Don't Invite Dinosaurs To Dinner by Neil Griffiths and Peggy Collins
|Don't Invite Dinosaurs To Dinner by Neil Griffiths and Peggy Collins|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Kerry King|
|Summary: Dinosaurs really are dreadful dinner guests. And at football, they never win. Ballet lessons are a bust but playtime is where your average dino really comes into his own…. A riotous Cretaceously proportioned romp with a delightful conclusion.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: September 2011|
|Publisher: Red Robin Books|
Don't invite dinosaurs to dinner, or take them to the shops… don't take them to a football match, or to sports day, or to the zoo …. In fact, DON'T take a dinosaur anywhere because, as you will find out, it's a really, really bad idea!
I've got to tell you now, that I really love this book – firstly, the stanzas are the well-paced rhyming variety and not your moon, June, spoon assortment of verse, either, which was a pleasant surprise and went down very well in our house and secondly there are fold out flaps which are huge and beautifully illustrated, often with hilarious punch lines lurking inside.
The array of events and occasions that you should keep your friendly neighbourhood dinosaur away from are original, many and varied and rather well thought out too and the concluding twist in the tale toward the end of the story is a cute, comforting and suitably gentle one (and I don't mean cute as in nauseating, I really do mean cute).
At a read time of approximately 6 minutes, including flap navigation, this book is a super bedtime read, but because it's so colourful it also makes a terrific group read because there is so much going on in the illustrations, you can't possibly see everything the first time around.
Sensibly redressing the portrayal of dinosaurs as monsters, this is another one you can rely on to not disturb the younger pre-schooler and for that reason alone I recommend it wholeheartedly. The fact that it ticks so many other boxes is a bonus and I can see this little book sitting in a prominent position on the shelf for a long time to come.
For further reading, the occupants of our household, adult and child, rather enjoy a rhyming story – I've mentioned it before, but we adore Tyrannosaurus Drip and The Gruffalo both by Julia Donaldson. We also very heartily recommend The Day The Gogglynipper Escaped by James McKnight and Mark Chambers because it’s fun and follows the monster theme.
Lastly, we at Bookbag would like to extend our thanks to the kind ladies and gentlemen at Red Robin Books for sending us this copy to review. We also have a review of The Pelican Who Couldn't by Neil Griffiths and Peggy Collins.
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