A huge congratulations to the author, Deborah Dolan Hunt, and the illustrator, Ashleigh Heyns, on receiving such a wonderful review of No Dinosaurs Allowed.

Book Overview

No Dinosaurs Allowed is a story of friendship and acceptance.

Bobby tries to take his friend Teddy the Dinosaur to a party, the library, and the zoo, unfortunately, dinosaurs are not welcome. Finally, they go to the park but there are no swings or slides and only one little boy. But Teddy saves the day by allowing the little boy and Bobby to use him as a swing and slide.

Eventually, a group of children joins them. On the way home, the zookeeper invites them to come back the next day because the zoo animals want to meet Teddy, and the librarian has moved storytime to a larger room so now Teddy can fit, and then the birthday party mommy invites them into the backyard for cake.

This picture book is 398 words and is perfect for boys and girls ages 4-8.***No Dinosaurs Allowed is part of the Princess Like Me® and Prince Like Me® Campaign. Therefore it is available in multiple ethnic backgrounds. Book Option Legend: (B) for the Black Community, (L/X) for the Latin/Hispanic Community, (E) for the European/Caucasian Community***

LitPick’s Review

No Dinosaurs Allowed follows the story of a kind dinosaur and his struggle to fit in with the human neighborhood around him. His owner tries to find places for Teddy the dinosaur to play like the zoo, the library, and birthday parties, but everyone says that Teddy is too big. Finally, at the park, Bobby finds a group of kids who begin to love Teddy because he lets them swing on his tail and slide down his long back. After this, Teddy is seen in a new light among the community, and he is allowed to participate in all sorts of fun activities!


This picture book is a entertaining story about a large dinosaur named Teddy and his owner Bobby. The author does a great job of incorporating the feelings and emotions of Teddy when the community restricts him from participating in certain events. This picture book teaches readers that people should not stereotype or judge others based on their appearance. This story celebrates diversity and inclusion so that everyone can have fun and participate in activities together.

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