The Children’s Book Review | September 15, 2015
Written by Janeen Brian
Illustrated by Ann James
Age Range: 2-5 years
Board Book: 22 pages
Publisher: Kane Miller EDC Publishing
What to expect: Bath time, dinosaurs, rhyming
This musical, rhythmic dinosaur book is a delight for small children getting ready for bath time.
Meet this cute little dinosaur in his dirty swamp. The unique and engaging illustrations are literally painted with mud. The multi-colored sketched dinosaur romps through the mess with abandon, detailing all of his dirty parts. Start with his snout, his face and his “tum.” Then move on to feet and tail, slithering and sliding and stamping in the mud wherever he goes. Readers can singsong the words into a rhythmic melody, making “I’m a dirty dinosaur with a dirty snout,” a fun interactive dancing experience for your toddler. Kids will love to “Sniff sniff, snuff snuff, sniff and snuff about,” in time to the story.
This book is entirely unique in its stark white pages with magic pencil-sketched dinosaur, real mud used as paint, and watercolors. The bold colorful print detailing the story really pops, making it easy for readers who are just starting out to follow along. We thoroughly enjoy the book in our household, singing “wash, wash, wash, wash, give myself a wash,” all the way to the tub. Pick up this cute dirty little dinosaur for your preschoolers and you’ll be singing along, too. Highly recommended.
Add this book to your collection: I’m a Dirty Dinosaur
I’m a Dirty Dinosaur, by Janeen Brian and Ann James, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Follow along with our articles tagged with Bath Time, Dinosaurs, Rhyming Text, and Board Books to discover more great books for young kids.