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Authors: Fiona Watt,Rachel Wells / Format: Board book / Date of publication: 22 February 2002 / Genre: Nature / Subcategory: Non-Fiction / Category: Nature, The Natural World / Category: Dinosaurs & Prehistoric World / Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd / Title: That's Not My Dinosaur / ISBN 13: 9780746048146 / ISBN 10: 0746048146 / Alternative title: UsborneTouchy Feely Books: That's Not My Dinosaur - Fiona Watt / Alternative ISBN 10: 0746048149

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      18.01.2013 17:05
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      Not the best book in the series - but still better than any other series.

      I love Usborne books in general and this series in particular. True - I underrated these when I first saw them, but my sons both love tactile books - even now at 4 and 7, and when my oldest recently explained to me how he used these books to help learn to read - I was even more impressed. I've been after this particular title for donkeys. I usually do look for used books, but I find this type of book is best to buy new so that you know all the textures will be clean and intact. I have literally washed used books in this line from a boot sale. If you are picking them up for a few pence you don't mind so much, but if ordering online I usually choose only new books in this range. But this title has not been available new for years. I finally gave in and decided to look for a used - very good condition book as my sons love dinosaurs as well and surprise - surprise, Amazon finally had new copies again. It was ordered immediately.

      First off I must point out that Usborne does revamp these books now and then. So you may have a copy of this exact same title with completely different textures. In fact, the one that was pictured on Amazon is not the book I recieved - Amazons picture shows a lovely sparkly foil type material for the dinosaurs spots - but it has since been updated to show this book. I was basically expecting a revamp - as this book appears to have been out of print for awhile - but all the other revamps we have bought have really been an improvement on the old. This was not the case with this book.

      That's Not My Dinosaur has the same basic structure of all the books in this series. We have a small white mouse who is looking for his toy, pet or vehicle - or perhaps Santa or a snowman. In this case it is a dinosaur. The text always reads "That's not my ______ It's _____ is too _______. In this case one page reads "That's not my dinosaur. Its tail is too fuzzy". This familiar format is brilliant for very young children who like to repeat the story as the parent reads, or pretend to read it themselves. It is even better as they learn to read when they can study the familiar words and guess at the few new ones as my son recently pointed out to me. The colours are bright and engaging and the story appeals to very young children who often like books with a searching theme.

      My problem with this specific books lies in the textures. The dinosaur on the front cover is the absolute worst. It is a bumpy foam which appears to be covered in cling film. I have to admit my sons love this, but it looks so fragile. My children are older and I have explained that we must be careful with this part as if a child were to poke it - I believe it would tear. But as much as my children love these books - they are meant for much younger children and I defy you to explain to an 8 month old that poking might tear this - and of course the whole idea of these books is to feel all of the textures.

      The teeth also appear to be a very thin and cheap paper which reminds me of kitchen roll. I do make sure my children always handle books with clean hands, but this would get dirty very easily, and a fingernail would ruin it. The soft felt of the Stegosaurus would also get dirty easily, and i have seen where this has worn away on older books - but the children do like it and with proper care I think this one will be fine - at least for a few years. The fuzzy section for ankylosaurus tail was also thinner than most, but I wouldn't really complain about this. On the plus side Triceratops has very nice velcro horns and the plesiosaur has lovely slippery fins which change colour depending on how you hold the book.

      While I was quite dissapointed by this book, and do not feel that this is up to the usual high standards of this series, in all fairness I must admit that my sons are very happy with it indeed. After all it is about dinosaurs, and they do love any textured books. Because they are already older and extremely careful with books I am really hoping this will last until they out grow it. But I am not at all convinced that it will - while I have no doubt that all of their other books in this series which we have bought new will be in perfect condition to pass onto another child when they outgrow them. But despite all my complaints, this is still a lovely book at the moment. It will require very careful handling, but it is still something that many young children would absolutely love, and I would not return it for the money back - as know Amazon would allow, because I wouldn't want to take it from them. It is certainly no worse than some other textured books I have found - it just isn't as good as I would expect from Usborne. In fact I doubt I would complain so much if this were from an unknown publisher - but Usborne does have a reputation for excellence.

