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My sons are aged 4 and 6, and at that age where things that are about bodily functions or remind them of the body are highly hilarious. We have copies of Aliens Love Underpants, and the Christmas version of this book, so when we saw Dinosaurs love Underpants at the library, then it had to come home with us. Dinosaurs are our current obsession, having attended Walking With Dinosaurs a few weeks ago, so a lot of our loans fit into that theme.
The cover to this looks highly comical. There is a dinosaur wearing underpants being ridden by a cavemen waving another pair of underpants on a stick like a flag. This kind of sets the tone of the story really, and it is not disappointing.
The story challenges your perceptions of why dinosaurs were wiped out. No, it wasn't when a meteor crashed into Earth throwing dust in the air and blocking out light, removing all food for the dinosaurs. Instead, it happened when the first cavemen invented underpants. The dinosaurs all wanted in on this, fighting amongst themselves to get the best pair.
Written in rhyme like the original version, it's impressive how many dinosaur names the author manages to get into the text. The rhyme needs to be read at a bit of a pace to get the rhythm quite right, and it can be quite tricky as an adult to get the pronunciation of words like Diplodocus and Styracosaurus right first time to get there. As an early reader, my 6 year old finds it impossible, so it is preferable to my children if this one is read by me. The humour is much easier to appreciate this way as I can vary my pitch and tone while reading to help them follow the story.
The author, Claire Freedman, really reminds me of Julia Donaldson's style as she manages to make the words rhyme so well it seems almost as if there is no effort there for the reader, but I imagine it is very tricky to get it just so when writing it. "The pants from Wooly Mammoth coats made Stegosaurus itchy. Diplodocus was really cross. His pants were far too titchy."
The story is told over 12 double page spreads with just 4 lines of text on each page. The example given above is from one page. The illustrations take up the majority of the page, and they are very colourful and humorous, giving a good idea of what the dinosaurs looked like and how they fought between themselves.
My son liked best the last double page. He suggested to me that the story comes from the young male character. The last double page shows a young boy in his bedroom getting dressed, wearing a pair of pants with a picture of a dinosaur on them. Around the room are various items that are similar to the things seen in the story, such as his pet cat (sabre tooth tiger), a toy dinosaur and caveman. My son gets the idea the story is a fictional one made up by the boy using his toy. This shows me he is being thoughtful of what happens in the story, and coming up with a reason why it is not the scientific version of events that he knows because I told him it.
The story is a fun twist on the original version of Aliens Love Underpants. There is a lot of humour within the text and images, and it has great appeal with my children. Anything that makes reading fun is good in my book, and I think this one is 5* from us.
My daughter brings a book home from school every week and over the half term we have been reading this book literally everyday!
The book is written by Claire Freedman who seems to write alot of books about underpants and illustrated by Ben Cort, the RRP is £5.99 however you can pick it up for £3 from Amazon at the moment.
The front cover of the book shows a big blue dinosaur wearing a big pair of underpants and been ridden by a caveman, the caveman and the dinosaur both look friendly and happy. The background of the cover is a bit of green grass at the bottom with a red sky and the name of the book is written across the top in blue holographic text which makes it sparkle in the light.
The story is about how dinosaurs became extinct due to underpants! The caveman invented underpants to stop them being so rude and replace the leaves they were using to protect their modesty, the Tyrannosaurus saw the underpants and wanted to take them from the cavemen. Obviously the underpants wouldn't fit on the dinosaurs and they all end up trying different ways to wear the underpants before ending up fighting each other having an underpants tug-o-war and making dinosaurs extinct. The cavemen were excited to find that their biggest enemy was now extinct and the book ends by saying "so when you put your pants on, always treat them with great care, pants and knickers saved mankind they're not just underwear."
The wording of the book is like the above and written in rhyme throughout the book, there are about four lines on each page so the book is pretty short and good for a quick bedtime story. The book flows nicely and before you realise it you have read the whole thing, my daughter found the dinosaurs fighting with the underwear very funny and asked me how a dinosaur with four legs could wear pants.
