I don’t have kids so usually steer clear of reviewing children’s books. However… when I was offered the opportunity review Dinosaur Dump I couldn’t say no as I immediately thought of my favourite (just turned) 4yr old, Pickle, as it features two of his favourite things: dinosaurs and poo.
It’s billed as…
An ex-STINK-tion story that will bowel you over!
Regular readers may recall Pickle is the son of my closest friend here on the Fraser Coast. He’s a delight and the cutest thing EVER.
I had this great plan to hand Dinosaur Dump over to Pickle and his mother to read and then later interview Pickle. I envisaged our discussion would involve some in-depth analysis about man’s inhumanity to man and the existential crisis which confronts us as we consider our own mortality. Typical 4yr old stuff.
However… when I took the book to a recent lunch he wanted me to read it again and again. So his mum captured the second and third readings for your viewing pleasure. I’ve obviously edited a bit out as I didn’t think the authors would want me sharing the entire book with my readers, but you get the idea!
It’s very short – just 2mins 30 seconds and I should also mention this is my first attempt at editing a video so I want to apologise in advance! 😉
I suspect you thought I was joking when I said this book was about poo. It really really is. And it’s kinda gross. But kids—especially boys who seem obsessed by that stuff—will love it.
I’ve never reviewed a kid’s book before and assume it’s pointless to talk about plot and pacing. The language is pretty simple though includes some Aussie colloquialisms, like “let it rip”. And I had to explain a few phrases to Pickle….which is probably a good thing – like queue, riot and grossness. His just-turned-4yr old little mind ‘got’ it though and completely understood when I explained dinosaurs weren’t really extinct because they drowned in their own poo. Although….
Pickle and his mother also took this book to his daycare where a teacher read it to the kids. She posted a pic later saying,
Thank you to Pickle and his mum for bringing this very funny story in for us to enjoy. It was a great start to our day with fits of laughter setting the mood for the rest of the day. I explained to them that when they laugh, that feeling they get is happiness.
I (Pickle) received a copy of this book from the publishers for review purposes. (Ages 3+)
Does this sort of book appeal to the kids or grandkids in your life?
Is the fascination re bodily functions more of a boy thing?