      I would give this book 3 stars. Good illustrations, very good text for a young a child, mediocre textures. My sons however would give this 5 stars. Dinosaurs and textures combined is all they need. I am meeting in the middle with 4 stars, and I would still recommend this for an older toddler who can be careful with books, but only more cautiously for an infant. I believe this book could still be used with an infant, but that parental supervision would really be must to ensure very delicate handling of the book. Personally - I'd rather opt for one of the many better made titles in this series for a younger child. I would only choose this for a child who absolutely loves dinosaurs. Also - on this one occasion a good second hand book may very well be a better buy than a new one, as the older version does appear to have been better.

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        05.07.2011 21:42
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        A lovely book from the That's Not My... series!

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        That's not my...
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        I would imagine that most parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are familiar with the That's Not My... range of books. Written by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells, there are many books in the range, from That's Not My Tractor and That's Not My Dolly, to That's Not My Kitten and That's Not My Teddy. My little girl has several of these books but this seems to be her current favourite.

        What makes these books so special is that each page has a different textured area which makes the pages very interesting and tactile for babies and young readers. Each book features a little mouse who is looking for a certain something. As you turn the pages, the mouse rejects certain items for not being quite right - for example, we read: "That's not my dinosaur, its flippers are too slippery" and, sure enough, the dinosaur pictured on the page does have rather slippery flippers! We then get to feel bumpy, rough, soft and scratchy surfaces on each page.

        With each book, there is even a textured item on the cover, which is a lovely touch (no pun intended) and makes the books look really fun and attractive at a glance. On the cover of this book, which you can see pictured above, the big green bumps have a squishy feel to them.

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        SPOILER COMING UP ...
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        For anyone who is concerned about this poor mouse who seems to have trouble finding all his friends, I am going to ruin the ending for you now - if you don't want to know what happens at the end, look away now! At the end of the book, the mouse does indeed find what he's looking for and we read: "That's my dinosaur! His scales are so soft." . Phew - what a relief!

        From a young age my daughter enjoyed these books as they are so brightly coloured, have very few, simple words and of course have the different textures to feel on each page. As she is now older, she still likes these books and she joins in with the words and of course understands the different textures and finds them very interesting! I think the simplicity of the books, the repetitious nature of the language and the different textures makes this series of books such a hit with young ones.

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        Overall these are lovely books. This one is currently £3.42 on amazon which is an utter bargain I think, and these make lovely gifts for new parents. I also noticed that my local library has a few in stock too.

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        27.05.2010 17:21
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        That's not my dinosaur

        That's not my Dinosaur!

        After a recent visit to the Natural History Museum to see the Dionsaurs we decided a dinosaur book for our little girl was in order. We decided upon the, "That's Not My Dinosaur," book from the popular that's not my...... range. THis range comes from Usborne books and are described as "This delightful series of board books is aimed at very young children. The bright pictures, with their patches of different textures, are designed to develop sensory and language awareness. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching the feely patches."

        Usborne themselves say that they produce the best range of children's books in the world. A quick browse of their website will tell you that they publish almost every type of children's book for every age from baby to teenager. They were founded in 1973 by Peter Usborne and pioneered a completely new generation of entertaining, colourful and friendly non-fiction books.

        That's not my dinosaur is a wonderfully bright and colourful book. On the front cover there is a great big purple dinosaur with green spots dinosaur which kind of looks a bit like Dino the dinosaur. The rest of the book is a lovely bright green colour. We are firstly told, That's not my dinosaur, his body is too squashy." THe book then goes on and on each page there are different sensory elements to the dinosaurs to allow your little ones to touch and feel them and get used to different textures and feelings. We see dinosaurs with bumpy teeth, slippy flippers, a fuzzy tail and rough horns. On the last page we finally find our dinosaur. We learn that this is our dinosaur because his spines are so soft.

