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).
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!
‘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!
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?
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!
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I was sent these books to consider for review purposes – All opinions are honest and are, entirely, my own
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