"We were trying not to snorus
(sometimes school is such a borus),
when we heard a growling chorus
floating down the corridorus."
Three children spy a dinosaur walking through the school... followed by another... and another... and another! They decide to follow them - and what a surprise they find!
Shhh, kids! Join in and find out where those spiky, stompy, swishy dinosauruses are going... but don't let them see you!
The story is by Kyle Mewburn, and the illustrations are by Daron Parton.
The illustrations in this story are not your typical children's book type, they are dark muted colours, with large looming 'scary' shadows. When images of the actual dinosaurs come, there are glimpses of them in the beginning, encouraging the readers to predict who is creeping around the school. This draws the children into the story encouraging their prediction and the darker colours prompt a 'scary' (in a very child friendly way) element. As the book progresses the images get lighter and brighter, helping to 'tell' the story in a way that children can immediately connect with, and helps them to 'read' or recall, the story once they are familiar with it, without an adults help.
The text is a mixture of real dinosaur names, and made-up words, to ensure that it rhymes, as with all good children's books there is an element of repetition, which encourages the children to join in with the story. The words are printed on the page in a fun way, that lead the readers eyes, any key words are written in bold, to help the reader emphasise them.
The author is encouraging children not to fear the unknown, and it's based in a school setting, so it opens up conversations around settling in at school and making new friends. For a dinosaur lover this would be a great book. It's probably not one I would add to my collection, as a favourite daily read, but I think for a child that had anxiety about new situations or starting school it would be a great tool.
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