The pictures in the book are brightly coloured and although the dinosaurs are supposed to be scary they look quite cute to me even when they are chasing the cavemen for their underpants. The first and last page of the book show lots of different shaped and coloured underpants and my daughter likes to sit and pick out her favourite pairs.
This is a great book which is why we have been reading it everyday, the pictures are great, the text is fantastic and the book on a whole is very funny. My daughter loves listening to the book and I enjoyed reading it.
It is a universal truth that all children love dinosaurs. And pants. Boys, in particular are great fans of the two topics. And, well, what's not to love? Dinosaurs are totally fascinating and pants are utterly hilarious. Any book, therefore, which combines the two is bound to be on to a winner. And so it is with 'Dinosaurs Love Underpants'.
One of the little boys I work with is an extremely reluctant reader, although he enjoys being read to. Because his reading age is so far below his chronological age he is working on a reading scheme which is, to be brutally honest, really quite dull and a bit babyish. At 9, he doesn't like the namby-pamby story lines and twee characters but the books are working and his core vocabulary and decoding skills are improving. So, whilst he has to keep reading this scheme I do like to offer him books that are a little bit more exciting just to make sure he doesn't get completely turned off the concept of reading. This was one he chose from the school library to be read with me at the end of a lesson and I've been re-reading it with him and others ever since. I can totally see why he was drawn to this book as the cover is immensely appealing: a deep red background with a picture of a pants-wearing dinosaur bounding across a hill with a caveman on his back and a sabre-toothed kitty sprinting in front of him.
There are no 'named' individual characters as such, as this is more of a concept driven story. There are plenty of suitably scruffy cavemen and fearsome looking dinos, though.
This is really a story for sharing as there are a lot of complex dinosaur names and a rhyme structure that would be tricky for little 'uns to grapple with. However, if given a bit of help with the more difficult words, I'd expect a competent 7-8 year old to be able to manage this reasonably well. If using it as a shared text, I generally wouldn't go any younger than 6-7, but you may find that younger children with a particular interest in dinosaurs (or pants) will enjoy it.
There you were, blithely labouring under the delusion that the most likely reason for the extinction of the dinosaurs was a meteor or asteroid colliding with the earth and causing a climate change which proved to be utterly catastrophic for the species. Well, you were wrong. Obviously, the cause for the demise of these beasties was a ginormous scrap over pants. Having seen the cavemen in their snazzy underpants the prehistoric giants decided they wanted a piece of the action. Never ones to share nicely, a fight was almost inevitable. And, after an overnight punch up they had managed to wipe themselves out leaving the cavemen and sabre-toothed kitty free to go about their business.
There is, as most parents and teachers know, a recognised problem with boys and reading. In Belfast, there is the added complication that Protestant working class boys are showing an alarming decline in their literacy levels. As this is one of the sectors in which I work I am always keen to find books that will pique boys' interest. To an extent, the quality of the book almost doesn't matter as long as the boys are engaged with it. As one of my lecturers once said, 'it doesn't matter *what* they read; it matters *that* they read' As long as you can get that early enthusiasm fired up, you can always focus their attention on more worthwhile literature later on once a solid foundation has been established. That said, this book manages to combine quality with appeal, so it's a winner all round.
The rhyme scheme is solid with the second and fourth lines of each stanza rhyming. This gives a nice flow to the text and enables children to make predictions about what the final word in the last line will be. Although there is a lot of tricky vocabulary there are also plenty of high frequency words, which, whilst they are not repeated frequently enough to encourage new learning, are useful for consolidating knowledge.
Educationally, there is a fair bit of artistic licence taken with this book. My knowledge of all things paleontological isn't what it should be, but even I know that dinosaurs and people did not co-exist, and in fact there was a gap of several years between them (and by 'several', I mean 'over 60 million'. Although to evangelical Christians this translates to 'a month and a half') This isn't a massive problem, though, unless you're doing dinosaurs as a serious topic in which case it should be straightforward enough to explain that the two didn't really live alongside each other; the author just thought it would be funny to imagine that they did. Children readily accept that facts can be played with for the sake of a good story. In fact, it can actually be a nice little written exercise to have the children work in groups and decide what is true and false about the book. Because of the number of dinosaur names and rhyming words like 'mystery' and 'history' this is a useful text for exploring syllabification with the children. I usually get them to clap each syllable or play it with musical instruments. I've also had some really good art lessons based around this book - from designing a pair of pants suitable for a T-Rex to using thick acrylic paint to recreate some of the pictures.
