From the Series Dino-Sports

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

When veggie-nibbling Grazers and meat-munching Biters take to the soccer field, it’s a showdown of prehistoric proportions.

Diplodocus shows an herbivore’s soft touch and strikes first for the Grazers. But Gallimimus takes a pass from the twin Pterodactyls on the wings and finishes it off to even things up for the Biters. In the second half, Apatosaur scores the go-ahead goal for the veggie-side, but then a brawl results in red cards for both teams. Hungry to tie the game, Biter Allosaurus takes advantage. Now it’s 2-2, setting up the teeth-gnashing, claw-curling final minutes.

Dinosaurs face off in prehistoric sports competitions—from baseball to wrestling and every sport in between! Will the plant-eaters become the champions? Or will the meat-eaters be victorious? Fast-paced, rhyming commentary and exuberant illustrations put readers right in the action. Sure to thrill dinosaur lovers and sports fans alike!

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2009
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2009-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 1.2
Text Type Fiction—Humor
BISACS JUV002060, JUV032150, JUV057000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 450
ATOS Reading Level 2.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 131427
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Lisa Wheeler

Lisa Wheeler is the award-winning author of the Dino-Sports and Dino-Holidays books. When she isn't running around the country visiting schools, standing at podiums, and eating airport snacks, she resides in Michigan.

Illustrator: Barry Gott

Barry Gott lives in Ohio and has illustrated many children's books, including all of the Dino-Sports and Dino-Holidays books.

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School Library Journal, Curriculum Connections

For Goal!:
“Stewart wraps a history of the game, bizarre incidents, record-setting achievements, and portraits of some of the game’s greatest players around absorbing, high-tension accounts of 10 renowned goals.”
School Library Journal

For Dino-Soccer:
“Wheeler’s fast and furious verse finds a perfect counterpart in Gott’s richly colored scenes of jersey-clad creatures battling furiously for the ball—right down to the suspenseful final moments.”
School Library Journal


“Wheeler sneaks in dino-facts with nearly every bounce of the ball; as the tiny Lesothosaurus scrambles around the opposing behemoths, Wheeler writes: ‘Leso traps it with his feet. / Although he’s small, / his moves are sweet.’ Gott’s busy, gregarious art is humorously consistent, with team flags and jerseys giving the sense that this world, silly as it is, has been thoroughly envisioned.”

School Library Journal

“Gott’s vibrant illustrations increase the suspense and fast pace of the rollicking narrative. The expressive faces of the players and the frenetic energy of the pictures add a bit of humor to the story. Sports fans and dinosaur lovers will delight in this follow-up to Dino-Hockey (Carolrhoda, 2007).”
School Library Journal