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My daughter is now 7 months old and is starting to take an interest in books and stories, especially those which rhyme or that we can do actions or sounds to which always make her giggle. I decided to buy this book on recommendation from Broxi- to whom I owe a debt of thanks as I have to say this is by far the best children's book I have yet to come across and certainly one I can see us loving as a family for some years to come. It is an absolute joy. This book is paperback and about A4 size.We got our copy from Amazon for £4.49. The book tells the tale of various Dinosaur's on their way to a 'Rumpus' and is told in beautiful rhyming text which flows so well when read it almost sounds like a song - it really is such a joy to read. Each double page spread finishes with the same paragraph "Shake. Shake, shudder...near the sludgy old swamp. The dinosaurs are coming. Get ready to romp." This book has so many opportunities to be very interactive- for example making the sounds used, or adding actions to some of the words. This can so easily be adapted according to the age of the child that you are reading to. As my daughter gets older I can see this becoming a very active read! Mind you Daddy does get a little carried away so it is already quite active and noisy! It has absolutely beautiful bright illustrations which are very appealing. As my daughter gets older we can use the illustrations to further interact for example counting games- how many Tricerotops can you see? The text itself is quite large so older children would be able to read, however sometimes the text wraps around, which might make it a little trickier for those still learning to read. The book does say suitable from 2 plus however my daughter already gets so much enjoyment from this so I would certainly say it is appropriate at her age. However as it is not a board book, or hardback she only ever has it read to her and not to play with. This really is the best children's book I have come across, with beautiful illustrations, flowing song-like rhymes, a great story, and so much scope for interaction. The authors have also written other books and we will be buying those next on the strength of this one. This is a book which I think my daughter will enjoy for years to come as I can certainly see it appealing when she is 4 or 5, and will one day be a very fondly remembered story from her childhood. It is an absolute joy for us to read to her- so I'm sure we will also have some very fond memories of this. IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN YOU SIMPLY MUST BUY. This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
My mum bought this for my sister when she was quite young at around a couple of months to read to her and look at and then when she was old enough to start reading, this was one of the first books we gave her to get her interested in reading. It was around £4.50 when she first purchased it, however now it has decreased in price to about £1.50 from what I can see on places like Amazon. It is very good quality for the price that you would pay for it, as the pages have never torn or been damaged for us (aside from an incident with some juice that meant slyly prying the pages apart to stop them from being damaged). It is hardly dog eared, and it was read quite often so it's quite good that it hasn't been damaged as much as other books in the collection. The story is basically about loads of dinosaurs all joining together to have what seems like some kind of party or giant dance. At one point, it seems like a TRex is about to ruin the fun, but he only joins in and then eventually after all this dancing together, all the dinosaurs go to rest..only to begin the next day! Throughout the book, all the paragraphs are rhymed and simple, which is great if you are trying to teach a child about rhyming easily as it's so clear from this book. On most of the pages, the words will be able to be made into actions eg "Stomp" and "jumping up and down" - so if you are reading this aloud to kids, it's pretty easy to make them act along the story as it goes along. The design of the book itself is really well done, as the book isn't overloaded with text and combines itself well with large pictures. The dinosaurs themselves are simply cartoony versions and are quite cute looking and smiley, unlike how dinosaurs are usually depicted. The drawings throughout the book are well illustrated, detailed and bright. These graphics are great at attracting kids attention and then keeping it, as my sister was more interested in this book than the others that she would have read to her. This book was quite well read by my sister, as as she was learning to read she often gravitated more to this book than the others. I suspect this was down to its easy to read content and the fact that it made great use of colours and rhyme. I would really recommend it to anyone looking for a book either to read to their kids or to help them start learning, as it was really well done.
Ages 6 months - 8 years This is a rhyming story with a brilliant rhythm that even the youngest child will pick up on. It starts of with "a quake and a quiver and a rumbling around" and builds up to a proper dinosaur bash. There is a bit of a fright as a fearsome Tyrannosaurus crashes is, but thankfully he only wants to join in the fun and the wild romp continues until finally the exhausted dinosaurs tumble in heap and fall asleep. The simple rhyming text lends itself easily to actions, such as spinning the child about, stomping feet and so on. The combination of rhythmic text, actions and lush illustrations will capture the youngest child's interest. But if that isn't quite enough there are also opportunities for shrieks and roars, and at one point shouted out loud "Dinosaurumpus". The story definately builds excitement as the tempo picks up until the cliamx of the dinosaur dance, then it gently winds back down as they grow tired and fall asleep. Of course we did so much jumping and stomping and twirling about, I was also ready to slump into an exhausted heap by the end of the story. We bought this when my oldest was age 8 months and it was an instant hit. In fact this was the very first book he was completely taken by and it was read at least once every night for over two years. By the time my youngest was 6 months old he loved the book as well, and by 8 months he would shout out the roar at the correct page, and soon he was shouting "Dinosaurumpus" as well. In my title I mentioned this was my favourite ever book for babies and young children. I should mention that we have a massive collection of books and it would not be unusual for me to read 30 or more in one day. It had to beat out a lot of competetion to be a favourite so long in our house. Although never torn, we literally read this book to death. The pages became thin and worn on the edges from constant use, and the bridge a bit damaged from being trailed everywhere by a small child. We ended up getting a second copy. This book is really wonderful, if you have small children it is well worth buying. Update: My sons are now ages 4 and 8 and they still love this book. I can't swing them around for the loops or bounce them up and down for the bumps anymore, but they can run about the house, racing the length of the landing and up and down the stairs for a racing part, stomping their feet as loudly as they can, spinning in circles, jumping up and down and of course plenty of shouting and roaring. Now I read this book to tire them out. This is still my very favourite children's book ever. Baby's love all the bouncing and wiggling if you move them through the motion, and older children love acting it out themselves.