Kid Konnection: The Berenstain Bears and the G-Rex Bones
When Ralph Ripoff and Dr. Zoltan Bearish get together, they come up with a scheme to make millions of dollars. They’re going to make a fake dinosaur skeleton to sell to Professor Actual Factual and the Bearsonian Institution. It’s not just about the money, though; Zoltan wants to ruin the professor’s reputation.
Brother and Sister Bear go on a nature hike with their school and spy something unusual, but they don’t think too much about it until they hear Professor Actual Factual is going to buy some fossils. They know something’s not right and, when they figure out what’s going on, they enlist Papa Bear to help them prove it.
When Vance was younger, we loved Berenstain Bears books. Brother and Sister Bear weren’t perfect, but they were good and respectful and they always learned a valuable lesson. Keeping that in mind, I was thrilled to discover a Berenstain Bears chapter book, The Berenstain Bears and the G-Rex Bones by Stan and Jan Berenstain. It pains me to say this, but I didn’t love this chapter book the way I love their early readers.
Brother and Sister are still good bear cubs and the illustrations are up to their high standards, but I thought the mystery, and the way the cubs solved it, was a little far-fetched. I did appreciate the way Papa Bear respected and supported the cubs. I also appreciated the way the cubs worked together but I felt the book could have taken on a more realistic and serious subject. Of course, I’m not the target audience, and young dinosaur lovers may just dig this book.
There’s an excerpt for another Berenstain Bears chapter book in the back of this book, so apparently there’s a series! Young readers will probably enjoy revisiting favorite characters.
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