Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (March 1, 2009)
What to expect: Dinosaurs and Rhyme
At first I wanted to read this book because its eye-catching artwork is done by one of my favorite illustrators, Guy Parker Rees (Giraffes Can’t Dance). After reading only the first double page spread I realized I had been missing out on a great author, Tony Mitton. His rhyming ability is wonderfully energetic, and he tells this story with great charisma. There are so many fun sounds to make — animal and musical — making Dinosaurumpus! so fun to read aloud. It has a repetitive chorus which makes it really easy for little ones to join in and really participate in the story. I have heard that some schools have made mini musicals out of the book. The best part for me is being corrected by four-year-olds in the pronunciation of the dinosaur names. Great book!
near the sludgy old swamp.
The dinosaurs are coming.
Get ready to romp.”