On which point, the pictures in this book are utterly glorious with rich and vibrant hues and a lot of primary colours.. The characters' faces are expressive and amusing and the picture of the caveman in flowery pink pants never fails to make the children chortle.
Again, this book has my usual bugbear of using the 'wrong' font but it doesn't bother me too much as this is not a book designed to be read independently and the rather quirky typeface actually suits the overall tone.
At £5.99 for the paperback I think this is a fantastic buy and an absolute must-have for anyone with a small boy in the house.
My son received the book dinosaur's love underpants as part of his fourth birthday present from his Aunt and Uncle. The book is quite a large paperback and is written by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. The book was first published by Simon and Schuster in 2008 and has a recommended retail price on the back of the book of £5.99 however as we all know books can always be picked up for cheaper and you can get this one from amazon for £3.71 which includes free super saver delivery.
The book dinosaurs love underpants takes us back to the times when cavemen and dinosaurs ruled the planet. The cavemen were feeling quite rude being in the nude but one day someone came up with the idea of them covering up with underpants made from various things. When the Tyrannosaurus Rex sees the underpants on the cavemen he is very jealous and he tells them that he won't eat them-he just wants their underpants! When the other dinosaurs see the T Rex in underpants they all want some too. Now as the cavemen just don't have enough underpants to go around the dinosaurs begin to fight amongst themselves until the Mighty Pants War wipes them all out and the dinosaurs were no more!
This story is very funny as the whole idea of cavemen and a dinosaur fighting over underpants is just so crazy and silly that it makes even me giggle. This is why my son thinks it is so funny and I am sure that many other children would feel the same as there is always some humour for children in underwear!
The story is written using some rhyming words on lines two and four of each four lined paragraph. There is just one small paragraph per double paged spread and so this and the rhyming nature of the text make it simple and enjoyable to read. My son is just turned six and although he is an advanced reader for his age he can read this story easily. I still read the book to him sometimes at bedtime too so I would say that this book is suitable for children aged from around three to six years old.
As I mentioned earlier the book is quite a large paperback yet there isn't a lot of text per double page spread and so this leaves a lot of space for the illustrations. The illustrations cover the pages from top to bottom and they are really colourful and nice to look at. They are drawn in a cartoon style which means that the dinosaurs don't look too scary-in fact the cavemen and dinosaurs with leopard print underpants on just looks really funny to be honest! There must be some humour in underpants as you get older too because I am just as amused as my son is by the sight of the large dinosaurs in frilly pink or polka dot pants!
This book is a lovely one to share with your child as it is fun and it will no doubt make your child, and perhaps even yourself, smile and that has got to be a good thing! Recommended by both my son and I.
Thank you for reading my review!
Why this book
This is a book we picked up at our local library for my son. He choose this book himself to take out and the reason for this I am sure is the brightly coloured dinosaurs on the front cover.
About the Author
Claire Freedman has written several children's books possibly the most well know of these is Aliens love Underpants. She lives in Essex and is continuing to write books. Ben Cort is the illustrator for this book as he was on the previous book in the series Aliens Love Underpants
About the book
This book is designed to tell the tale of why dinosaurs were all wiped out from history. It is told in jokey rhyming verse with bright illustrations across the page. The story starts with man feeling embarrassed in the nude so inverted underpants to stop him looking rude. The dinosaurs become very envious of these underpants and steal them to wear on every horn. There then ends up being a great pants war between all the dinosaurs as they fight over these underpants till the dinosaurs are no more. The end message of the book is for children to remember that pants and knickers saved mankind there not just underwear.
My son loves this book and I think part of the appeal of this book for him is the dinosaurs as he really wasn't that interested in the Aliens love underpants book. The story really follows the premises that children love imaginary animals and creatures doing funny things. My son especially giggles at the -
"Triceratops was happy, wearing pants on every horn,
Till Styracosaurus snatched them, and they ended up all torn" page as these bright green and blue animals fight over some underpants. As he has being going through the potty training phase recently and moved to underpants himself he seems to really like the idea of these items being so great that people and animals would fight over them.
