What do you get when you combine kids, dinosaurs and robots? You get D-Bot Squad, an awesome new series for beginner readers from Mac Park, the creator of the Boy vs. Beast series.
Dinosaurs are back. Dino Corp has found a way to bring dinosaurs back to life. They keep them in a secret place but some of them have escaped and it’s up to the D-Bot Squad to catch them. How do you catch real, live dinosaurs though? With dinosaur robots of course. Hunter Marks knows everything there is to know about dinosaurs. But will it be enough to build a d-bot that can catch a real dinosaur?
There are currently four books in the series – Dino Hunter, Sky High, Double Trouble and Big Stink. They are perfect for those kids who are just starting their reading journey as the text is large and easy to read. The stories are exciting, with cliff-hanger endings that will hook readers in. The text is broken up with cool illustrations by James Hart, who has also created appealing covers that boys will love.
D-Bot Squad is perfect for young readers who like the Boy vs. Beast, Zac Power, or the Dinosaur Trouble series by Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley. Young readers will gobble up these first four books and be eagerly awaiting the next in the series. I know just the readers at my school who will love these books, so I know they will be a hit!
There are a huge number of picture books about dinosaurs out there. Given the popularity of dinosaurs with young children it’s wonderful to have so many books to choose from. Some of my recent favourite dinosaur stories have been Dinosaur Police by Sarah McIntyre and The Dinosaurs are Having a Party by Gareth P. Jones and Garry Parsons. Tyranno-sort-of-Rex by Christopher Llewelyn and illustrated by Scott Tulloch is a brand new picture book about dinosaurs, full of dinosaurs that you haven’t met before.
Tyranno-sort-of-Rex follows a shipment of dinosaur bones from the desert where they’re dug up, across the oceans, arriving at a museum for a special exhibition. The bones get packed neatly into boxes, with ‘the name of each dinosaur stamped on its case.’ However, when the bones arrive at the museum the boxes are shattered and the bones are all out of order. The bones are dropped off in a heap at the museum and it’s up to the curator to put the ‘fossilised jigsaw’ together. The results of the curators efforts are hilarious! He creates dinosaurs with huge heads and short legs, dinosaurs with two heads, and dinosaurs with incredibly long necks. You wonder if he will ever manage to put them together the right way.
Tyranno-sort-of-Rex is a rollicking tale about a Jurassic problem that is solved with a bit of creativity. Kids will laugh out loud as the curator creates some interesting new dinosaurs. Christopher Llewelyn’s text is a joy to read aloud and really rolls off your tongue. I love the refrain that features throughout the book, ‘WHIZZ went the drill, and his hammer went WHACK! Checking his work the curator stepped back…’ I can’t just see children joining in and making the sounds. This refrain helps to give a sense of suspense, as you turn the page to find out what the curator has created next. Scott Tulloch’s illustrations are the perfect fit for the story. I especially love his illustrations of what the strange new dinosaurs might have looked like.
Grab a copy of Tyranno-sort-of-Rex and share it with the dinosaur fan in your life.
Scholastic have just released two great new dinosaur picture books for the young dinosaur fan in your life, Dino Bites! by Algy Craig Hall and Dinosaurs in the Supermarket by Timothy Knapman and Sarah Warburton.
Dino Bites! by Algy Craig Hall is like a dinosaur version of There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly. It starts with ‘This is the dinosaur looking for lunch. This is the lunch looking for a snack…’ and continues on with smaller dinosaurs each time, all looking for something to eat. However, their food is still buzzing and wriggling inside their tummies and with one big BURP everything is back in order. The story is simple enough for even the smallest dinosaur fan to enjoy and the illustrations are appealing because they’re bright and bold. The front cover is sure to jump out at children, with the big T-Rex with its mouth open wide.
Dinosaurs in the Supermarket by Timothy Knapman and Sarah Warburton will appeal to dinosaur fans young and old. I’m sure it’s almost every kid’s fantasy to meet an actual dinosaur, but what would happen if you went shopping with your mum and dinosaurs were everywhere? The boy in the story sees a ‘T-Rex gobbling sausages…Stegosaurus spilling beans…and Apatosaurs chucking frozen peas,’ but when he tries to show his mum, the dinosaurs hide. It’s not long before the dinosaurs have created a huge mess, but the boy gets the dinosaurs to play a game of Supermarket Clean-up. Dinosaur fans will recognise their favourite types of dinosaurs in the story and will have fun trying to find the dinosaurs in their hiding places. The rhyming text is fun to read and the illustrations will have kids in stitches. Sarah Warburton has obviously had a lot of fun creating havoc with her dinosaurs on the page and making a huge mess of the supermarket.
It’s always exciting to discover new dinosaur books because they’re always so popular with young readers. I highly recommend both of these picture books and I know they will have children laughing (and roaring) along with the story.
Like many boys around the country I look forward to a new Dinosaur Rescue book from the wonderful Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley. Each book gives me my dose of prehistoric facts, disgusting dinosaur behaviour and wild adventures with Arg the brainy cave boy. Arg’s latest adventure is Scuto-stickysaurus.
In Scuto-stickysaurus, disgusted by his family’s eating habits, Arg leaves his cave to search for the cause of the terrible noise that is filling the air. He discovers a Scutosaurus, a very slow, heavily armoured dinosaur, and he sets off to save it from his tribe’s hunting party. It’s not long before he finds himself stuck to the Scutosaurus with no way to pry himself loose. It’s up to his good friend Skeet to rescue him and the Scutosaurus before it’s too late.
Scuto-stickysaurus has the perfect mix of fact, fiction and stinky dinosaurs that I love about this very cool series. In this book you can:
- Learn how to look like a Neanderthal,
- Find out about a prehistoric trip to the dentist,
- Get some jungle survival tips (Bear Grylls style)
- Learn about dangerous jungle plants
- Discover the perfect way to escape a Deadly Mouth Plant.
There’s also plenty of dinosaur poo and farts to go around, and when it comes to these, Arg is always in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s the combination of the story and the illustrations that makes this series so hilarious. Scuto-stickysaurus is the 7th book in the series and it’s just as good as the 1st book, T-wreck-asaurus. I hope that Kyle and Donovan have got plenty more ideas up their sleeves for Arg’s future adventures.
Thanks to Scholastic New Zealand I have 2 copies of Scuto-stickysaurus to give away. You can enter here.
Scuto-stickysaurus is the latest book in Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley’s disgusting and hilarious Dinosaur Rescue series. Each book gives me my dose of prehistoric facts, disgusting dinosaur behaviour and wild adventures with Arg the brainy cave boy. You can read my review here.
Did you know there is an awesome new Dinosaur Rescue website? Head to www.dinosaur-rescue.com to have a look at all the interesting information and cool activities.
Thanks to Scholastic New Zealand I have a Dinosaur Rescue prize pack to give away, including a copy of Scuto-stickysaurus and 2 other Dinosaur Rescue books . To get in the draw all you have to do is enter your name and email address in the form below, and tell me 2 things that you can find at www.dinosaur-rescue.com. Competition closes Wednesday 28 November (NZ only).
Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner is Annette.