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Dinosaur Stories

The stories on this page all feature dinosaurs, real and imaginary. If you're looking for books with plenty of dinosaur facts, try our dinosaur facts page.

The Dirty Great Dinosaur
by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Leonie Lord
(Orchard Books)
Hal and his dog are playing in the garden when all of a sudden “Grrrrrrr”, in charges a Dirty Great Dinosaur, a very hungry creature with designs on Hal, or his mum, dad or even Billy the dog. But just because Hal is small, that doesn’t mean he won’t stand up to threats to him or his loved ones. With Billy’s help and the garden hose, he soon has the DGM trussed up and tamed.
   Soft focus illustrations and varied, interesting page layouts add to the fun for readers and listeners. Great fun for sharing and encouraging imaginations to soar.
(reviewed by Jill Bennett)
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Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs Missing Treasure!
by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto
(Puffin Books)
Dinosaur loving Flinn is delighted when he learns that his class is to visit the museum to see the dinosaur skeletons. But it’s more than dinosaur bones that grab the attention of Flinn and his classmates – there’s an empty display case that should have contained the treasure of infamous pirate, Captain Rufus Rumbleberry. Before long Flinn and friends, accompanied by none other than the grandson of Rumblebelly, are hot on the trail of the marauding Tyrannosaurus Rex and his dastardly dinosaur pirate gang. There’s much ‘yo ho ho-ing, not to mention slashing and crashing of swords and claws. But there’s one thing that scares the wits out of even the supposedly fearless Giganotosaurus; it’s creepy and crawly with eight legs - shiver me timbers surely it’s not a …
A rip roaring yarn with plenty to grip both dinosaur and pirate fans. The comic cartoon compositions comprise cut-outs and collage as well as painted characters and crayon markings, all of which combine to create a stimulating visual narrative to accompany the rumbustuous verbal telling.
(reviewed by Jill Bennett)
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Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here Come the Dinosaurs!
by Kaye Umansky, illustrated by Nick Sharratt
(Picture Puffin)
Guaranteed noisy fun if you share this one with the under fives. There are fifteen short rhymes all featuring mock scary dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes engaging in such activities (apart from the obvious title ones) as making friends, hatching, hunting or even just sitting and watching life go by. Each rhyme is given a double page spread, many are voiced by the creatures themselves and all are illustrated in bold, brash colours. THe pictures include some not quite scientifically accurate cave people and even the odd mouse, but that’s something to talk about with young audiences who will doubtless love joining in the banging, crashing, munching, crunching, stamping, clapping and flapping.
(reviewed by Jill Bennett)
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Tyrannosaurus Drip
by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts
When a duckbill dinosaur’s egg accidentally ends up in the nest of a T Rex, the baby duckbill’s instincts just don’t fit with those of Mother T. Mocked for being gentle and vegetarian, he sets off on his own and becomes a hero. As you’d expect with a book by Julia Donaldson, the story is told in rollicking rhyme and all ends happily in the end (for the duckbills anyway).
Watch Julia Donaldson talk about this book
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Astrosaurs: Riddle of the Raptors
by Steve Cole
(Random House)
The dinosaurs didn't die out after that meteor hit earth: not according to this book, anyway. They were far more intelligent that any of us have previously suspected, and the last of the dinosaurs had flown off into outer space before the meteor struck.
     This is the first book in the highly successful Astrosaurs series that's set in the Jurassic Quadrant - an area of outer space populated with dinosaurs, where there is constant friction between the red planets controlled by the carnivores and the green ones controlled by the vegetarians. Captain Teggs Stegasaurus and his crew of the Sauropod have to rescue two kidnapped athletes and foil the raptor's plan to ruin the Great Dinosaur Games.
    With black and white illustrations to break up the text, this funny, fast moving story should attract young readers, especially boys, and keep them turning the pages. Then, if they're really hooked, they've got the rest of the series to read too.
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Dinosaur Chase
by Benedict Blathwayt
( Red Fox)
Fin the dinosaur isn't big and tough like the gang of dinosaur bullies who threaten him: his legs are spindly, his ankles knobbly, his tail bony and he has 'fluffy arms'. But when it comes to the chase, Fin finds he has unknown reserves that he can call upon in his hour of need.
    A story about bullying is made more accessible through the use of the dinosaur setting and there is a wealth of prehistoric detail to explore in the paintings both full page and strip format. Fin himself is a creature of imagination though the bully dinosaurs are real enough, and the final factual page discusses the possibility of a link between dinosaurs and birds.
(reviewed by Jill Bennett)
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Rotten and Rascal!
by Paul Geraghty
(Red Fox)
A splendid cautionary tale featuring pterosaur twins whose shouting, squabbling, screaming and screeching never ceases as each endeavours to prove his supremacy over his sibling. Then comes a dispute over the ownership of a fish - something that calls for arbitration from fellow dinosaurs. But this leads to even more adversarial action until something stops them dead in their tracks.
    An alliterative feast of fun awaits readers and listeners as they pore over Paul Geraghty's paintings of prehistoric landscapes populated by punk dinosaurs with a penchant for piercings. Add to that the almost throwaway final sentence and this is bound to be a winner.
(reviewed by Jill Bennett)
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Tyson the Terrible
by Diane and Christysan Fox
( Bloomsbsury}
Three little dinosaurs playing football hear a distant booming sound. It must be Tyson the Terrible, the fiercest dinosaur in all the world they decide, and he's getting nearer. The trio have never seen the dreaded Tyson, but they've heard plenty about him. As they tell each other the alarming details, that BOOM BOOM BOOM comes ever closer; but. surely that can't be a sob? The trio are in for a surprise when they come face to face with a tiny snivelling tyrannosaurus, but then there's another surprise in store.
    The bright, saurian characters, thickly outlined in black, are almost cuddlesome, and even Tyson is funny rather than really scary - if you ignore his teeth that is! Strongly bound with thick card pages this book should stand up to the inevitable re-readings that are sure to be demanded by the very young.
(reviewed by Jill Bennett)
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A Dinosaur Called Tiny
by Alan Durant, illustrated by Jo Simpson
( Harper Collins)
Tiny is poked fun at and shunned by his peers on account of his diminutive stature. Just when he's feeling very sorry for himself, he is befriended by a little bird, Archie. who assures Tiny it's because he likes him rather than on account of his size. This gives an enormous boost to Tiny's spirit so when he learns of the great danger that fellow dinosaur, Tyro is in, he is able to draw on his inner reserves and, with Archie's help, lead him to safety.
   A reassuring story, which demonstrates that appearances can be deceptive: big hearts can be found in small packages too.
(reviewed by Jill Bennett)
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How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
(Harper Collins)
Imagine a dinosaur on his way to school or in the classroom - does he behave sensibly or does he stop others learning? What about in the playground - a bully perhaps? But no; these are model pupils brilliantly illustrated by Mark Teague who manages to adeptly paint wonderfully patterned dinosaurs with faces just as expressive as their human peers, teachers and parents. These take centre stage in a series of hilarious scenes - albeit very American ones - each prehistoric visitor being scientifically named. The rhyming text is a little creaky in places, but the whole is great fun nevertheless.
    This is the most recent in a series of How Do Dinosaurs .? titles - all equally enjoyable.
(reviewed by Jill Bennett)
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