        The books is A5 size so easy for little fingers to hold. It is a board books so is quite robust and chunky and will stand up to chewing, heavy page turning etc. Like I've said above it's bright and colourful and the touchy feely bits and different and unique.

        A lovely little story that your little ones will want to read again and again. I think the beauty about these books is that the storyline is short and sweet but is enough to capture the imagination of little ones. Look out for others titles for boys and girls including for boys , "That's not my car," or "That's not my Truck " or for girls you can buy them, "That's not my dolly," or ,"That's not my fairy." There are also books about cats, dogs, monkeys, dinosaurs, pirates and on and on so they really do have a wide variety of topics.

        All the books are £5.99 which is a little bit expensive in my opinion but for a nice gift these are great and because they are such good quality and will last so long I don't mind paying a bit more.

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          08.04.2010 15:26
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          Great to read to very young children

          That's not my dinosaur is a touchy feely book by Fiona Watt aimed at very young children helping them with visual and tactile stimuli.

          That's not my dinosaur is a hard backed book in which a little white mouse is looking for his dinosaur, each page has a depiction of a dinosaur with the tag line "That's not my dinosaur because" and the reason is the tactile element of the page. So if the dinosaur isn't my dinosaut because his body is too squashy then the dinosaur in question has little holes in his body filled with a softer type of plastic.

          There are 6 dinosaurs and each has a reason for not being my dinosaur with bumpy teeth, slippy flippers, a fuzzy tail and rough horns before we come to out dinosaur whose our dinosaur because his spines are so soft. His spines are made of padded velvet and are slightly squishy to the touch as well as being smooth.

          The pages are bright colourful, they have large impressive dinosaurs and each tactile element is well thought out and children love to touch them. Our favourite is the triceratops with the rough horns which are a big like sand paper only red. He's very bright and colourful.

          The books are of course aimed at children aged between 6 and 24 months and give the child a chance to touch interesting material. They also have plenty of colour and as the child gets a little older you can play trying to spot the little mouse on each page.

          We love our That's not my dinosaur and because each page is made of sturdy cardboard type material they are almost indestructible even for 18 month of fingers bent on destruction.

          The drawings are by Fiona Wells and after reading several of these books in the series I think this one is the most fun but then I've always loved dinosaurs.

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            29.12.2009 16:36
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            A great book for babies.

            This is a great book for little ones! 'That's not my dinosaur...' belongs to the 'That's not my...' series, all written by Fiona Watt. The books are theme around vehicles, animals and various miscellaneous things.

            Other titles include:

            That's not my car, That's not my teddy, That's not my puppy, That's not my pirate, That's not my robot, That's not my monster, That's not my monkey etc

            They even have christmas editions:

            That's not my santa, That's not my snowman, That's not my polar bear, That's not my reindeer.

            "That's not my dinosaur..." like all the books in the series is published by Usborne books and is a touchy feely book. This is the reason I bought this book, it was for my 8 month old son for Christmas, it's ideal for his age group as it offers various textures for little hands to explore.

            The book is illustrated by Rachel Wells who offers delightful, bright and colourful pictures, but your little one will be much more interested in the shiny, fluffy or furry things to touch! I particularly like the little white mouse that joins you on the book...I suppose it is the mouse that has lost the dinosaur. Each page sees him finding a dinosaur but explaining that it isn't his dinosaur and he tells you why...I'll let you guess what happens at the end of the book!

            This is a lovely book to share, it's obviously more of a visual picture book rather than a story, so ideal for younger children to develop sensory awareness and get used to hearing words. The use of repitition on each page...'That's not my...' is a vital tool in developing baby's language as they learn from repitition and hearing sounds over and over again.

            It's RRP is £4.99, but it's currently for sale on Amazon for £3.46, they also stock the other books in the series so why not buy a few and qualify for free delivery (which is what I did).

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            22.09.2009 22:25
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            That's Not My Dinosaur... its Body is too Squashy!

