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My children have loved books from a very young age. We started reading to them when they were tiny babies and reading together / bedtime stories have been an important part of their lives ever since. Favourite books in our house tend to come and go - there are some that are consistent favourites (most of the Julia Donaldson stories for example), some which have a brief period of popularity and then are consigned to the depths of the over-flowing bookcase and some which have only been read a handful of times. "Stomp Chomp Big Roars, Here Come the Dinosaurs" is one of those books which we've had for a long time but has maintained its status as a favourite. We originally bought this book when my son (now six) was two and just getting into dinosaurs. My three year old daughter has also developed an interest in dinosaurs in the past few months, and this is now one of her favourites. I wouldn't like to guess at how many times we've read this book over the last four years but, let's just say, I know most of the rhymes without having to actually look at the words. Handy when you're on a car journey and your children want you to 'read it' from the front seat while they look at the pictures!
* About the Book *
"Stomp Chomp Big Roars, Here Come the Dinosaurs" is written by Kaye Umansky and illustrated by Nick Sharratt. It is a collection of poems for young children which are all about dinosaurs and what they like to do. The rhythm of the text is perfect for reading alone and the simple structure of the rhymes encourage children to join in. There are a mixture of styles in the book - loud, stompy type rhymes such as the title poem "Stomp Chomp Big Roars" which involves a lot of loud stomping of feet, chomping and roaring; humourous poems such as "Roly Poly" where the dinosaur rolls down a hill and crashes into a tree; and quieter, more reflective poems like "Just Sitting" where the dinosaur is sitting on a hill-top looking out over the world. While the poems themselves are lots of fun, it is the illustrations that really make this book such a popular one in our house. Nick Sharratt's style is instantly recognisable to all fans of books for young children with the trademark bright colours and deceptively simple style, and this works perfectly with the theme of dinosaurs. The dinosaurs are pink, red, blue, green, orange, purple, spotty, stripy - pretty much every colour you can imagine them to be - and as nobody actually knows what colour dinosaurs really were, this appeals to a child's imagination.
*Our Experiences *
As I've said previously, this is a book which has maintained its popularity in our house and has been loved by my very energetic, dinosaur-obsessed little boy and my very girlie daughter. It is fantastic for reading aloud as the rhythm of the words makes it easy for the children to join in with you - my two both have a fondness for stomping round the room and roaring at the tops of their voices when we read this (sorry neighbours!). My six year old can now read this independently - which means I can occasionally get him to read it to his little sister which she loves, so I'd suggest it is also a good book for young readers who are just starting to gain a bit of confidence. There is a lot of rhyme and repetition, the language is relatively simple and the poems themselves are short - perfect for encouraging Reception / Year One children, especially boys, to read.
* Price and Purchasing *
This is a book which is widely available both in 'real' bookshops and online. The current Amazon price for the paperback edition is £5.24. Given how much it has been read in our house, I'd say that was good value for money.
* Final Thoughts *
This is a book which I would highly recommend for children from two years upwards. Younger children would probably also enjoy it due to the brightly coloured pictures and the 'excitement' of the stomping and roaring, but for the young pre-school age group this is pretty much guaranteed to become a favourite. It is brilliant for reading aloud - both to an individual child and a group of children. It encourages interaction, joining in, recognition of patterns and early reading. Most of all though, it is a lot of fun which is a really important part of encouraging children to love books.
As my youngest daughter is three, she was recently eligible to receive a treasure chest of books through the government's wonderful Bookstart scheme. This scheme ensures that at various stages in a young child's life, they will receive good quality books which will hopefully start to foster a love of books and reading. The books are always bright and colourful and written by good quality authors. This is the case with 'Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here Come the Dinosaurs' written by Kaye Umansky and illustrated by Nick Sharratt.
The book takes the form of a series of comical poems which seem to follow through what dinosaurs might do in a typical day! These activities include splashing in a swamp, making friends, eating lunch, playing Roly Poly or hide and seek, resting and eventually getting ready to go to sleep.
All the poems are short and to the point and each has its own page accompanied by bright vibrant illustrations which will be very appealing to young children. The poems all rhyme, which is very useful in helping young children develop their phonological awareness skills by starting to recognise rhyming patterns. My daughter also likes me to stop reading before the end of each line so that she can very cleverly supply the rhyme for me.
Because the poems are all very short, they soon become very familiar which meant that before long my daughter was very confidently joining in with our reading. She loves doing this and it makes her feel very proud of herself too.
Each day we seem to have a different favourite. Sometimes Natalie likes to read about Dinosaur food and at other times it's the dinosaurs going roly poly down the hill that she loves! Another favourite is 'Be a Mouse'which compares a mouse with a dinosaur. This gives her the opportunity to either whisper ever so quietly or to shout ever so loudly!
My favourite is the poem at the end of the book where the dinosaurs are winding down just like my girls at the end of a busy day! I like to read this one very gently and peacefully just before saying goodnight!
Can you see them sleeping?
Can you hear their snores?
See you in the morning.
