languages. Her much-loved picture book Ten in the Bed sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Her other titles have also met with great success and include Wake Up My B!, which was commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal 1988 and Rosie's Babies (written by Martin Waddell), which won the Best Book for Babies award and was also shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1990.
"Bright busy pictures full of detail will capture children's attention as they enjoy this romp through a digging project." Parents in Touch "A perfect picture book." The Book Maven
PreS-Dale's counting book follows a formula designed to appeal to preschoolers: put dinosaurs in trucks and add a lot of noisy sound effects. The descriptive text uses numerous action words and is written in a marching pattern that invites children to clap along. Full-bleed watercolor and pencil spreads, each featuring a number from one to 10, show multihued dinos commanding rugged construction vehicles as they work together to dig a large hole, pump concrete, and paint it. The final spread reveals that they have built a giant swimming pool. With a stegosaurus driving a dump truck, a T. rex using a trowel, and a megalosaurus diving into the water, youngsters are likely to enjoy this picture book, but it is an additional purchase.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.