            That's Not My Dinosaur is a wonderful little touch and feel sensory book from the Usborne series. Written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells, these books build into a vast collection, though all following the same popular format.

            Anyone who's child has one or more of these books will be aware of the storyline that runs through them. Each book focuses on a particular animal or theme and we are faced with many colourful characters until we find the one which is ours.

            That's Not My Dinosaur certainly stands out in this particular series for me. Though the format is the same, the illustrations and textured areas are simply fantastic.

            As with each of these books we actually begin on the front cover where we are told "That's not my dinosaur... its body is too squishy". Featured on the cover, sitting nicely between the text is a rather appealing purple dinosaur with a long neck and textured spots. These spots are made from a quilted metallic material which emits various shades of blue and green and has the texture of a reptile's skin. The cover is very attractive indeed thanks to the fabulous choice of colours and materials.

            Throughout the book we are shown a wonderful array of dinosaurs. Each is vividly coloured with the textured areas creating depth and drawing in the young reader. The colourful backgrounds in these illustrations make the characters stand out against each page.

            We have an orange dinosaur with a fuzzy red tail, a green dinosaur with bumpy white teeth, a pink dinosaur with slippery flippers created using pink sequined material. We then have a bright red dinosaur with rough yellow horns, but we haven't found our dinosaur yet! Finally we meet the dinosaur that is ours, a rather endearing blue dinosaur with purple spots and soft spines created with pink fur.

            On each page a little white mouse appears, making a lovely addition to the storyline as we try to find him in each illustration.

            This particular book to me appears to be of a higher quality than some others in the series in terms of illustrations and texture, though my son, who has quite a few of these, loves each and every one.

            That's Not My Dinosaur is suitably 'boyish' in its theme and design, though of course it may appeal to little girls too. I have recently purchased this book again as a stocking filler for my nephew as books like this one are a valuable addition to any young child's book shelf.

            I love reading this series of books to my little boy and despite the seemingly simple format, he never seems to tire of them.

            That's Not My Dinosaur from Usborne Books has a retail price of £5.99, however it is currently available from Amazon at just £3.49. This makes a great idea for a stocking filler at such a bargain price!

            ISBN: 978074604814-6

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              29.06.2009 15:30
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              Good book for babies and toddlers.

              This is another book of the Usborne Touchy-Feely Books series.

              The Touchy-Feely books are aimed at providing children with interesting and diverse sensory experiences, by using bright colours and incorporating various materials into the drawings.
              Each book follows a little white mouse that is looking for something that he is missing.

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              In this book the little white mouse is trying to find his dinosaur.

              Cover: "That's not my dinosaur... its body is too squashy."
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              The cover of the book is green and features the little mouse looking up at a purple dinosaur with spots.
              These spots are green and made of little cushions.

              Page 1: "That's not my dinosaur... its tail is too fuzzy."
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              The dinosaur's tail is made of red velcro (the loops side).

              Page 2 & 3: "That's not my dinosaur... its teeth are too bumpy."
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              The little mouse finds a green tyrannosaurus rex with teeth made of white, ridged cardboard.
              The background is red.
              I find this scene to be one of the best in the book, the ridged cardboard is surprisingly compelling to touch.

              Pages 4 & 5: "That's not my dinosaur... its flippers are too slippery."
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              This time the dinosaur the mouse encounters is pink with shiny, pink flippers.
              As the scene is set underwater, the background is blue.

              This scene is a winner, not because of the dinosaur, but because it features the tiny mouse decked in full diving gear - SO cute!

              Pages 6 & 7: "That's not my dinosaur... its horns are too rough."
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              In this instance the background is dark green and the dinosaur, which seems to be a triceratops, is red with yellow horns.
              The dinosaur's horns are made of a very hard, sandy texture.

              Pages 8 & inside of back cover: "That's my dinosaur! Its spines are so soft." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
              The last scene.
              The little mouse finds his dinosaur, which is blue with purple spots. Its spines are made of soft purple fur.
              The background is a very bright shade of yellow.

