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Monday, 18 June 2012

Book Review: Dinosaurs - Tyrannosaurus Rex

"With life-like illustrations and simple text, the books in this series introduce children to different dinosaurs and their unique characteristics."

One of Junior's favourite things at the moment is dinosaurs, and in particular, T-rex.  I think the "dinosaur phase" must be something all little boys (and some little girls too!) go through, as I remember Young Sir having a similar fascination for them, and unusually for YS, it was an interest which lasted quite a while!

While visiting a lovely charity shop in Pocklington a little while back - Barnados, I think - which sells only children's clothes and toys and nothing else, Junior spotted a toy T-rex which he proudly bought with his pocket money, for the princely sum of £0.49.  It's gone virtually everywhere, including to bed, with him ever since, and I've had to sneak it out of the room without him seeing me just so I could photograph it!!


Naturally it followed that on a recent visit to a local library, he was instantly drawn to a book about Tyrannosaurus Rex, with a delighted comment of "There's my dinosaur, Mummy."  I couldn't not take it out for him could I, and since then, it's been renewed a couple of times as he doesn't want it to go back!

Tyrannosaurus Rex contains some wonderful illustrations, and nice large text specifically aimed at early readers in both font size and repetition.  It obviously works, because Junior can now "read" the word 'dinosaurs' which has also been stuck onto the bathroom tiles with his wet-n-stick letters.

The book conveys a good amount of information while keeping everything nice and simple for the beginner, and there's a nice little quiz at the end.

Tyrannosaurus Rex


I tried visiting the publisher's website given in the book, but it took me somewhere completely different to the URL I'd typed in.  I did eventually find the right website, but only after quite a bit of hunting around.

The author is Daniel Nunn, and there's a whole series of dinosaur books, which are also available in Spanish.  I've found the library does have the rest of the series, but for reasons best known to themselves, they're not letting anyone reserve the books :(

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