The illustrations I think really make this book as the animals don't really look like the scary dinosaurs from Jurassic park say but more like ones that would be found in a child's toy box. This just makes the antics of the pants war seem something comical rather than scary which is just what you need for a bedtime book in my opinion. The end where the dinosaurs are all wiped out after the pants war equally doesn't look scary or blood ridden they merely look asleep which is what my son thinks they are doing as the concept of death and extinction are beyond his 2 and a half concept really. All he does when we gets to these pages are to say shush as they are asleep and I am not going to tell him otherwise yet!
The rhyming verse is wonderful with lots of following prose, I have to admit at times I have to pause in the story reading to make sure I am pronouncing the dinosaur names correctly and I always trip up on Styracosaurus but I am getting better. I think as my son's dinosaur obsession continues I will have to improve on my dinosaurs names before he starts to correct me.
If you are paleontologist like Ross from friends or a history stickler be warned I am not sure this is the most historically accurate book with primitive man existing alongside dinosaurs fighting over leopard skin and woolly mammoth pants.
Overall and recommendation
The story overall is great fun and an enjoyable read for any toddler and pre school child I think it make a great present for any dinosaur fan in this age bracket. A definite bedtime story must in our household.
Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's (7 Jan 2010)
Currently on sale on Amazon for £3.99 or available from Amazon Marketplace used from £1.25
My son picked this out at Marks and Spencers a few weeks ago and it is by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. It cost £5 but we got on offer of BOGOF.
The story is about when dinosaurs were still on the earth and they had a fascination with the cavemen wearing their underpants. This ultimately lead to the real reason of how they were wiped out.
There are 24 pages of the actual story although there are extra pages in the book which show lots of pairs of underpants! Every page that has text on it has an illustration on that page and also the page opposite.
The illustrations are great, very bright and colourful and they are also quite amusing. My son loved the pictures and laughed out loud when he saw the T Rex wearing a furry pair of pants! Each picture has lots of detail in it.
The text is excellent, a nice size for the child to follow along. The text rhymes on every other line and the story is easy for a child to follow.
There are lots of exclamation marks in the text and this makes it very easy to get caught up in the story- I actually found myself being very dramatic when telling it!
The text is also very funny, although I suppose any story that is about pants is going to make a young child chuckle!
I would recommend this story to anyone who has children- mine love it, it never fails to raise a smile and it was a great buy.
Dinosaurs Love Underpants is the beautifully written and illustrated follow-up to the award winning story, Aliens Love Underpants.
The book is written by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, and published by Simon and Schuster (2008).
If you enjoyed Aliens Love Underpants, you will adore this imaginative tale that tells us the real reason why dinosaurs became extinct (I won't spoil the ending by revealing the shocking truth!!!).
The book is bursting with colour; every page is completely filled with a brightly coloured scene that perfectly follows the story, so perfectly in fact, that my son can recount the entire story simply by looking at the pictures.
The story is told over twelve pages (twelve full page spreads, so twenty four pages in total) with a four line stanza on each page, in discrete black text that doesn't overpower the images. The story doesn't always rhyme, although always flows well and is a joy to read.
I'll give you a taster so you can get a feel for the story:
Dinosaurs were all wiped out,
A long way back in history,
No one quite knows how or why,
Now this book solves the mystery...
It all began when cavemen,
Felt embarrassed in the nude,
So someone dreamt up underpants,
To stop them looking rude.
As you can see, it is a snappy, witty story that is written in a style that is ideal for children. I would say that it is suitable for any child from the age of three (possibly even younger, depending on the child) to around seven years of age.
I bought this book around two years ago, when my son was four, he is now almost six and adores it just as much now as he did then. He now attempts to read it himself, the words in this book tend to be 'read how they're said' which makes them a lot easier for him to decipher!
I would highly recommend this book, as it is fun, bright, and enjoyable to read. It also grows with your child, so will be enjoyed for a lot longer than most young children's books.
