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Tyrannosaurus Drip [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Julia Donaldson , David Roberts
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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6 July 2007
Whoever heard of a vegetarian T. rex?

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; 3 edition (6 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405090006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405090001
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Donaldson, the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate, is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's most-loved picture books including The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard.

The Gruffalo, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is now a children's classic and publishing phenomenon; celebrating 15 years in 2014, selling over 3 million copies worldwide, was voted Great Britain's favourite bedtime story on BBC Radio 2 and was adapted and broadcast as an animation on BBC 1 on Christmas Day 2009. The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom are now also films, with Room on the Broom shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2014. Julia Donaldson's most recent books with Axel Scheffler include Superworm (2012), Highway Rat (2011), Tabby McTat (2010), Stick Man (2009) and Tiddler (2008).

Julia Donaldson has also published work with David Roberts, Nick Sharratt, Emily Gravett, Rebecca Cobb, and Lydia Monks. Her collaboration with Lydia Monks began in 2003, with the first collection of Princess Mirror-Belle stories. The fabulously glittery Sugarlump and the Unicorn is their sixth, and most recent, picture book collaboration. She also writes poems, plays, songs and fiction for older children and, together with her husband Malcolm, has performed her wonderful stage shows all over the world.

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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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Everyone knows that tyrannosauruses are big and scary, so when a placid duckbill dinosaur's egg ends up in the wrong nest confusion is sure to ensue! When the baby dinosaur hatches out, he's so out of place that his grisly big sisters call him Tyrannosaurus Drip. Poor little Drip: all he wants is a quiet life munching on water weed . . . Another winner from the author of THE GRUFFALO!

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109 of 111 people found the following review helpful
By ELH Browning VINE VOICE
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pre-Hysterical Romp! 22 Oct 2007
By M. J. Jacobs VINE VOICE
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A roaring success 10 Nov 2007
By Net
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 18 Feb 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to any collection 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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker
Good book. The kids always enjoy a good book and Julia Donaldson never fails to entertain then. They loved it as always
Published 7 days ago by mark rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Our son loves dinosaurs and he loves this
Our son loves dinosaurs and he loves this. It would be in our top 5 favorite jula donaldson's books. I would recommend this.
Published 1 month ago by Niamh-Ann Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
this book is ideal. brilliant story. keeps kids attention and happy. my son loves it. its a joy to see the smile on his face
Published 2 months ago by Simon Suthon
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story for budding paeolontologists
Dino fun with great verse. My new reader loves discovering this book. Engaging & entertaining read with exciting finish! Highly recommend to other dino lovers:)
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Mo
5.0 out of 5 stars Little ones under three...
like my grandson love the colours & the illustrations in these books & when we meet up & have the chance to read the bedtime story it's amazing how much they join in whilst you are... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kato
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely present.
Bought for a friend's 5 year old and it went down very well.
Lovely illustrations. I Would recommend this book.
Published 6 months ago by Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great rhymes and illustrations
My six year old daughter loves this story. She looks at the illustrations for ages and always finds something new as they are so detailed.
Published 6 months ago by cristinabooks
3.0 out of 5 stars HMMMMMM....
I bought for a almost 3 year old boy but I think the story is just a bit too serious for a young child and it doesn't really flow like julias other books. Read more
Published 7 months ago by In My oPINiON.....
4.0 out of 5 stars for a 4 year old
different illustrator to other Julia Donaldson book grandson has - but he liked this one THIS WANTS FIVE MORE WORDS
Published 7 months ago by R. J. Croucher
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything but a drip!!!
I gave this book 5* as my 4yr old son loves this book which he borrowed from pre-school. He loves it so much we have brought it. Read more
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