Ages 5-8. The clever, full-page, black-and-white illustrations by the late Marshall may make this reissue of a poetry collection first published in 1980 worth the price tag. The balloon-captioned comments add a fresh dimension to the verses. "He's extinct with fatigue," snidely remark two rats as the Dinosore soaks his aching feet. While a tad too cute, the 22 rhymes about such unusual critters as the Edgehog, Pythong, and Crocodial have appealing wordplay and childlike silliness. Julie Corsaro
About the Author
Jane Yolen has received numerous awards for her writing, including the Golden Kite Award, two Christopher Medals, and both the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota and the Regina Medal for her body of work. In 2011 she was named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and St. Andrews, Scotland.