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Harry and the Dinosaurs at the Museum Paperback – 2 Apr 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140569537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140569537
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.3 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Having spent much of his life teaching English and Drama, Ian Whybrow is now a bestselling author. Among his most popular characters are the hugely successful Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs and the much-loved Little Wolf. Ian lives in Harrow, Middlesex. Adrian Reynolds is a hugely talented illustrator who has worked on many picture books, including the wonderful Harry stories and four adventures featuring Pete and Polo. Adrian lives in Cambridge.


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This book is great. Lovely crisp and clear pictures, good story and a natural history/human evolution lesson in disguise.
Mum, Nan and Harry and big sister Sam go to the museum because Sam needs to research the Romans for homework. Harry takes his bucket of dinosaurs (including a new pterodactyl). They see cavemen, mummies and Romans. Then Harry wanders off and finds the dinosaur skeletons: Wow! Harry, the dinosaurs and my children are all wide-eyed. Plus there's a smashing illustration in the museum café of Triceratops playing a caveman, pterodactyl a legionnaire and T Rex a mummy.
My children and I love all the Harry books and this one is everything you'd hope for. I do think that the 'Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs' series is a slightly acquired taste, a taste that's very definitely worth acquiring. I wasn't hooked the first time I picked one up because there is a little low-level misbehaviour such as the brother-sister squabbling. However, the more of the series you read the more you enjoy each one exactly because of this: Harry is so real in a pretty normal family (Mum & Nan - there's no Dad in evidence). My children certainly appreciate this. They love it when Harry squirts the hose at sister Sam in this story, for example, before being sent to 'settle down'. Definitely worth adding to your child's book collection
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Both my sons love Harry and the dinosaurs, and this book is no exception. As always, the story is well written, entertaining and engaging and the illustrations are great. Along with Harry makes a Splash, this is one of my favourite Harry and The Dinosaurs books
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Fantastic seriers of books. They cover all the different experiences children go through, so can prepare children for something they are going to do. Lovely for children 3+. I bought this as a present for a 6 year old and he loved it, so works for a range of ages. 5 stars
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We bought most of Harry and the Dinosaurs books for my son, a few years ago, but now my daughter is so into them and loves them, just a much as my son.
A great read all round, for kids and parents.
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This is a fun book for children aged 3-6. My son is four and thoroughly enjoys the Harry books. He particularly enjoyed this one as he loves visiting the Natural History Museum.

Emily J Grenfell
South Northamptonshire
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This book is the second Harry and the Dinosaurs book we bought after falling in love with Harry and the bucket full of dinosaurs. It's beautifully written from a young boys perspective and we read it every day...
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I read this book with my 4 year old the story was disjointed and unconnected. I felt it was purely a vehicle for the Harry and the Dinosaurs series with little thought or merit. Do the dinosaurs only say Raaah? A very boring book. Glad we only borrowed it I will not be reading it again.
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My son brought this book home from pre-school last week, and we read it for bed that evening. The pictures are alright, and the concept (of the dinosaurs in the bucket) is good, but the behaviour of Harry leaves more than a little to be desired.

His first crime is squirting water at his older sister and soaking her homework. When at the museum he gets bored and acts up, first in the galleries, then the cafeteria. When they return to the galleries he starts messing around, again, and eventually wanders off and gets lost.

He doesn't really receive any discipline for any of these, and the long-suffering elder sister (who's just trying to study) also seems to share in the meagre discipline that does get dealt out. The author could have used the 'lost child' plot device to really ram it home about listening to your parents/paying attention to your surroundings/not acting up, but instead Harry is able to parrot off his name, phone number & address, and everyone is very proud of him.

Aside from the weak storyline and general disregard for any sort of role-model character, there are some appalling phrases in this book. Choice examples include: 'they lit fires and did hunting.' (in reference to cavemen); 'Sam started doing drawing.'; 'it's your turn to do studying. Pay attention, my dinosuars.'

There are more I could nitpick at; to be honest it feels like a translation into English, but the author is English so that makes no sense.

I know this is 'only' a children's book and some people may think I'm being a little harsh, but if children are hearing poorly constructed sentences from a young age they will have difficulty shaking these bad habits in later life. One of the main reasons humans tell stories is to learn. Children's tales should promote 'good' behaviour and chastise/point out the adverse effects of negative behaviour. Try some ancient faerie-tales, the kids love 'em...
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