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The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas - Tom Fletcher

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Authors: Tom Fletcher,Dougie Poynter / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 25 October 2012 / Genre: Picture Books / Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK / Title: The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas / ISBN 13: 9781849417792 / ISBN 10: 1849417792

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      29.06.2013 14:39
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      laugh a minute

      The dinosaur that pooped Christmas, is written by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter from the band McFly. I saw this book advertised in my son's book club but thought against buying it, afterall how could two popstars be any good at writing a childrens book. But when Santa brought it for my 4 year old son, and he realised it was based on two of his favourite things; dinosaurs and poo, he insisted we read it straight away.
      We received this as a Christmas present but it is selling for around £5 on amazon, you may be able to find it cheaper around Christmas time.

      story
      So the story is simple...little boy Danny (possibly based on tom and Dougie's bandmate Danny Jones????) is spoilt. He has every toy he could imagine yet still wants more...now we all know a child like that don't we? and if you're anything like me you'll be hoping they get their comeuppance at some point. Anyway back to the story....Danny is spoilt and he wants more, Santa thinks this year he needs to learn a lesson and instead of a pile of presents he leaves Danny an egg. A DINOSAUR EGG!!!! the egg hatches and causes a whole heap of trouble (literally!!!!)
      Though reading at times can be a bit of a tongue twister, but it doesn't distract from the fact that the story is very funny, it has my son in fits of giggles. Especially the line about Granny plopping out of the dinosaurs bottom. This is hilarious for my son as he calls my mum Granny, he insisted we call her immediately so we could read her that page.

      pictures
      The pictures are bright and colourful and my children enjoy sitting and looking at the pictures by themselves. My 16 month old daughter thinks its hilarious to find pictures of poo, pretend to smell it and go "eeeew poo" The pictures really do help the story along and make it even funnier...how many books do you get 2 full double page spreads of just poo drawings??

      moral?
      There could possible be a moral to this story....if you're greedy you will end up in a whole heap of poo!!!

      recommend?
      If you have a little boy who thinks poo is funny then yes I definitely recommend, in fact if you have a little girl who thinks poo is funny then give this book a go.... in fact even if they don't find poo funny before reading this book they will after so give this book a read.
      I would recommend this book for everyone, it really is a great laugh a minute story. My 16 month old and my 4 year old love it.
      I think we may need to replace our copy soon, due to reading so much the pages are getting worn and bent...but it will be £5 well spent to carry on seeing the delight on my childrens faces as they hear the story or look at the pictures.

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        11.01.2013 14:53

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        A moral lesson to kids about greed.

        I know this comes a few weeks after christmas but hey! like light follows darkness, there will always be christmas. When i first saw Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter's names on the back of the book 'The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas', i scoofed at the idea of two succesful rockstars turning to writing children's books. I really wasn't sure what to expect. But after reading it for my four year old who is obsessed with dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures, i must admit the two authors are not just gifted in writing top charting songs, but are accomplished fiction writers worth their salt. The book is easy to read with a few lines per page and colourful illustrations. Its a 'laugh out loud' read in a real 'toilet humour' from the first page. The dedication page sent me into hysterical bouts of laughter. Its ideal for early readers as it does not involve a lot of prose but boasts of brilliant colourful illustrations which would certainly have a sensory appeal to the little ones.

        The story!

        Danny asks Father Christmas for too many presents and Father Christmas decides to teach him a lesson by giving him a big dinosaur. The dinosaur eats up everything including Christmas and leaves a messy
        trail of destruction and er..poop along the way.

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        15.12.2012 23:22
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        A silly poo-themed Christmas story

        As soon as I heard about 'The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas' I knew that it was a book that would appeal to my three young boys in the run up to Christmas. When I spotted it for just £2.99 on the Book People website a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't resist buying a copy.

        Written by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter, of McFly 'fame', this could easily be just another attempt to take advantage of their celebrity status and publish a mediocre children's story. Fortunately, this book succeeds entirely on its own merits as an entertaining and surprisingly well written children's picture book - although the celebrity authors will no doubt give teenagers and young adults a valid excuse to read and enjoy this silly story.

        The story is a rather flippant look at a greedy young boy getting his just desserts and a warning to any children out there who have a Christmas list longer than their own height! Santa decides to get revenge on this greedy chap by leaving behind a huge dinosaur egg which duly hatches. The dinosaur soon sets about devouring the contents of the house, people and all, only to find that everything eaten has to work its way out somehow....

        The real entertainment value of this story is the sheer silliness and the inclusion of lots of funny references to poo. This is a picture book that appeals to all three of my boys (aged two, five and ten) simply because it is so silly and humorous. They particularly enjoy the scenes when the dinosaur starts to bring back the contents of his stomach in spectacular style, along with hilarious images of Santa sleighing along a giant wave of poo! There may well be a serious moral message within the story but, in all honesty, my boys are too busy giggling at all of the bum and poo references to really take any notice of that.

