Oh No! The Talent Show #BookReview #picturebook #childrensbook #kidsbook #kidlit #bookworm @mackidsbooks @evachen212 @feiwelfriends

Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:

In Roxy the Unisaurus Rex Presents: Oh No! The Talent Show, Instagram superstar and New York Timesbestselling author of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes Eva Chen sends readers on a second adventure of self-discovery alongside Roxy and her friends, vibrantly brought to life by Matthew Rivera’s rainbow watercolors.

Come one, come all to a talent show of PREHISTORIC proportions!

The annual talent show is coming up at Roxy and Dexter’s school. Roxy and the all the other dinosaurs have brilliant talents to show off, from hula-hooping to rollerskating.

But Dexter the dinocorn doesn’t feel like he has any talents.

With a little help from Roxy, he learns that being a good friend and listener is actually the most important talent of all.

About: Roxy the Unisaurus Rex Presents: Oh No! The Talent Show written by Eva Chen and illustrated by Matthew Rivera. It was recently published on 10/12/2021 by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are picture book, children’s fiction, and dinosaurs. This book was intended for readers ages 4 to 6. According to the publisher’s website, “Feiwel and Friends is a publisher of innovative children’s fiction and nonfiction literature, including hardcover, paperback series, and individual titles. The imprint is dedicated to “book by book” publishing, bringing the work of distinctive and outstanding authors, illustrators, and ideas to the marketplace. Feiwel and Friends is defined and guided by our principle: Our books are friends for life.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.

My Experience: I started reading Roxy the Unisaurus Rex Presents: Oh No! The Talent Show for my toddler daughter on 10/20/2021 as a nap time story and we finished it that same day. We have since loved looking through the illustrations and naming out colors, learning letters, and things from each page like disco ball, roller skates, butterflies, bow tie, fountain, etc many nights before we go to sleep. My 2 year old has been saying T-Rex these days and I think she remembered from me reading this book to her. She’s learning to recognize the letters from “talent show” because it’s in big bold purple. I liked that this story wasn’t wordy so it able to hold the attention of little readers. I liked Dexter’s talents because I felt exactly the same back when I was in school. It’ll definitely comfort many young readers who don’t have talents of singing and dancing. My son is the same way so I encouraged him to fine tune his Dexter’s talents and focus on academics!

This book opened up to Roxy calling out to Dexter. She couldn’t wait to share with him her best news. Dexter had to fish it out of her because in her excitement she was busy listing out how amazing her news was. The talent show got her thrilled because she had many talents and couldn’t decide which one to perform. The rest of the prehistoric friends already decided what they will do. One will do the hula-hooping, the other will do roller-skating, T-Rex will do the stomping because he’s huge, etc. Roxy then noticed Dexter was feeling sad and went to comfort him. She learned that he couldn’t sing or dance to join in the talent show. She then took the time to list out the things that Dexter did well and that they’re considered talents too, just the hidden kinds.

Roxy the Unisaurus Rex Presents: Oh No! The Talent Show was well written and illustrated. Roxy was definitely an upbeat and fun character. She’s happy and excited. Her excitement actually was contagious because I couldn’t help but smile as I read this book. The other dinosaur’s hula-hooping was a good one! I liked how quickly Roxy came to Dexter’s rescue when he was feeling down. This story will teach young readers of friendship, understanding, and to be happy with your hidden talents because some talents don’t have to be showy. I liked the portraits of different dinosaurs at the end of the book and fun facts about each one. An excellent book for kids and I recommend everyone to read it!

I rate it 5 stars!

Buy it here for free shipping: Book Depository or Macmillan’s website

About the Author and Illustrator:

Eva Chen is a first-generation Chinese-American who grew up in New York City. She blames her deviation from pre-med at Johns Hopkins University on a love of fashion and beauty instilled in her by her mother, whose perfect bob and lipstick made a permanent imprint on her impressionable young mind. Previously the editor in chief of Lucky, Eva has also written for ELLE, Vogue, Teen Vogue,Vogue China, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. She is currently the head of fashion partnerships at Instagram, where she is guilty of the occasional duck-face selfie. Eva lives in New York City with her husband and two children. She is the author of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, A Is for Awesome, and Juno Valentine and the Fantastic Fashion Adventure. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website, book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).

Matthew Rivera earned his bachelor degree in fine arts from the University of Arizona. After many years of being an art director for agencies, corporations, and toymakers, Matthew now writes and illustrates stories for children, such as Brains: Not Just a Zombie Snack and Roxy the Last Unisaurus Rex. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).

More Information about Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Website: https://us.macmillan.com/mackids/ | Instagram: www.instagram.com/mackidsbooks | Twitter: www.twitter.com/mackidsbooks |Website: https://us.macmillan.com/publishers/feiwel-and-friends | Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/feiwelfriends

***Disclaimer: Many thanks to MacKidsBooks for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

xoxo,

Jasmine

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