Especially when they're dinosaurs.
Told in the third person, this is such a simple yet divinely clever twist on the typical farm book for wee ones--even those kids not particularly interested in dinosaurs will love the quandaries our farmer finds himself in while trying to operate a prehistoric farm.
When the pond gets dirty, you must clean it out. Tougher when a brontesaurus is in residence. And your animals will make a lot of poopy mess that has to be sorted out (extra-large mounds, of course). Then there's the prehistoric, man-eating plants that need watered every day.
Yes, the life of a farmer is tough and kids will delight in the humour and charm of this book and its adorable illustrations of a farmer virtually pummeled with love and affection by day's end. There will be many a repeat read--at bedtime, at afternoon play time, at meal time.
I particularly love the great hulking steak our farmer totes out for the T-Rex. Great fun and a really gorgeous ending (hurrah!).
Title: Dinosaur Farm
Author/Illustrator: Frann Preston-Gannon
Publisher: Anova Books (Scholastic), $17.99 RRP
Publication Date: 21 March 2013
For ages: 3 - 6
Type: Picture Book