on 11 May 2005
This is a highly enjoyable children's story. It follows Georgie, Dee and Cat on an adventure to find out how the storm is made. They get out of bed, take a balloon flight to an island where the dinosaurs dance (making the storm) and are allowed to join in before returning home to bed.
It is a good length for a bedtime story, written in simple rhyming couplets with a good rhythm - it is a fun story and great to read aloud. The illustrations are nice and colourful. As another reviewer pointed out, the book is strangely reminiscent of 'Where The Wild Things Are' with dance (like the Royal Rumble) and the sad departure.
My son, 4, loves this book although he is currently so dinosaur obsessed phase that I suspect he would love any book with dinosaurs in it, particularly dinosaurs he can recognise and name: Pterodactyl, Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and Brachiosaurus/Apatosaurus/Diplodocus (I can't tell the difference).
This is one of my daughters favourite books. Virtually every week we have to read this book to her, even though she has collected over 50 books. It tells the story of Georgie and Dee who are afraid of a thunderstorm. Cat tells them not to be afraid and to follow him, where they go in a balloon and float to the clouds where they meet all dinosaurs. At first they are afraid, but cat tells them its OK. The dinosaurs then start to dance, crashing and banging their feet until they all collapse on the floor. Then they go back home in the balloon to bed.
My daughter is not afraid of thunder since we had this book, as she thinks it is the dinosaurs dancing in the sky.
The pictures are clearly drawn and coloured, and the story is told in a lovely rhyme. There is just the right amount of reading and pictures for a bed time story.
Great book, highly recommended.