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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Reprints edition (4 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230015506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230015500
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 0.4 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "Tyrannosaurus Drip": "With scansion firmly in hand, Donaldson pens a rhymed tale of dino-heroism perfectly complemented by Roberts's comical cartoon scenes of toothy carnivores and trumpet-mouthed vegetarians . . . T. Drip is definitely a dino worth hooting over."--"Kirkus Reviews""" "Brilliant fun from the creator of "The Gruffalo," Slightly older kids will love this, and you adults will probably enjoy it too."--supernanny.co.uk Praise for "The Gruffalo": "A modern classic."--The Observer

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Whoever heard of a vegetarian T. rex?

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111 of 113 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Told with strong rhythm and rhyme as you'd expect, this is another sturdy addition to the Donaldson stable. In a nutshell, there are two types of dinosaur living alongside each other, the duck-billed dinosaurs who are peace-loving and vegetarian and the T. Rexes who, obviously, aren't. By chance a duck-billed dinosaur egg ends up in the T. Rex nest and the grim and grisly mother T Rex hatches a rather drippy little specimen. T. Drip, as his sisters name him, runs away across the river where he finds a herd of duckbill dinosaurs and when his T Rex family come across the river to eat the duckbills, he saves the day. The illustrations are lovely, quirky and funky with cool expressions on the dinosaurs faces, though the colour palette is not as wide-ranging as some of the other Donaldson stories. With a slightly more detailed and slower paced story, I wonder whether the book is aimed at the slightly older child than Sharing a Shell, Room on The Broom and The Gruffalo? Make sure you have those first, and then add this to your bookshelf as you child's attention span develops. Perfect for the older preschooler and Key Stage 1 children.

And if you love the style of these illustrations, I throroughly recommend Little Red: A fizzingly good yarn which is a very different type of tale with equally appealing pictures by David Roberts.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Jacobs VINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book needs to be read out loud, and you have to add silly voices. My boys (aged 5 and 7 years) loved it and demanded repeat readings many times. The art is wonderfully anarchic, and characters full of colour and personality, and there is a lot of detail half-hidden in the background, making it a book that your kids will love to look through to find where then egg-stealing Comp will turn up next.

The writing is good, and the rhymes are well constructed. There's one page where you'll get caught out as you turn the page, but it's great stuff.

Whether you are cheering for the predators or the herbivores, you'll find lots of cheer in this delightful package. It's only a shame that it isn't a longer book so that the fun could go on longer. Long live duckbill dinosaurs!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Net on 10 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This was given to my son for his 4th birthday and has become a firm favourite. It is a smoothly flowing rhyming story that begs to be told with silly voices at various different decibels. It is nicely illustrated and I agree with previous reviewers that instead of being as bold and colourful as we would expect from a Donaldson offering, it requires a little more observation from the reader as there is more than meets the eye in some pages: on this basis it is definitely a book a child could grow with and get more out of each time it is read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bluestockingyork on 18 Feb. 2008
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I love Julia Donaldson's books because they entertain the adult as well as the child. They hold us spellbound on the settee as we revel in the rhymes and sway with the rhythms. My five year old boy loves Tyrannosauruses and my 4 year old girl likes the families of dinosaurs and the tiny egg-carrying Compognathus. Even when I'm tired, I feel better after reading one of JD's masterpieces aloud, and the little ones go to bed content because there's always a happy ending.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Edwards-Sim on 4 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is another Donaldson triumph. I have used it in a number of storytime sessions with a wide variety of ages and it goes down a storm. The language is clever with repetition and sing song moments. The baddies are really bad the goodies are really loveable and the illustrations are excellent. Give it a try. You'll like it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LR Martens on 1 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is irresistibly charming.

A beautifully illustrated tale of a duckbill dinosaur egg stolen from its nest, which ends up in the 'care' of a grim family of tyrannosauruses across the river. After hatching, it becomes apparent that he doesn't quite belong where he is, so Tyrannosaurus Drip decides to run away, leading him to discover his own kind, how ingenious and brave he really is, and how wonderful life can be.

The rhythm, rhyme, and length of this particular picture book are perfect; it's a genuine pleasure to read aloud, (make the effort to do voices and read with gusto, and it'll quickly find a place in your child's heart).

But unlike other books including even (for example) the excellent Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, Tyrannosaurus Drip is long enough to still engage your child, but long enough to not become annoying if you are being asked to regularly read it, often multiple times in a single sitting.

And this is in fact what happened with our three and a half year old daughter, who has a pretty impressive collection of books, including several others by Julia Donaldson. However, this is the first time she has become 'obessive' over a particular book.

She has now had it for the past week, and none of her other books have had a look in. Usually, even with Oliver Jeffers and other Donaldson books, she likes to read them for a couple of days, and then likes to revert back to a mixture of books and styles. This one, now a week later, is still her top book. She reads along with the excellent text and is still genuinely excited about reading it every night (evening running into our bedroom in the morning asking for a re-read, which is unheard of).

I can't recommend it highly enough, a beautifully designed, pitch perfect, read aloud pleasure for you and your child.
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