This is an easy and enjoyable book to share with children. The content and the languge are very accessible to them and the illustrations are excellent. Nick Sharratt has a very distinctive style using bright colours and bold outlines. The dinosaurs are also a wild assortment of bright colours and funny expressions on their faces which we love! My daughter will happily turn the pages taking in all the different pictures for ages at a time!
Overall this is a really fun book for young children and both me and Natalie really recommend it to add to the book collection.
As I said our copy was free through Bookstart but it can be bought through Amazon for £4.49. Tht's the paperback version with 32 large pages!
~ Format, Style and Content of the Book ~
This large book contains 15 rhymes, all of which relate to dinosaurs. The rhymes vary in length, the majority however are simple ones with only four lines which children can easily commit to memory and join in with. The longest rhyme / poem is 16 lines long so the book is ideal for any child from 3 years upwards.
Some of the rhymes encourage active participation, e.g.
'Three little egss,
Tap, tap, tap!
Out come the babies,
Clap, clap, clap!
Try their tails out,
Flap, flap, flap!
Then settle down
for a nap.
Another rhyme encourages the children to join in with being a mouse and walking ever so quietly on tiptoe and then changes to being a dinosaur, big and noisy, stamping and stomping around.
From my experience, most young children get a huge amount of pleasure in joining in with the actions, all the better for learning whilst having fun!
Another one of the rhymes' focus is on counting to ten, so great for early number work and sequencing to 10.
Each rhyme is allocated a double page spread. The font used is very simple, no fancy loops etc which is far better for young emergent readers to decipher.
~ Illustrations ~
As with most of Nick Sharratt's work, the illustrations in this book are extremely bright and bold and fun for children to look at and talk about!
Each page is completely full of rich, vibrant colours and holds very young children's attention from the outset. Some of the dinosaurs aren't the 'correct' colours as set out in some non-fiction books aimed at older children but this doesn't make a bit of difference!
~ Price ~
This is currently on amazon for £4.49 but they are selling used and new ones from £1.50.
~ Kaye Umansky / Author ~
Kaye Umansky was a music and drama teacher. This musical background gives her writing and dialogue a strong rhythm, ideal for reading aloud.
She has written some very humorous books over the years:
~ The Romantic Giant
~ The Goblin's Revenge
~ Nick Sharratt / Illustrator ~
A well-known writer and illustrator of children's books:
~ I went to the zoopermarket
~ Don't put your finger in the Jelly, Nelly!
~ Ketchup on your cornflakes?
~ Ouch! I need a plaster!
The pair have joined forces on some other great children's books:
* Tickle my nose and other action rhymes.
* Yo Ho Ho! A-Pirating We'll go.
* Wiggle my toes and other action rhymes.
This is really well worth investing in if you have young children. It's fun and bright as well as being a great educational tool:
~ Encourages active participation
~ Introduces basic rhyme to young children
~ Develops memory skills when the children commit these to memory
~ Fosters an enjoyment of early poetry and books
~ Develops early counting skills to 10
Stomp Chomp, Big Roars! Here Come the Dinosaurs! Is a lovely big book which was given to my 4 year old little man in a book start set.
The cover of the book is a nice bright yellow with a picture of a red and a blue dinosaur and the title is on the right hand side in nice bright coloured lettering. The back cover of the book again has a picture of some dinosaurs and also a short paragraph about the book.
The book contains lots of short rhyming poems, for example;
This is the way we stomp our feet,
Stomp Stomp Stomp!
This is the way we like to eat,
Chomp Chomp Chomp!
Stomp Chomp Big roars!
Here come the Dinosaurs!
All of the poems show the dinosaurs doing different things, from eating food to making friends, to diving into the mud and the final poem is called goodnight. I find the last poem is a good one to read when your little person is in bed as it gives slight encouragement to getting them to go to sleep.
On each of the double pages you will find a poem which is accompanied by nice bright detailed pictures. The pictures show the dinosaurs being brightly coloured and they have not been drawn to look scary.
The book has been written in nice basic words which makes this an ideal book for new readers to read independently. The pictures may be of some help to them as well when reading but the words do follow a rhyming pattern so is easy to read.
My 4 year old is not able to read this on his own but thoroughly enjoys sitting down together with his younger brother to listen to me read them the book and they do stay interested in the entire book as they like to look and talk about what they can see in the pictures. My little man does try to read me the book by just looking at the pictures which does lead to some amusing stories!
The poems are only short and therefore the whole book can be read by myself in about 5-10 minutes, this does take longer if we talk about the pictures but when my 6 year old reads this by himself he takes about 15 minutes doing so.
I personally enjoy the way they have turned scary dinosaurs into fun brightly coloured animals which children should not be afraid of as this book is now even appealing to children who are not so keen or even a bit scared of dinosaurs.
This book was written by Kaye Umansky and illustrated by Nick Sharratt. It was published by Puffin Books. There is no retail price on the back of the book, there is the Book start logo where this should be but this book is available on Amazon for a price of £4.49 and may even be on the Market Place for less.
I do highly recommend this book for all parents trying to encourage books to their children or any fans of dinosaurs.