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Monday 7 July 2014

Review: Hocus Pocus Diplodocus

From the day he was born and made his egg shell disappear with a sneeze, everyone knew that Hocus P Diplodocus was the world’s first ever magician. As he grew his tricks became better and better. He could make things disappear and even rescue his friends from a scary Tyrannosaurus Rex. He could do amazing things, but those sneezes still caused problems sometime.

When Hocus puts on a magic show for his birthday to entertain his friends, will it be a wonderful success or a sneezy disaster?

The text is entertaining with enough silly fun to have preschoolers giggling. If your children are anything like mine, Burpy Barosaurus suggesting that the ‘P’ in ‘Hocus P Diplodocus’ could stand for ‘Pimplebottom’ is sure to raise a laugh and a request for the story to be read again. (Fortunately, Hocus comes up with the much better suggestion of 'Pocus' - the perfect name for a magician).

With cute, colourful illustrations and a fun story, Hocus Pocus Diplodocus is sure to be enjoyed by young dinosaur fans. Kids will love Hocus’ tricks, both the intentional and sneeze-induced ones, and they just might discover why there aren’t any dinosaurs anymore.

Title: Hocus Pocus Diplodocus
Author: Steve Howson
Illustrator: Kate Daubney
Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing, $ RRP
Publication Date:
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9781848861121
For ages: 2 - 6
Type: Picture Book