#RWYK Great Read #Review –Ally-saurus & the Very Bossy Monster by Richard Torrey


It’s official! Ally-saurus & the very Bossy Monster by Richard Torrey has been named a Reading with Your Kids certified Great Read!

At Reading with Your Kids, we only recommend the best books to read with your kids based on many hours of reading and research so that you can be sure that each one in our list of RWYK Certified Great Read is fantastic and will be worth your time.

Richard’s book encourages young children to stand up for themselves as well as others so we highly recommend it to parents, teachers and librarians. We enjoyed reading Ally-saurus & the Very Bossy Monster and we hope you will too.


Let’s have a look at the Book Blurb

What happens when a bossy new girl tries to make everyone play by her rules? 
Ally-saurus is back—and ROARING louder than ever! 

Ally-saurus and her friends always have lots of fun playing pretend. They stomp, they roar, they dance, each in their own way. But new girl Maddie wants everyone to play by HER rules. “Monsters can’t be dinosaurs or dancers,” she insists. Worst of all, she won’t let little Petey have his teddy bear! Can Ally-saurus help Maddie understand that bossiness is no fun at all?  With charm and humor, Richard Torrey teaches a gentle lesson in respecting each other’s differences . . . and playing nice.

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Get to know more about Richard Torrey

Richard Torrey imageRichard Torrey is the author/illustrator of fifteen books and the illustrator of dozens more. For the better part of two decades, he has also been the creator of a top-selling line of greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings.

Born in Los Angeles, Richard began doodling as soon as he could hold a crayon. In third grade, he showed a picture of a horse he had drawn to the legendary comic strip creator, Charles Schulz. Schulz drew Snoopy on the back of the picture, inspiring Richard to follow a similar career path.

Richard’s books have received starred reviews from School Library Journal, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist. He has  also received a Booklist Editor’s Choice award, An ALA Editor’s Choice award, a Junior Library Guild Award, A Children’s Choice Award, and a Bank Street College “Best Children’s Book of the Year, as well an Outstanding Merit award by Bank Street’s Children’s Book Committee.

The son of Hockey Hall-of-Famer, Bill Torrey, Richard lives in Long Island, New York, with his wife and two children.

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Our Review


A Refreshing Story about Bossiness and celebrating differences!

Ally- saurus & the Very Bossy Monster by Richard Torrey is a fun yet educational picture book that addresses the problem of bossy friends, standing up to bullies and respecting each other’s differences.

We all have known a few bossy kids and know how frustrating it is for all when such a kid is near and trying to boss their friends around. That’s what Ally, or as she likes to be called “Ally-saurus” and her friend’s Kai & his younger brother Petey experiences when their new neighbour, Maddie, moves in. Before Maddie, Ally and her friends played imaginary games together beautifully. All of them would have so much fun playing their favorite role—Ally loves playing a Dinosaur that roarrrs, Kai loves to dance & perform, and little Petey adores his yellow teddy bear and shouts Bear!!!

But ever since Maddie moved in, everything changed. Maddie tells everyone what to do and how to do it. She wants everyone to play by HER rules. Her bossy attitude does not make her fun to play with or be around. At first, Ally-saurus and her friends go along with her as they wanted to be kind to her. But as Maddie continues to boss around, Ally Saurus Roars,,, standing up to Maddie and protecting her friends. Through her standing up to a bossy friend, Ally teaches Maddie to play cooperatively and kindly.

Illustrations of this book, also done by the author are just adorable. Although we’re a big fan of colorful illustrations in children’s book, black and white pictures in this book totally serves the purpose and helps bring the story come alive for children. we love the usage of crayoned markings to define the imaginary roles of the characters based on their interests. Ally’s simple, cartoonish character, with her straight black hair tied into pigtails, her pink dinosaur spikes, Kai’s purple top hat and tails, Petey holding a yellow teddy bear and Maddie’s imaginary green monster crown. Every thing works beautifully!

Final Verdict

Overall, Ally-saurus & the Very Bossy Monster is a cute, quick read that your little ones will be sure to love. Like Maddie, many kids are bossy and hopefully this book will show them that bossing people around is not a good thing and help them find ways to resolve difficult and similar situations.

So if you’re looking for a fun book that addresses bossiness or celebrates differences, pick this book up! Its beautiful perspective is not only valuable to children, but refreshing for adults too!


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