The book retails at £5.99 and is available from most bookstores, although you can probably buy it cheaper than this from somewhere such as Amazon or eBay.
This is a lovely colourful book with fantastic illustrations.
It has lots of pictures so it's suitable to read to a younger child. My children found it very funny and couldn't stop giggling about the dinosaurs fighting over the pants.
This is a great book to read alound due to the rhyming words. My youngest boy who's two has learnt the words 'pants and 'dinosaur' from the book.
Even though the book is aimed at younger children it kept all my kids attention even my oldest two, who are 7 and 10, have read it quite alot.
It is a great book to read aloud with your child as some of the names of the dinosaurs are quite long and hard for a younger child to read. Although it gives you a chance to spend some quality time reading a funny and entertaining book to your child. There is also the fact that it does teach young children the real names of different dinosaurs.
A bright, funny rhyming book which is great value for money!
Dinosaurs in underpants by Claire freeman Is a follow on form the award winning Aliens wear underpants. This is a book I had heard many positive things about.
The other day I reviewed Aliens that love underpants save the world. My son picked this out at the library with another of the sequels to the first book which I was quite disappointed in. My son was initially more interesting in the Aliens who wear underpants save the world but not been gripped he then moved onto dinosaurs wear underpants.
We had this book for a couple of weeks before he showed any interest but once I read it he thoroughly enjoyed it.
The cover is of a blue dinosaur wearing underpants with a caveman on his back who is running with a sabre tooth tiger who is also wearing pants. The cover is a good representation of the illustrations inside the book. The book is illustrated by Ben cort.
The book has a couple of pages of images of pants which my son spotted a Halloween pair and all the way through the book wanted to know where the pumpkin pants were which were nowhere in the book.
The Story starts by telling us there are no dinosaurs and this is a tale of how they became extinct. The tale begins that cavemen learned to make underpants as they were embarrassed been naked. This is a concept my son would not understand as he isn't the greatest fan of clothes. It talks about how the Dinosaurs them.
What I loved about this book is how they do use real dinosaurs and name them. My son who is three years old next year is at the age when he wants to know the name of every dinosaur which we are currently learning together as I have no idea the names of any of them. He was actually able to recognise a picture of triceratops and name him as this is his favourite dinosaur from Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs. He is very taken with T- Rex in this book who struggles to fit in any due to his huge size.
The story continues that the cavemen had a meeting as they didn't have enough pants but the dinosaurs actually just continued to fight with each other over their pants and then the following morning the dinosaurs are wiped out. It then gives a bizarre moral at the end to treat pants with care as they saved man.
The book we had also had an audio CD which is read by Rick Mayall. This is the first audio book my son has listened to so was unsure how he would respond as he tends to interrupt me to ask questions but he sat saliently listening intently. Rick Mayall has a wonderful voice with his range of accents lends itself amazingly to this book. The CD has background music mostly of dinosaur noises that also help create the atmosphere. Once Finished my son responded with" again, again" It does after one read get read again but this time with dinosaur roars to help the child read along which my son didn't really understand however as it was his first audio book I still think it was helpful so that he can learn to follow the story on his own.
This book for me is a great book although not a factual story it still does have an educational basis and something useful my son can learn from this book. It is rather silly and much more amusing to my son than the previous book. I found the words flowed really well and was a relatively short book to read. The illustrations are bright bold but realistic. I am not sure what more I could ask for in a book for a young preschool boy.
Highly recommended by both my son and I for any pre school boy who likes Dinosaurs as I can't see this book failing to impress.
This book is available in hardback, Paperback and book with CD. I would recommend the book and CD which is currently £4.81 on Amazon where the hardback book is £3.59 and both are eligible for Free super saver delivery.
Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freeman as got to be one of the best childrens books for younger children out there. Illustrated by Ben Cort this large paperback book is very funny, with brightly coloured pictures it is very well written.
Dinosaurs love underpants is the tale of how dinosaurs were wiped out due to there love of underpants. It tells the story of when cavemen invented underpants and dinosaurs loved them so much it caused a big dinosaur war that ended in the extinction of dinosaurs.
