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Monday, 30 March 2015

Review: Dinosaur Roar

This one's for the kiddies who are in that dinosaur-lovin' stage. Dinosaur Roar! teaches children useful adjectives, and does so using dinosaurs to grab (and hold) their attention:

'Dinosaur fast, dinosaur slow, dinosaur above and dinosaur below'. You get the picture.

Towards the end, the rhyming narrative about opposites somehow transitions into rhyming adjectives describing the dinosaurs eating lunch. Plainly put, it's kind of an odd transition, but my 21-month-old really doesn't care so I'm not sure I should either.

The book is over 20 years old, and still as relevant and likely just as appealing to its target demographic as it was when it was first written in 1994.

My favourite part of this book is absolutely the illustrations. The dinosaurs are just so darn tootin' pretty to look at! I don't have an overabundance of picture books made with watercolour paint as the main illustration medium, and the Sticklands clearly know how to wrangle a paintbrush.

This book is simple enough for the littlees to grasp, and straight forward enough to actually teach them something. Don't buy this one for a complicated narrative, but do buy it for the tyke who is dinosaur obsessed.

Title: Dinosaur Roar!
Author: Paul and Henrietta Stickland
Illustrator: Paul Stickland
Publisher: Koala Books, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: First Australian ed. published 2005
Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9780864615206
For ages: 3 – 6
Type: Picture Book

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