Thursday, 27 November 2014

'The Dinosaur that Pooped...' series by by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter - Review and Christmas Giveaway!

Just in time for Christmas I have three rather naughty, but also quite clever and very very funny books to show you (and at the end you'll have a chance to win your own set). Quite some time back I heard that two of the cheeky chaps from the band McFly had put their hand to writing children's books but never got around to getting them (partly due to my sensitivity to Ethan using words like 'bum' and 'butt' but we'll go in to that more a bit later) - I'm so glad we have had the chance to read them, though, as there's actually much more to them than just poo (admittedly it's a pretty big part of it).
I've always had a bit of a soft spot for the McFly boys due to a school friend being a massive fan - I've been in to rock and metal music for as long as I can remember so joining her at McFly gigs, learning so much about them and knowing a lot of their songs word-for-word didn't come naturally to me. But looking back on it I do still remember those times as lovely and still remember far too much about that rowdy bunch of music makers.



Regarding me and my issues with books about poo and the word 'butt'... I used to swear quite a lot but, obviously, that turned in to not at all when Ethan was around. I've always been very aware, after having worked in schools myself, that it isn't just swear words that we need to worry about with our little ones - Words like bum, butt, fart, stupid and shut up are all things I've avoided with Ethan because I thought the longer until he started using them, the better, partly for my sake, partly for when he started school. That's not to say I have a problem with anyone else using those terms with their kids (I know some awesome parents who do), I'm just a bit prudish about it, though not really sure why... the end of this story is that Ethan's been in school for a few months and he uses most of those words now, haha, so I'm not anywhere near as worried about them, now, and as long as he knows they're cheeky, and not to say them to his teacher... well I've read books about dinos pooping, with him, so you can probably guess I'm not as worried now.

Anyway... yes, we're reviewing books aren't we!


Honestly, the baubles weren't placed deliberately - Totally random but rather well positioned don't you think, hehe.

'The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas' is the first of the trio of books - Put simply it's about a little boy called Danny (can't help but assume that's a cheeky dig at Tom and Dougie's fellow band-mate) who's very greedy and wants more and more for Christmas. So, obviously, Santa gives him a really hungry dinosaur instead! The dinosaur goes on to EAT Christmas, from the decorations and the tree, to the food and his Granny!

Obviously Danny is really sad, and begins to cry, so what does the Dino do to rectify the problem? Well there's only one answer, he poops it all back out and Danny promises that he won't be greedy again next year. The story is rather simple, but there's a good moral in there, don't be too greedy boys and girls! Of course, the odds of a dinosaur eating their family are low, but still, this way of telling them is likely to stick in their minds, haha.

The thing that I liked, the most, about the book is the rhyme - You can see that the guys have put their lyrical talents to good work in the writing of these pages, and I just Have to believe that there are influences of Dr Seuss in there; the way the rhymes flow and the use of language just screams Dr Seuss to me and that can Only be a good thing!

The second book that was brought out was 'The Dinosaur that Pooper a Planet' - As you'd expect, when a Dino eats your Christmas, Danny and Dinosaur are friends now. Mum warns them to make sure to take their packed lunch with them when they do to the space museum but they forget, Oh No!

Of course, as always happens, when Danny and Dinosaur spend their day at the museum they find a space ship with the perfect space in it for a Dino and a boy and before long they're in space... but Dinosaur gets hungry. It goes without saying that Dino eats the spaceship... and the moon... and the stars and don't forget some Martians too! Poor Danny gets really upset when he realises that they're stranded so there's only one thing that the dinosaur can do... oh yes, all of that food turns him into a giant poo rocket and before long they're home and that evening, when they gaze at the moon, they see his poop, turned in to a whole new planet!

This is the first of the books that Ethan and I read together and he thought it was fantastic, he giggled along and when it came to 'What was the only thing that Dinosaur could do?' he knew, with a resounding confidence, that the answer was POO! (and, of course, he hadn't read the other books so this proves that he was able to follow the story and guess what'd happen next). When I asked Ethan what he thought about the book he said 'It was so good because he did a poo' - I mean, goodness, what better a commendation can you get?


The newest of the three books (it's only been out a few months) is 'The Dinosaur That Pooped the Past' - This is, without a doubt, my favourite of the three books but I'll explain why in a mo.

In this story Danny and Dinosaur are celebrating Granny's '1008th' birthday and she cooks themm lots of green and sprouty food. Danny's not too fond but, lucky for him, Dino loves eat and he eats his own and Danny's too! After their veggie dinner they pop outside for a play on Granny's tree swing which just happens to be....  dun dun dunnnn a time travel device! They travel back to the time of the dinosaurs but the swing breaks and they get stuck there, they meet three new friends Dino Dude A, B and C who try to help as a volcano erupts and threatens to extinguish them all.... things don't go too well but, thankfully, Dinosaur has a plan and all of that green and gassy food from Granny helps him do such a big poop that it gets them moving at 80mph and sends them back to the future! Along the journey Dinosaur's poop invades various points of history before they end up back in Granny's garden, but the Dino Dudes have hitched a ride!

