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Ahah This is such a fun read and very witty. Brian discovers that there were frogs during dino times so he decides to become one, Roarrr... while the forest animals love the idea, it doesn't go well after a while because they expect him to act as a dino not as a frog or like Brian at all. In the pond, things do not go well either. The other frogs don't want a dino around, they are frogs.

The first solution that Brian finds doesn't work either, but both the pond and the forest animals realize they are being mean. The last solution is the best. Love the simple but filled with fun and loud illustrations. This is such a great and fun read to remind us of being to accept others and be more ourselves.

Thank you NetGalley and Publisher for this e-arc.

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From the publisher:


From the author of Bird Hugs, a story about being yourself, even if that means becoming a new kind of dinosaur!

Brian loves dinosaurs. When he discovers that frogs were around when dinosaurs were alive, he decides that makes him a dinosaur―a Brianosaurus, in fact. At first, it’s fun. But his woodland friends think he should roar all the time, not use trampolines or read books. And the frogs think he’s making the pond look bad. So Brianosaurus decides to act exactly the way they want. The trouble is, he isn’t happy…until he decides to be himself.

A Note From the Publisher

Ged Adamson is a children’s book author and illustrator. His picture books include Bird Hugs, named a Best Children’s Book of the Year by the Bank Street College of Education; A Fox Found a Box; Douglas, You Need Glasses!; Shark Dog!; and Ava and the Rainbow (Who Stayed). He has also worked as a cartoonist, storyboard artist, and composer for film and TV. He lives in London with his partner, Helen, and son, Rex.

Advance Praise

“Digitally rendered pencil and watercolor illustrations depict vivid pond and forest scenes and likable and well-meaning friends as the story traces a sweetly funny path to self-acceptance. Will have readers recognizing that they, too, can be their own unique ME-osauruses.” ―Kirkus Reviews

My review

5 stars

This is so beautiful, not only the artwork style but the homage to the Métis. I did not know about the flower beadwork people, but now I will look for more to learn all I can. The book even includes at the end a recipe for a traditional dish, we learn new words and the art of this community. Very educational and enriching read. It also makes us want to share with each other, respect each other, and learn from our community and so many different experiences.

The artwork is so beautiful I want to frame some of the double pages with the images of the warm field.

Thank you Netgalley and publisher for this e-arc.

Find the book here.

From the publisher


Whether or not you're Métis, there's so much to experience and learn about this amazing Indigenous culture — take a picture book journey into Métis crafts, music and cooking with friends who love to share.

Are you Métis like me? A group of children of Métis descent share and explore all the ways they celebrate and experience their heritage — enjoying traditional foods like bannock bread and Saskatoon berries; crafting with beads; sharing stories, dance, music and songs. Each child shares a different way they enjoy honoring their backgrounds and weaving parts of the rich tapestry that makes up Métis culture. One child, though, has grown up disconnected from their history, and can't join in with the others in the same way. But they soon see it's never too late to learn, celebrate or become a part of a community in which Métis and non-Métis alike can discover the richness of an often-overlooked culture.

This rhythmic, jubilant book will encourage young readers of all backgrounds to celebrate their own heritage and learn more about Métis history, and contains back matter including an author's note, recipe and dictionary to further inspire.

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