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Harry and the Dinosaurs Romp in the Swamp Hardcover – 24 Apr 2003


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Gullane Children's Books; New Ed edition (24 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862334013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862334014
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 21 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,362,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Whybrow is a hugely popular and best-selling children's author, with over 100 books to his name.

Before he began to write full-time, Ian spent much of his working life as a secondary school teacher, mostly as Head of English and Drama and later as Head of Sixth Form.

Originally from Kent, Ian has lived in Hong Kong, New York and various parts of London.

He now divides his time between London and Herefordshire where he enjoys (in no particular order) galleries, museums, digging, cycling, theatres, books, walking with friends, and hedgehogs.

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Having spent much of his life teaching English and Drama, Ian Whybrow is now a bestselling author. Among his most popular characters are the hugely successful Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs and the much-loved Little Wolf. Ian lives in Harrow, Middlesex. Adrian Reynolds is a hugely talented illustrator who has worked on many picture books, including the wonderful Harry stories and four adventures featuring Pete and Polo. Adrian lives in Cambridge. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 6 Mar. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a great story with lovely crisp clear pictures. Harry is taken to play at Charlie's house but he is worried about sharing his dinosaurs with her. Charlie however entices him out into the garden by creating a primordial forest which looks like a lot of fun to the dinosaurs. But snake (the garden hose) catches Tyrannosaurus so Harry, Charlie and the dinosaurs perform a daring rescue. This is an imaginative story and an inspiration to children and parents playing out in a muddy garden.

My children and I love all the Harry books and this one is everything you'd hope for. I do think that the `Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs' series is a slightly acquired taste, a taste that's very definitely worth acquiring. I wasn't hooked the first time I picked one up because there is a little low-level misbehaviour such as the brother-sister squabbling. However, the more of the series you read the more you enjoy each one exactly because of this: Harry is so real in a pretty normal family (Mum & Nan - there's no Dad in evidence). My children certainly appreciate this. They love it when Harry sticks his tongue out at big sister Sam in the car, for example. Fantastic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Brown on 20 Feb. 2003
Format: Hardcover
My three year son loves this book just as much as all the other harry stories,we read it together every night (twice). We love everything these books have to offer the pictures,colours and the story are superb, i dont know who was more excited me or him when we discovered yet another "harry and the dinosaurs" adventure.A fantastic book for the young,and the young at heart.
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This is another great `Harry' book. Not to be confused with the great Mr Potter, this Harry is busy learning about life with his favourite dinosaur toys. I really enjoyed reading Harry and the Dinosaurs with my daughter and this one continues the pleasure. In the first story Harry discovers a bucketful of dinosaurs and is astonished when they come to life, running away from him and getting up to mischief. I love the fact that (as an adult at least) you can see that this could be Harry's imagination as he plays with his toys and sees them as real and alive when in fact they are not.

In this story Harry has to deal with visiting a place he is not sure about and possibly having to share his beloved dinosaurs. This is so resonant of conversations we have had at home about both visiting and sharing and the concerns that children can have about it. It is great that Harry overcomes his reservations through imaginative play with his dinosaurs and his friend.

All the books we have read in this series show how the dinosaurs help Harry with various situations he finds himself in, coupled with the colourful and attractive drawings they make lovely books to just read, or to talk about.

Verdict: An enjoyable story to make your little one think without even thinking about it!
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Stories are a well-used way of helping children understand some of the complex aspects of life and social interaction. In trying to achieve this some stories are excruciatingly heavy-handed, over-simplistic and obvious to the point where its almost embarrassing to read them to even a small child. This is not the case with this story.

Harry is going to be left to play with a small girl he doesn't know. The author manages to convey Harry's social anxiety very subtly with Harry becoming possessive over his toys in case they are damaged, clinging to them when left with this new friend. In typical Ian Whybrow style the dinosaurs mirror Harry's feelings and are also suspicious of the new child. There is a gradual breaking of the ice, ending with Harry (and the dinosaurs) having really enjoyed the visit.

Whybrow doesn't spoil his lovely story by drawing the obvious conclusions. I'm grateful to him for this as even my 3 year-old could say at the end of the first reading "Harry's not scared now, its nice to have friends".
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