Today we visited the Dinosaur Discovery exhibition at Queensland Museum. This interactive exploration of life on earth 145 million years ago had Team Charming gasping in amazement as they came face to face with life sized animatronic creatures. ‘What did they eat to get so big?’ asked Mr 4. ‘Where did dinosaurs do their poos?’ asked Miss 7. Well, someone had to ask! There’s just something about dinosaurs that kids find fascinating and terrifying in equal measures. Luckily there are some great books around at the moment for kids who love dinosaurs.
I’m A Hungry Dinosaur by Janeen Brian and Ann James
Penguin Australia RRP:$19.99AUD
Following on from I’m A Dirty Dinosaur, our curious dinosaur friend is now hungry – especially for cake! Kids will relate to messy illustrations showing the dinosaur mixing and patting and adding ingredients, and getting more of it on himself that in the pan. These books use rhyme and repetition to great effect, perfect for pre-readers who enjoy some boisterous onomatopoeia with their story time!
I Wanna Be A Great Big Dinosaur by Heath McKenzie
Scholastic Australia RRP:$16.99AUD
Like plenty of kids I know, the little boy in this colourful picture book longs to be a great, big dinosaur! It’s handy, then, when an actual great, big dinosaur hears his wish and comes to give him some advice. Dinosaurs love to stomp, and eat, and roar, his prehistoric companion tells him. But they don’t like reading, or football, or video games. Hmmm…maybe being a dinosaur isn’t quite as much fun as being a little boy? But maybe there’s a way to be both!
Jurassic Farts: A Spotter’s Guide by P U Rippley and Evan Palmer
Scholastic Australia RRP: $16.99
After two sweet, whimsical picture books for the preschoolers, here comes one for the big kids! Perfectly timed with the release of the newest Jurassic Park movie, this is a ‘fascinating facts’ style guide to several actual dinosaurs…and their farts. Complete with push button sound effects, this genuinely interesting book is more highbrow than it appears at first glance. The Orthoceras, for example, was an ancestor of the modern octopus that moved through the ocean using its tentacles and a fart-powered propulsion system. The Tanystropheus, on the other hand, was a large lizard who used farts to stun its prey! The ubiquitous inclusion of farts in kids’ literature these days wears me down sometimes, but this one does seem to offer something quite original. And let’s face it, most primary kids will love it!
Read any other great dinosaur books for kids lately?