              This final scene is quite excellent. I do think the combination of the very bright yellow background and the purple spots and spines is too brash, but the spines have been individually cut out and the soft fur that fills them provides a great sensation when running the fingers over them.

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              The book's dimensions are: 16.6 cm x 16.3 cm x 2 cm.

              The book has a hard, glossy cover. The pages are board and the entire book - with the exception of the bits of "touchy-feely" materials - is wipeable.
              The book is made with paper from a sustainable forest.

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              The book is written by Fiona Watt with illustrations by Rachel Wells.

              The drawings are very simplistic, with thick outlines.

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              The recommended retail price of the book is £5.99, but is possible to find it cheaper online and in some supermarkets.

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              I really enjoy these Touchy-Feely books, and this one is no exception.
              I am, however, only giving it 4 stars because I thought the absolutly plain backgrounds (with the exception of the "water lines" in pages 4 & 5) made the book look too stark.
              This is a missed opportunity to make the scenes more interesting and captivating, as it was done in the "That's Not My Dragon..." book.

              Other than that, it is a thouroughly enjoyable book.

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                18.03.2009 01:22
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                it's a good one!

                That's Not My Dinosaur is a childrens book which is part of a series of award winning books by top childrens book publisher Usborne. Other books in the series include That's Not My Bunny, That's Not My Santa, That's Not My Bear, That's Not My Angel, That's Not My Car, That's Not My Dolly, That's Not My Dragon, That's Not My Plane, That's Not My Pirate, That's Not My Penguin and That's Not My Teddy - just to name a few (I think you get the idea!).

                That's Not My Dinosaur is written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Rachel Wells and is designed for children 1+ years. The book was published in 2002 and it's RRP is £5.99, although if you shop around you can get it for less. It's currently on Amazon.co.uk for £3.49 and in WHSmith for £4.79.

                The book is 10 pages long and starts on the front cover. The pages are nice and thick and made of wooden board. The pages are laminated so it is not as edible as a lot of childrens books (yes I said edible!). The dimensions are 160mm x 160mm. The book is unisex and is made with paper from a sustainable forest (according to the back page). Each page has a different texture on and bright colours which helps develop babies sensory skills. There are also different dinosaurs on each page but they are very cute as apposed to scary dinosaurs. Each page starts with the same phrase which babies really enjoy as it means they can join in and seem to get quite excited by.

                Here is the lay out of the book:
                Front page - That's not my dinosaur... its body is too squashy. Includes a picture of a purple diplodocus with 4 green, shiny, crocodile skin like textured holes on it's body.
                Page 1 and 2 - That's not my dinosaur... its tail is too fuzzy. Includes a picture of an orange spineosaurus with red fuzzy textured tail.
                Page 3 and 4 - That's not my dinosaur... its teeth are too bumpy. Includes a picture of a green t-rex with white, bumpy paper like textured teeth.
                Page 5 and 6 - That's not my dinosaur... its flippers are too slippery. Includes a picture of a pink plesiosaurus with sparkly textured flippers.
                Page 7 and 8 - That's not my dinosaur... its horns are too rough. Includes a picture of a red triceratops with 3 yellow, rough, sandpaper like horns (nails running over this is like nails on a blackboard, seriously).
                Page 9 and 10 - That's my dinosaur! Its spines are so soft. Includes a picture of a blue Stegosaurus with purple soft, smooth textured spines on his back.

                Luckilly my 1 year old really enjoys books. She has had this book since she was born and over time has really warmed to it. Nowadays this is one of her favourite books, alongside a couple of others from the Usborne touchy-feely series. She loves feeling the textures and joins in with the "that's not my dinosaur" part of the story. It is great value for money and I think it will get another couple of years use. The only downside is that I have to read it a thousand times over!

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                Every double page of this book features an interesting texture to feel, such as bumpy teeth or slippery flippers, as the reader explores the surface of a toy dinosaur. Combined with simple text and illustrations this is intended to help very young children develop sensory and language awareness.