The BGs Review: Ally-Saurus & the First Day of School by Richard Torrey

August 4, 2015 Children's Book Reviews 0 ★½

The BGs Review: Ally-Saurus & the First Day of School by Richard TorreyTitle: Ally-Saurus by Richard Torrey
Published by: Sterling Children's Books on May 5, 2015
Genres: Children's Books, Picture Books
Source: The Publisher
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 32
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You can call her Ally-SAURUS! When Ally roars off to her first day at school, she hopes she'll meet lots of other dinosaur-mad kids in class. Instead, she's the only one chomping her food with fierce dino teeth and drawing dinosaurs on her nameplate. Even worse, a group of would-be "princesses" snubs her! Will Ally ever make new friends? With its humorous art, appealing heroine, and surprise ending, this fun picture book celebrates children's boundless imagination.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The BGs Review is a feature on the blog where my daughters and I review children’s books. This review includes my thoughts on the book, as suitable for children, as well as opinions and thoughts from my two oldest “Baby Girls” (ages 10 and 4) aka the BGs.

One Line: I loved the illustrations, but the story fell flat for me and the kids.

The best part of this book was the illustrations. They were very well done and I loved the look and feel of the book in general. It was appealing to the eye and I liked the contrast in colors from the characters and their imaginations. The story, however, left a lot to be desired. I didn’t like how choppy it was. Things were just all over the place and yes, I know this is a kids book, but there should still be some consistency and continuity with the story. The kids lost interest very early on and despite the nice pictures, they just couldn’t get back into it. The ending upset me as well as we followed Ally through her first day of school and then all of a sudden it’s the next day as Ally get out of bed, and that’s it. The book is over. It was so abrupt and didn’t make any sense to me.

Thoughts from BG1: I didn’t like it. The pictures were nice but the story was boring. I did like Walter though, but that was it.

Thoughts from BG2: I wanna be a dinosaur, too.

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