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Ally-Saurus & the First Day of School
Contributor(s): Torrey, Richard (Author)

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ISBN: 1454911794     ISBN-13: 9781454911791
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
OUR PRICE: $12.71  

Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2015

Annotation: Setting off for her first day at school, Ally, a little girl with a dinosaur's spirit, hopes she'll meet other dinosaur-mad children in class, but instead, she discovers her classmates have their own vivid imaginations and strong personalities.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - New Experience
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
Dewey: E
Age Level: 3-6
Grade Level: Preschool-1
Lexile Measure: 530 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Series: Ally-Saurus
Physical Information: 0.6" H x 8.6" W x 11" (0.95 lbs) 40 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 181504
Reading Level: 3.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Richard Torrey is an author, artist, and editorial cartoonist. He has written and illustrated seven books, including the popular Beans Baker series for Random House and the three-book series Almost, Why?, and Because for HarperCollins. He has also illustrated dozens of books for Simon & Schuster, Golden Books, McGraw-Hill, and Scholastic; had his art published in Highlights magazine, KidCity, and Inside Sports; and created a successful line of greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings. Richard lives with his wife and children in Shoreham, NY. You can learn more about Richard at: richardtorreystudios.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall)
During Ally's (a.k.a. Ally-saurus) first foray into school, she inserts her dinosaur obsession into every moment ("This is how dinosaurs eat!") with varying amounts of success. As the day goes on, Ally learns that fellow classmates (pirate, princess, lion, Walter, etc.) have some pretty cool interests, too. Readers will root for Ally and her passions, wherever they lead. Subtle pastel details enhance the simple line drawings.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 May #2)

Ally has a dinosaur alter ego, Ally-saurus; Torrey gives the girl a dinosaur T-shirt, fountainlike pigtails—and a pink, crayonlike tail and spikes, which reveal the depths of her obsession and imagination. At school, Ally discovers that her classmates' interests are just as prominent: a group of "princesses" (whose yellow gowns and crowns are overlaid atop their school-day outfits) are initially unfriendly, while Ally finds like-minded friends in students who love spaceships, lions, and dragons. The children's make-believe accouterments create a fun visual effect, delivering bright pops of color against Torrey's b&w pencil drawings while simultaneously demonstrating the way children's passions loom large in their lives. Ages 3–6. Agent: Ronnie Ann Herman, Herman Agency. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 August)

PreS-Gr 2—It's the first day of school, and Ally—or Ally-saurus as she likes to be called—wonders if there will be "other dinosaurs" in her grade? She is one of many spirited children in her class, and while Ally is obsessed with dinosaurs, each child has his or her own passion. During recess, Ally is faced with dragons, pirates, astronauts, lions, and, of course, know-it-all princesses. In the end, the school librarian is credited with expanding Ally's imagination. Torrey has captured the concerns that come with the first day of school. Beautiful black-and-white drawings highlight each child's imagination with color. Imparting the lesson that everyone has their own personality and can still be themselves and make friends, this story is worth the read. However, it may be a little long for the intended audience. VERDICT This book can easily be used in classrooms in September to relieve the anxiety that children might feel at the beginning of the school year. —Betsy Davison, Cortland Free Library, NY

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