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Friday, 15 August 2014

Children's Book Review:: The Dinosaur That Pooped the Past

I secretly read The Dinosaur That Pooped the Past (by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter) myself before reading it to the girls... partly to ensure that Lara wasn't going to be repulsed by it, but mainly through fascination.  The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet, and then Christmas has to be something worth reading again and again if a third Dinosaur tale has made it into print so I wanted to know what all the fuss was about.

Even on my own, there were giggles.  How can you not giggle at the line "The Romans and Trojans were covered in poop; They all got a taste of Gran's broccoli soup"?  Having read the book, I knew Lara would LOVE it and that if her Nanny Button ever comes to stay then I think we'll keep this book out of sight... Dino poop on this scale really isn't her thing.

Danny and his pet Dinosaur are whizzed back into the past on a magic swing and despite the efforts of three very cute dinosaurs (Dinos A, B and C) they find themselves stuck in the past in the path of a volcano.  Thankfully Danny's Dinosaur has a cunning plan and, fueled by Gran's broccoli dinner Danny and his dino friends are pooped forwards through history just in the nick of time.

The Dinosaur That Pooped the past is ideal for little boys; not that I don't think Lara loves it (she squealed as the poo references and the word "smelly") just that I can imagine a room full of 5 and 6 year old boys thinking that the combination of dinosaurs, stinky veg and super time-travel poo is unbeatable.  I can just picture the hilarity.

The story is a rhyming picture book - the rhyme felt very comfortable (who knew you could rhyme so many things with poop?) and because the little Dinosaurs were named A, B and C it reminded me a little of Dr. Seuss and his cats in hats.

The references to history were somewhat of an afterthought, I felt.  I think that the dinosaur and pre-jurassic theme probably would have been enough without the need for the fleeting references to Greeks, Romans and Egyptians which were a little lost on Lara (although I guess they may have had more interest for slightly older school children).  Lara would have been quite happy simply with a story about a poopy dinosaur!

The Dinosaur that Pooped the Past is guaranteed to make your child snigger and, in all likelihood, roll around on the floor laughing at how silly it is!

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