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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much a disaster on every level, 30 Jan 2012
This review is from: Dinosaurs Love Underpants (Paperback)
Although I'm not a scientist, I love science, and I do my best to encourage my daughter to find it interesting. I've always been interested in scientific subjects, and I didn't get much encouragement at home (not to knock my parents, who were and are great and who have a lot of interests, but science isn't one of them).

Nevertheless, I have a problem with this book. I know it's all just a bit of fun, but would it have killed them to tell a funny story that had some sort of basis in some kind of reality? It's not good science and it's not all that funny, either, certainly not compared to the work of genuinely funny and smart writers for kids, like Mo Willems or Ian Falconer or Oliver Jeffers. Julia Donaldson has the sense to tell complete fairy tales and to tell them with wit and virtuosity, and there's a point to fairy tales, in that all kids are scared of monsters and fairy tales are there to help them deal with them in imagination. But this book just muddies everything up, throwing humans in with dinosaurs and then telling a silly and trivial story about underpants that doesn't have any basis even in psychological truth, let alone the evidence. Underpants on their own would have sufficed - look at Nick Sharratt and Giles Andreae's 'Pants', for example, a book I've read out loud loads of times, always with hilarity on the part of the listener. This, on the other hand, is silly, contrived and unconvincing. I guess that the measure of how successful this book is can be seen by the fact that my four-year-old girl has only wanted us to read it to her maybe three or four times since we were given it. If even she doesn't like it, it can't be that great. The sequel is equally bad and doesn't even have this book's relative freshness.
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Initial post: 24 Jul 2012 12:46:35 BDT
What an abolsute grump you are! These books are fantastic and are just stories! Where's the fun in having them be realistic?

Posted on 29 Sep 2012 08:27:40 BDT
Matt Ritchie says:
Talk about taking something way too seriously...this is meant to be a bit of fun for the kiddies not a lesson in evolution. There's plenty of time for Charles Darwin in later life. I suppose we should skip Santa Claus & Halloween as well?

Posted on 12 Nov 2012 16:54:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Nov 2012 12:15:44 GMT
S Elliott says:
Pheww, that's quite a heavy going approach to a book aimed for young children. I don't think the book makes any claim to be 'good' science' and as for being based in reality, what are you suggesting here, someting akin to The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas, super, yes reality is just great aint it?! Plenty of reality waiting for them when they go to school! Maybe you think Oliver Jeffers is good science with light switches on the moon and trips to the arctic in a rowing boat? It's just a bit of silly fun, let your hair down!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2012 09:52:05 GMT
lexo1941 says:
I don't think they're fantastic. I think they're lame, and the point of my review was me trying to figure why I think so.
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