Nonna’s Corner: Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap

July 18th, 2018 Kimberly Review 10 Comments

18th Jul

Nonna's Corner

Today on Nonna’s Corner we are sharing the delightful story of Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur written by Cirocco Dunlap and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli.

Nonna’s Corner is where I share books I’ve read with my grandchildren, affectionately referred to as the Royals here at Caffeinated. Princess Sophia loved Crunch, and Nonna loved how it engaged her. Grab a cup of iced coffee and be sure to this to your child’s bookshelf.

Nonna’s Corner: Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap
Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur
by Cirocco Dunlap
Genres: Childrens
Pages: 40
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From Cirocco Dunlap (This Book Will Not Be Fun) and Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner Greg Pizzoli (The Watermelon Seed) comes a charming, giggly read-aloud that illustrates the particular art of making a friend!

Crunch is a lovely and quiet brontosaurus who has hidden himself in some shubbery and is rather shy. He would like to play, but it will require some gentle coaxing from you! If you are patient and encouraging, you will find yourself with a new friend!

This picture book is a warm, funny example of how to engage with someone new, who is perhaps a bit different from you. Lessons in friend-making (such as minding personal space and demonstrating interest in another’s hobbies) are delivered so subtly that children will absorb them unconsciously as they delight in Crunch’s silly hat and dance moves!

Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur delivers a simple story about a shy dinosaur named Crunch. What makes the story unique, and a favorite with Princess Sophia, is how the author encourages the child reading the story to communicate with Crunch.

Crunch is shy and you need to whisper hello just right. When Crunch becomes scared, you need to sit very quietly or sing Happy Birthday, which happens to be Crunch’s favorite song.

The simple, colorful illustrations provided by Greg Pizzoli, fit perfectly with the story and engaged the reader without overwhelming the storyline.

The book teaches children how to make friends, understanding shyness, introduced personal space and getting to know a potential friend. A fun read to share with your child or a group.

  • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 2
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10 Responses to “Nonna’s Corner: Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap”

  1. Tyler H. Jolley

    While this is the complete opposite of my daughter, (yeah I know, shocking she’s super outgoing, right? ) I could see a lot of kids benefiting from this book. Although, as your review points it, maybe it would help her understand kids that are shy. Excellent review, Kimba!

    • Kimberly

      Yes, the book assumes the reader is an extrovert (like Sophia) and helps you understand shy children.

  2. Daniela Ark

    ohh this sounds like such a darling! I love shy creatures in books because so many of us bookworms can relate to them especially young children. I Can picture Princess Sophia enjoying this one with Nonna 🙂