        Fortunately, I'm happy to read and re-read this book many times over as it is actually both funny (in a very puerile toilet humour way) and actually quite easy to read, thanks to its steady rhythm and rhyme. I don't usually include direct quotes from children's stories but I think this one illustrates both the humour and the well-balanced rhythm of the story:

        'It pooped out the turkey, the toys and the telly.
        And even the tinsel was now brown and smelly.
        It pooped all the presents and pieces of puzzles,
        It pooped all the things it had previously guzzled.
        And then Father Christmas yelled 'OUT OF THE WAY!'
        As he flew from the dinosaur's bum on his sleigh.'

        That is one of my favourite pages from the story and, whilst this is no literary masterpiece or children's classic, it is certainly very easy to read and pretty memorable.

        The only minor issue with the story is that a couple of the references seem to be more relevant to McFly's teen audience than the young children that will ultimately be the main readers of this story. I'm not sure that many very young children will be aware of who King Kong is. (Although my ten year old son did surprise me by knowing that it was a giant gorilla.) The book also uses the term 'Kris Kringle' which I actually had to google as I wasn't sure of its meaning. (Turns out it is an Americanised word for Santa.) There are other Americanisms, most notably the use of 'butt' rather than bum, although the use of the word does rhyme beautifully with the preceding line so I'm inclined to forgive it.

        In terms of age recommendations, it is slightly too long and wordy to hold my two year old's attention completely for the entire length of the story and I think some of the aspects of the story go over his head. He does like listening to the rhyme however and the bold and bright illustrations also appeal to him but I would recommend this mainly for children from three upwards, with the upper age limit being whenever the reader feels themselves far too sophisticated to giggle at a picture of when 'Granny plopped out of his bottom'! I suppose there is the potential for young readers to be upset by the notion of a dinosaur eating somebody's entire family but I think the story is so surreal and so plain silly that I can't imagine many young children being genuinely disturbed by the storyline. In any case, everything comes out 'well' in the end, if a little smelly!

        Overall, this is a totally silly but entertaining Christmas story that will appeal to any child (or adult) that still finds farting and toilet humour amusing. I paid just £2.99 for my copy from the Book People but no longer seems available on their site. The story is available from Amazon for just over £4 which is still a great price for a humourous take on a Santa story.

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          23.11.2012 18:21
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          Don't go to a family gathering without one!

          Which is pretty much a guarantee that children will love it. The story is about a very greedy little boy. He has mountains of toys but he wants so much more - so Santa Clause leaves him a very strange gift - a gigantic dinosaur egg with a very large dinosaur inside. Never mind the fact that dinosaur eggs were really quite small in comparison to adult dinosaurs. This story is not going to be scientifically accurate in the least. It is just a very silly story filled with poo and butts. But for all the disgusting bits - and this book really is disgusting - it presents a message as well. Christmas is more than gifts and tinsel - what matters most at Christmas is the people you love - something Danny does come to realise - but is it too late?

          Some very sensitive children might find some pages distressing- especially the part where Danny's family is eaten - but don't worry it will all come out in the end ---- literally. I don't think it can be taken as spoiler because the title clearly gives away the ending, but after eating everything from the Christmas Dinner and presents to Danny's family, pets and even Santa Claus the dinosaur finishes off by eating the whole house, leaving Danny alone in the snow.

          The dinosaur is sorry and thinks of a way to fix things - so the dinosaur begins to poo..... and he poos and he poos and he poos. Out of his bum comes the house, the Christmas presents, Santa and his reindeer, Danny's family and even the Christmas dinner. Everything is back to the way it began - more or less. Except that it is covered in poop and rather brown and smelly. But Danny has learned his lesson and won't be so greedy next year, and the dinosaur has learned his lesson too - I gather pooping a house, reindeer and all the other bits and pieces might not be very pleasant - he won't be gobbling anything else up either.

          My sons are ages 4 and 7, and both had a laugh at this, although the oldest was able to take it as just a huge joke and my youngest had to complain about the size of the dinosaur egg - the whole thing being impossible because dinosaurs are extinct and the fact that a house wouldn't fit int he dinosaurs stomach, much less his butt. he was also most annoyed that the dinosaur was wearing knickers at the end, but after awhile he came to see the humour in it. He especially liked the part where the Dad is pooped out, surfing on an ironing board on a great wave of ........ We then had a laugh about whether or not they would still eat the Christmas dinner and the final scene where Danny is holding loo roll - we wouldn't to wipe a dinosaurs butt.

          This book best suits children who are still in the toilet humour stage. I can imagine this would go down quite well in a nursery class. It also would be a bit of fun at a family gathering - so just the thing to buy for nieces and nephews - all the more fun if they have parents who are prim and proper and do not like the mention of bodily functions.

          The illustrations in this book are excellent - which is to say they are very well drawn and every bit as revolting as the text. it is told in a rhythmic, rhyming text with lines like "And Then Father Christmas yelled 'OUT OF THE WAY!' as he flew from the dinosaurs bum on his sleigh."

          This is a book you will either love or hate - for us it's a bit of fun. I don't see this being a bedtime favourite, read all year long - I'm sure it will get old fairly quickly. But it is a good joke and I do like books that break the mould. This is certainly going to appeal to a certain set of children, whether they like books or not - and perhaps it will encourage just a few to try some other books as well.

          This is very new out, so used copies are practically non existant. If you want a new copy - you can get one for £4.54 from Amazon.

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