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Review: The Wondrous Dinosaurium by John Condon and Steve Brown

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Danny wants a pet, but he doesn’t want any old pet. He wants a dinosaur, and he knows exactly where to find one. After several dinosaur-related mishaps, Danny takes home the perfect pet. A humorous story about finding the perfect pet, and seeing wonder in the mundane. 

A total treat for little dinosaur lovers who have dreamed of having a dinosaur of their own. The Dinosaurium and its owner Mr Ree bring a touch of magic to the everyday world. The rhythm of Mr Ree’s speech keeps the story rolling along. No matter how many times Danny returns his pets, Mr Ree has more dinosaurs to sell. 

This would be a great book for teaching adjectives. Mr Ree describes his dinosaurs to Danny – he has chewy ones, slurpy ones, licky ones and burpy ones. The illustrations reinforce these descriptions and add a touch of humour (see Danny covered in dinosaur slobber.) The illustrations are bright and full of character. 

Throughout the story, the reader wants to know which pet Danny will pick. This makes us invested in the story in a similar was to Rod Campbell’s Pet Shop 

A bright and funny book. One for the dinosaur fans. 

 

Louise Nettleton

Thanks to Maverick Arts Publishing for my copy. Opinions my own.

 

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