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Wednesday 29 September 2021

Review: Where's My Dinosaur?

Mummy’s tummy is growing. Dad says it will be a playmate for the little girl that narrates the story. 

Obsessed with dinosaurs, she hopes it will be one. With the size it currently is, she imagines it is a chick, so she chooses a name for it.

As Mummy’s tummy gets bigger, so do the pets the child imagines will become part of her family. 

A rabbit to share her room? A puppy perhaps, to chase around the yard or park, with lots of bones to keep him happy?

During the last stages, the possibility of it being a bear is also considered.

Then the bear becomes an elephant!

While all these animals pass through the child’s mind, each is accompanied by the wonderful play time they will share.

More joyous than all these imaginings, is the one in which she believes it will be a dinosaur. She hugs this thought tightly. She even has the perfect name picked out for him.

Banners of welcome will greet him. A shiny name tag will be hung around his neck.

Excited when the time has come, dad and daughter head to the hospital.

Mummy is holding something wrapped in a blue blanket. It’s not a chick, a dog, a bear, an elephant, or a dinosaur!

How does the little girl come accept her new sibling?

With a wonderful ending that solves all questions with answers that delight, this beautifully presented picture book, has a diverse family at its core, and addresses the sensitive issues of adjustment and change for parents and children, at a new addition to the family unit.

Stunning covers and gorgeous full page, detailed illustrations filled with humour and activity, complement the the text. The choice of colours used throughout by Jasmine Berry add a vibrant and lively atmosphere to the main character’s thoughts and expectations.

Title: Where's My Dinosaur?
Author: Ashling Kwok
Illustrator: Jasmine Berry
Publisher: Yellow Brick Books, $26.99
Publication Date: 30 September 2021
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780648492559
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book