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Crunch the Shy Dinosaur (Board book)

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By Cirocco Dunlap, Greg Pizzoli (Illustrator)
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Encourage Crunch the dinosaur to come out to play in this giggly read-aloud about the art of making a friend!

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

This picture book, from the author of This Book Will Not Be Fun and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning illustrator, has subtly delivered lessons in friend making (such as minding personal space and demonstrating interest in another's hobbies) and is a warm, funny example of how to engage with someone new.

About the Author

CIROCCO DUNLAP (This Book Will Not Be Fun) has written for and performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. She has also written for the New Yorker, the MTV Movie Awards, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and Funny or Die. You can find her at, and follow her on Twitter at @ciroccotweets.

GREG PIZZOLI is an author, illustrator, and screen printer from Philadelphia.

Greg's work has been featured in the New York Times, Communication Arts, and 3x3 magazine, and he's won two Portfolio Honor Awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

In 2009, he received his MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he now teaches.

Praise For…

"Crunch is a hot-pink, nonthreatening dinosaur. An unseen narrator gives readers a series of directions on how to interact with him, setting up an entertaining, interactive story experience. Larger lessons about how to relate to others lurk beneath the surface of this lighthearted tale. An excellent interactive choice."
-School Library Journal  

 "The illustrations will have children and adults chuckling, as the not-insubstantial Crunch attempts to hide in the boughs of a rather small tree and as his expressions change from dubious to delighted." -Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9780525707646
ISBN-10: 0525707646
Publisher: Random House Studio
Publication Date: June 29th, 2021
Pages: 34