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Dinosaur Trouble (Young Puffin Story Books) Paperback – 3 Aug 2006
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Booklist Nosy, a newly hatched pterodactyl, emerges from his shell peppering his mother with questions. From her answers he quickly learns a number of big words about himself: nidifugous, pterodactyl, pulchritudinous, and nomenclature. And that's just in the first four pages. His utter faith in his mother's wisdom falters when he spies a young apatosaurus by the river, whom his mother dismisses as a "second-class creature." (At the same time, the apatosaurus mother calls the pterodactyls "much inferior to us.") Nosy seeks out the dino anyway, and the two eventually unite their families. Together they devise a plan to end the tyrannosaurus rex's reign of terror and have more success than anticipated. Much of the book's humor relies on wordplay and the juxtaposition of the clever mothers next to their dim-witted husbands. Frequent black-and-white cartoon illustrations, both inset and full page, enliven the text and add a light comic tone. C
'A hilarious prehistoric yarn for newly-independent readers from a master of children's animal stories.' (Amazon.com) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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Parts of this went over his head as the characters play with language and long words, but he didn't seem to mind. I would have liked sharing this with him in a few years, when he's ready to ask questions about different words having similiar meanings, but it's an enjoyable and simple story for children of his age despite this.
A baby pterosaur - Nosy - and a baby apatosaurus - Banty, are both raised to feel scorn for the other species. Neither does, however, and on meeting, become good friends. Together and with the help of their reluctant parents, they decide they must rid the Great Plain of the threat that is Hack the Ripper, the local T-rex. The skills of each species will be called in, and teamwork will be vital.
This took us four evenings to read together, a few chapters at a time. There are lots of cliffhanger endings, and enough pictures to keep the concentration of a young reader without making it seem like a picture book.
Nosy and Banty are adorably inquisitive dinosaurs. Their dads are both bordering on the 'lazy dad' stereotype at times, though the mums are much more interesting. I did like the scenes in which mothers and fathers are compared, very funny for adults reading. I also liked their names (Aviatrix, Titanic), and the language play, even if it was out of reach of my son.
Fun little story about some brave young dinosaurs. Kept my son riveted eaech evening.
We must have had the story on every car journey constantly for a 3 week period and they still ask for it so much I think we will have to get out own one!
Highly recommended and it still raises some smiles from the adult listeners too!
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