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Wednesday 25 October 2017

Review: Dinosaur Munch! The Diplodocus

From the world of Dinosaur Roar comes Dinosaur Munch! The Diplodocus. A fun board book about a big blue Diplodocus named Dinosaur Munch with bright 3D images.

Dinosaur Munch is always hungry. He sucks up leaves, eats all the bushes, steals other dinosaurs’ food and still wants more. The story is simple and engaging and contains subtle facts about dinosaurs to encourage interest and curiosity.

Dinosaur Munch meets several other dinosaurs in the story including stegosaurus, parasourolophus and iguanodon. There is a handy guide to pronouncing their names at the beginning so don’t worry parents, you’ll be able to say parasourolophus with confidence when you encounter it in the story!

There is also a page of interesting facts about Diplodocus at the end. The facts are nice and simple so even very young children can understand (eg Diplodocus had an extremely long neck like a giraffe).  The book is endorsed by the Department of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum in London so you can be assured it is factually correct.

The story has an engaging rhythm and rhyme that will appeal to kids and the small, chunky size is great for young children. My three-year-old loved Dinosaur Munch (I think he resonated with a character that always wants to eat....) and asked me to read it again, and again, and "Oh, get your brother to read it to you!"

Note this book is not actually by the same author and illustrator team that created Dinosaur Roar! Rather, it is part of a new spin off series of dinosaur books inspired by the successful original. Other titles in the series include Dinosaur Stomp! The Triceratops and Dinosaur Boo! The Deinonychus.

Title: Dinosaur Munch! The Diplodocus
Author: Jeanne Willis 
Publisher: Macmillan, $16.99
Publication Date: 27th June 2017
Format: Board Book 
ISBN: 9781509835652
For ages: 2 - 5 
Type: Picture Book