Dinosaur Doo Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012
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Meet all the best-loved dinosaurs as they plip and plop through this colourful book. A perfect book for young children who love dinosaurs, poo and inventing things!
About the Author
Andrew Weale is a writer, trainer and actor based in London. After studying Classics at Oxford University he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Andrew has now written five books for children. He has also gone back to university, this time as a lecturer for an MA course on picture books.
Joelle Dreidemy has illustrated books by renowned authors such as Anne Fine and Vivian French. She has also illustrated greeting cards for Waterstone's. She is an award-winning illustrator who has received rave reviews for her work.
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|Length: 1:45 Mins|
The story is written with rhyming sentences that are so often used in books for this age range. In a nutshell, the short tale is about a tribe of young cavemen children who find themselves in the company of quite a number of dinosaurs up on their hill. And with dinosaurs invariably comes dinosaur poo. And mountains of it! It's not long before they're literally up to their ears in the poo, but luckily our hero 'Spark' invents a huge dinosaur loo for the dinos to use. And then everyone's happy...until the dinosaur birds arrive!
So as you can see from the story overview, it's pretty much a poo-orientated tale. And, as all those who have young kids of this age know, for some reason they always seem to be fascinated by poo. It's just par of the course for kids of this age for some unknown reason.
We got the book for our three-and-a-half year old boy. And he loves it. The rhyming story bounces along, the brightly coloured illustrations on each page keep his attention, and the story itself has him laughing each time we read it to him.
It's also nice to have some different dinosaur names included in the book, which the parents will undoubtedly have to learn how to pronounce (although they're all pretty easy). Sadly, our son's favourite dinosaur (the tyrannosaurus) doesn't make an appearance in the book. Although it's nice to see some different dinosaurs used (such as the iguanodon), it's nevertheless a bit of a shame that the dino that's usually most kids favourite (and not just ours) is not included.
However, all in all our son loves the book, which makes it a success in our eyes.
The story runs for a total of 24 pages.
But like it they do. Personally the illustrations aren't my favourite but it's easy to read in rhyme. Full of dinosaurs with their real names (all on the inside cover for reference), and lots of poo. Lots and lots.
So much that the cavemen have to do something about it. What can Spark invent to solve their problem?
My son loved seeing the dinosaurs sitting on the toilet, seeing the different sorts of poo (though that is done to much better effect in 'The Story of the Little Mole who knew it was None of his Business').
Silly. But well liked.
Lovely pictures, super humour and very readable. Not for everyone but toilet humour works well here.
Lovely book for the bookshelf and to bring out for a little cheer at bedtime.
The title does actually explain the book and unless you are somewhat po faced (a poor pun!) this is likely to appear fairly high on Santa's wish list.
More commendably, from an educational point of view, a double-page spread at either end of the book provide a simple pronunciation guide to several popular types of dinosaur, including brachiosaurus (BRAK-ee-oh-sore-us) and triceratops (tri-SERRA-tops). The story also explains the basics of how toilets and sewerage systems work, as the process is invented here by a pioneering cave-boy called Spark, not forgetting the importance of washing your hands after using the loo. I can't help thinking, though, that some of that herbivore manure could have been put to use as fertiliser - but that's just me being scientific and factual!
The world created by author Andrew Weale (winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2013) and illustrator Joelle Dreidemy (who deserves a lot of the credit for bringing this tale to life) is clearly inspired by "The Flinstones", in terms of its prehistoric setting, Spark's inventions (which include stone appliances and wood-and-bone wheeled vehicles) and even the zigzag hemlines of the cave-people's garments. Hmmm... perhaps this book is actually a prequel to "The Flinstones", with Spark's innovations paving the way toward the society seen in the animated show... but there I go again, taking it all far too seriously!
Yabba dabba doo indeed - this book is great fun. Job done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My four year old asks for this time and time again. A bedtime favourite.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a fun read for the children, with the topic being dinosaurs and toilet humour, it would be a popular book for little boys! Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2014 by Ross Boardman
I got this book for my nephew (who is 4) as he loves dinosaurs and anything poo related (on to a winner here, I thought!). Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2014 by Boof
Kids tend to love dinosaurs.
Kids tend to love grown ups talking about poo.
Kids tend to love books written in upbeat verse. Read more
Who'd of thought a book on Dino poo would be so adorable. It's a firm favourite among the young readers in my family and the giggles still come through after each rhyme! Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2014 by K. D. Squire
My little boy adores this book! Mainly I think as it contains lots of toilet humour!
The illustrations are captivating, bright and entertaining. Read more
Personally i found this book to be hilarious as did my 4 year old nephew but to be fair anything to do with dinosaurs and poop was going to amuse us both! Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2014 by Sarah
Absolutely loved this book for my 3year old. It is all about how different dinosaurs have different types of poo and the pictures match the discription! Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2013 by Ms. C. M. Winton