Now, many of you may have guessed why I liked this one so much, not sure? Well I love that the McFly guys (Yes, McFly as in 'Back to the Future') managed to incorporate time travel in to this one and they even reference the film by noting that Dinosaur reaches 80mph - It's a really nice tip of the hat to the grown-ups with this one.

The Seuss-like language continues through all of the books and I just love it as it feels a little like it evokes some of the similar magic. The stories are simple but they're lots of fun and kids are bound to laugh at poop... it seems we all must give in to that knowledge, as hard as it might be. Honestly, though, these are going to be some very popular bed time stories in this house and 'The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas' may well have to be our bedtime story on Christmas eve this year!

Now, it's been a long post, but you may remember that I mentioned a little giveaway? Well that's right, you can win not one, not two, but all three of the Dinosaur that pooped series in my giveaway!

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67 comments:

  1. I use to love Roald Dahl as a child....BFG was one of my faves...;)

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  2. I remember the Borrowers by mary Norton

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  3. I love Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton when I was growing up! The Wishing Chair, The Famous Five and The Faraway Tree Adventures were just some of my favourites!

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  4. I used to have the Roald Dahl books, my fave was James and the Giant Peach. :)

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  5. I don't know if it can be classed as "modern classic" but I have pulled out all of my own goosebumps books and given them to my eldest. She loves them.

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  6. Masquerade, Where the Wild Things Are and........Althea Braithwaite's Desmond the Dinosaur!

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  7. The hungry Caterpiller is one i always remember and is still my favourite now

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  8. Hungry Caterpillar, Enid Blyton Books

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  9. I used to love the Famous Five books

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  10. The magic faraway tree is what I remember and a book I want to read to my children

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  11. The secret seven, and I am now reading them with my 8 year old, he loves them too

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  12. christine shelley27 November 2014 at 14:55

    The Tiger who came to tea - my girls knew every word

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  13. i love the owl that was afraid of the dark, I just got a copy and am now reading it to my little one!

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  14. The tiger who came to tea and all roald dahl books!

    Ashleigh

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  15. Roald Dahl and Nick Butterworth, I don't think they will ever date.

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  16. I loved Nacey Drew - The Girl Detective books

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  17. I used to adore Roald Dahl and I just loved reading the Julia Donaldson books to my brother's and sister's our favourite was a squash and a squeeze still is mine.

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  18. The CAse of the Silver Egg - a children solve crimes by being cleverer than the baddies book

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  19. I used to like Mr men books when I was little and I have bought my son a Mr Men bundle for crimbo so we can enjoy them together :)

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  20. I used to love the hungry caterpiller and my son who is 5 loves it now! x

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  21. I grew up with Rohal Dahl, such amazing books.

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  22. The little red hen! Gran used to read it to me every week

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  23. I remember Biff and Kip and Topsy and Tim. My children love Roald Dhal

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  24. Its got to be The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, going through a wardrobe a wonderland out of sight! to see the snow glistening, windows Cold as cold could be, the snow queen in all of her glory, snow covered landscapes very bright, streams not flowing covered in ice, and no passing of time.

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  25. I loved the borrowers. so much. Can't wait to start rereading with the baby

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  26. I loved Carrie's War by Nina Bawdon & I can't wait to read it to my son and daughter.

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  27. I loved roald dahl as a child my faves were matilda and charlie and the chocolate factory

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  28. i loved the were going on a bear hunt one, that was my favourite :)

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  29. I loved my naughty little sister x

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  30. I used to love a book called chicken licken that my nan used to read to me!

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  31. I used to love the Thomas the Tank Engine books :)

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  32. What books do you remember from growing up? Do you have any 'modern classics' that you love to share with your own little ones?............l had a beautiful edition of Hans Andersens Fairy tales and would read and reread them ad infinitum

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  33. I loved Narnia and so do my children

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  34. My favourite was Enid Blyton's famous five.

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  35. Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables series

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  36. I loved Roald Dahl, hairy mclary books and the jolly postman.

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  37. The Twits by Roald Dahl.

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  38. chicken little, my uncle used to read it in funny voices to me and my twin sister

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  39. I always love The Night Before Christmas and have bought a lovely version for my brand new very first Christmas with a grand child, a six month old little girl <3

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  40. The hungry Caterpiller is one i always remember - leanne w

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  41. Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales and Stories. :)

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  42. I loved enid blyton and we have just started reading the famous five together

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  43. I used to love the Alfie books which I have now bought for my son

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  44. I loved all the Enid Blytons, and then classics like Little Women and The Secret Garden, and of course Roald Dahl, My absolute fave was Chalet School though.

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  45. I loved 'The Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear' - my children love it too!

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  46. The famouse five go off to camp as we had a large family tent .

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  47. I used to like the Ant and Bee books

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  48. Read a lot of enid blyton, my favourite being the faraway chair and the wishing chair x

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  49. I loved the Enid Blyton series - the faraway tree/enchanted forest. Am looking fwd to my daughter learning to read so I can re-live them with her

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  50. I read Enid Blyton books most days when young. I also loved The Just So Stories and have bought a copy for my grandchildren.

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  51. Enid Blyton was my favourite...many happy hours of reading these books

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