Harry and the Dinosaurs at the Museum Paperback – 2 Apr 2009
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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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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
A great read all round, for kids and parents.
Emily J Grenfell
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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A lovely book that my grandson Harry is going to love. A really engaging story for little ones to keep entertained and for older ones to read.Published 4 months ago by Wen-Marie Glew
Fab book for dinosaur project - kids love dinosaur stories and so do adults :) !!Published 10 months ago by MISS S MOORE