Random House, 2015
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
It’s Saturday night and there is a great sense of anticipation in the line-up at the door of the disco. The doors, open, the crown surges, music starts to pump… and the dinosaurs surge into the hall! Each has their own unique style – styracosaurus salsa, corythosuarus crumps and maisaura moonwalks across the shiny floor – but it doesn’t matter because each is having fun and loving what they are doing. With the disco ball and lights flashing, the conga line snakes across the floor until the music stops, the ground begins to shake, there’s an eerie silence and some of the little dinosaurs dive for cover. What could have cast such a pall of gloom over the fun and frivolity?
If you looking for a raucous, rollicking book that young dinosaur lovers can really get into, then this is perfect. In their amazing way, they will get their tongues around the difficult and unfamiliar names and will move and groove with the dancers. They will hold their breath when the intruder arrives but delight in the ending, joining in with great gusto.
Dinosaurs are perennial favourites with young readers – and they can never get enough of them. Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, old and new titles are eagerly sought and this one combines the best of both worlds as there is a pronunciation guide as well as some fast facts about the champions in the book. Bright illustrations add to the appeal and while somewhat stylised they are close enough to the child’s perception of each species, they will delight in being able to identify them. Definitely one for the collection but it needs to have some loud music going to get the atmosphere happening for a memorable storytime.