Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Suzanne Kaufman
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Two little dinosaur brothers love playing together, but sometimes they get into little fights over their toys. They fight over the silliest things like a Mexican wrestling mask, a stuffed animal, and even their family dog! Eventually Mama confiscates all of their toys and hides them in the cabinet. The brothers decide to use teamwork to stack household items and get their red balloon on top of the cabinet. Suddenly, everything bursts out of the cabinet and comes tumbling down. They are so afraid that Mama would be angry, but to their surprise, she is happy that they are sharing the balloon! In the end, the boys still have to clean up a big mess of previously confiscated toys, but they learned their lesson!
This is a great book for vocabulary acquisition. The relatable context of the book and the way that the word "confiscated" is simply defined before it is used makes this book a great one for building a young reader's vocabulary. The illustrations are colorful and humorous. One page spread has to be turned on its side in order to read the words and see the illustrations right-side up. This book will be enjoyed especially by young boys ages four to eight. Young siblings will relate to conflicts with brothers and sisters, as well as conflict resolution. Soon enough, children will be using the word "confiscated" as a part of their everyday vocabulary!