It is a rhyming book that is very easy to read and the words flow nicely, and it is just the right length, my 2 year old sometimes gets bored of books before the end but it is never the case when we read this one together.
It is also very amusing for both the child and the adult, I still find myself laughing at the silliness of it. I would recommend it to anyone with children between 2 and 7, I think you will enjoy it just as much as they do.
When bed time comes around there are some books you would rather read to your children than others, some your child loves and you read through gritted teeth, and some you both adore - Dinosaurs Love Underpants cannot fail but be in the latter category.
This book is the follow up from the award winning "Aliens Love Underpants", where we learnt that missing pants have been spirited away by Aliens. In this book we discover that the reasons for the demise of the dinosaurs was their love of underpants. The humour of this book is bound to appeal to preschoolers and won't disappoint fans of the first book by Claire Freedman and Ben Court.
The rhyming prose of the story ensures that it jogs along quite nicely, with lines like "It all began when cavemen, felt embarrassed in the nude, so someone dreamt up underpants, to stop them looking rude." The illustrations of pant obsessed dinosaurs (you really just have to go with this idea, honest), are colourful and beautifully drawn. I think we can excuse the book for the anachronism of dinosaurs stealing cavemen's pants, I am sure my five year old can learn later that men and dinosaurs never actually met - meanwhile we can both enjoy the silliness of the story. The dinosaurs go mad for pants and end up wiping each other out in a pant fight.
At 12 pages of text on double highly illustrated pages this book is just right for bed time. We have read it time and time again and probably know it off by heart, it is that kind of book.
Dinosaurs Love Underpants has a RRP of £5.99 but is currently available at Amazon for £3.35 in paperback form, which is an excellent price. If you loved the first book you will be bound to enjoy this, and even if you didn't read the first book this is sure to enthrall and amuse in equal measure.
Highly recommended, if historically a little inaccurate - I am pretty sure Tyrannosaurus Rex didn't meet his end in a fight over pants, but imagining that he and his friends were wiped out by pants certainly makes for a fantastic story.
Dinosaurs love Underpants is a great fun book which I picked up for my boys. My eldest has informed me that he already knows the story as it has been the bed time story on cbeebies several times, so many will probably know the story already.
The cover of the book is red and has a picture of a dinosaur wearing a pair of pants and a caveman riding on his back. The Title is at the top in blue lettering. The back cover of the book is white and has a small picture showing another dinosaur flying wearing pants as well. There is also a small paragraph about the book as well.
The story starts by telling us that dinosaurs were wiped out way back in history and no one quite knows why or how but this book now solves the mystery. We are then taken back to the beginning when cavemen felt embarrassed walking around in the nude so someone dreamt up underpants. We are then shown the dinosaurs who spend all their time roaming around showing big scary teeth and the Tyrannosaurus rex is the scariest. When T-rex saw the caveman in their underpants he started to chase him and then roared that he did not want to eat him up he wanted his underpants.
The other dinosaurs soon started pinching the underpants as well and some would even wear them on their horns! Soon the cavemen found they did not have enough underpants to o around as the dinosaurs had stole most of them. Soon there were underpants flying around everywhere as the dinosaurs were fighting over them. Would the cavemen finally get their underpants back and would the mystery of the dinosaurs being wiped out finally be solved?
My boys love this book and find it very funny. The was it has been written is very cleaver and if you read it carefully you find that it does rhyme. The book is accompanied with lovely big bright pictures which help to tell the story and encourage my boys to use their imagination as they show the funny way the dinosaurs are wearing the underpants. I have found that they also help to keep my 3 year old interested in the book as well.
The book is only short and can be read in about 5 minutes but you can make the book last longer if you ask questions about what can be seen in the pictures. The writing is a very good size and so my 6 year old finds reading this book independently very easy.
This book is the follow on book to Aliens love underpants, we have not read this one but after my boys enjoyed this one so much I will definitely be looking out for it. This book has also won the Richard and Judy's Children' book award.
The book was written by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort and was published by Simon and Schuster. The retail price for the book is £5.99 but I picked up our copy for £4 in Tesco.
This is definitely a fun book for children of all ages to read.