Perfect Picture Book Friday! Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad by Liz Climo

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is really cute and a good pick for father’s day.

roryRory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad
By Liz Climo
40 pages – ages 3+
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on May 5, 2015

Theme/Topic- Father-Son Bonding

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “This is Rory.”

Synopsis – From Goodreads: “Meet Rory, the dinosaur. He loves spending time with his dad, but today he wants to go on his own adventure and explore his island home. He can’t wait to tell his dad all about the things he can do all by himself, from crossing rivers to finding shelter from the rain. Little does Rory know, his father is never far behind. There’s nothing Rory’s dad won’t do for his intrepid son–he’ll even let him think he’s made the journey all by himself.

Why I liked this book- This is probably one of the best family-bonding picture books I’ve read this year. I like how, even though Rory is going on an adventure, he still “listens” to his dad (Rory “isn’t allowed to swim without his dad.”) and follows his rules. Rory is a good kid. The illustrations include some humor for adults/older readers (like the titles on the books Rory’s dad reads – “Roar and Peace” 🙂 ) The book is a great story about parents watching our for their kids ut still letting them have an adventure. All in all, it’s a great mixture of fun for everyone.

Activities and Resources- 

Think about a time when you and your dad had an “adventure”. Then write about it! (It’s okay to exaggerate a little) For example, once my dad and I were walking through the woods, and we stumbled upon a flock of turkeys;

The forest was silent. A man and child crept through the woods. It was now or never – gobble gobble gobble! A huge flock of giant turkeys came out and starting attacking the humans with ninja moves and fast reflexes. The man was scared, but the boy was not. He knew what to do. HI-YAH! And Thanksgiving was plentiful.


Since Father’s Day is approaching, why don’t you make a homemade card for your dad?

I see Ms. Climo has another book coming out in October – I already have it on my TBR list – mostly because of the title. 😉


To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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28 replies

  1. Sounds like wonderful choices for upcoming Father’s Day.

  2. Great father’s day pick and the choice of dinosaurs seems perfect for this story. You are right about the next title being brilliant!

  3. Yes, this is a great father’s day choice! I like the emphasis on father and son bonding and the trust between them. Also like the story you wrote about turkeys — well done!

  4. Cute story! I like the turkey story too. It reminds me of the wild turkeys that lurk around my father-in-law’s pond.

  5. This sounds like a picture perfect pic for father’s day! Great review, Erik!

  6. picture perfect pick . . . . me and my typos!

  7. Just like Rory’s dad, I have to watch over Mom everywhere we go. I keep her safe from scary things like ladders, golf carts, cats under cars, mailmen, and pumpkins.

    Love and licks,

  8. Nice Friday pick. Really like the story. It is a great idea and one I have not read anything like. Unusual and good. I love father-son stories. Enjoyed the review and you Hi-Karate-ing Thanksgiving dinner for your family while your poor, fearful father quivered in the corner. You are such a good son. A bad fabricator, but a good son. 🙂

  9. Sounds like a great choice. And her next book sounds awesome, too!

  10. Homemade cards are the best and a lil’ exaggerating is perfectly acceptable! Gobble gobble.

  11. what a fun storyline… it reminds me of a hiking challenge with a group of girl scouts (leaders stayed far behind to allow the girls to make decisions, but were available in case of emergency)

  12. Loved your review. Also loved your short story…. very cute! 😉

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