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Dinosaurumpus! Paperback – March 1, 2009

4.8 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-In a kinetic and goofy rhyming story, various denizens of the dinosaur world gather to join in a noisy, wild dance. This is another successful read-stamp-shout-giggle-sing-aloud from the author-illustrator duo who created Down by the Cool of the Pool (Orchard, 2002). This title shares with its predecessor an ever-increasing frenzy until the final few pages, when the "rompers drift together/and tumble in a heap-/`til finally the dinosaurs/are all fast asleep." From the swoop and "Eeeeeek!" of the pteranodon and the tail-thumping "Thwack! Thwack! Thwack!" of the brontosaurus (kids will no doubt offer its proper name) to the high-kicking "Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!" of the T. rex, each animal presents a fine opportunity for vocal and physical silliness that will be welcome wherever blood-stirring activity is needed. The colorful, eye-popping illustrations are sure to entice, and the recurring appearance of two small furry mammalians, while inaccurate from a natural history standpoint, provide a wry counterpoint to the action. A caveat for read-alouds: many of these names-deinosuchus, deinonychuses, and even styracosaurus-will not trip off the tongue without a fair amount of practice.
Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

PreS. "Shake, shake, shudder . . . near the sludgy old swamp. The dinosaurs are coming. Get ready to romp." A neon-bright Brontosaurus, a dancing Deinosuchus, and other raucous dinos gather at the swamp for a wild, earth-pounding party in this exuberant picture book. Mitton's gleeful rhymes introduce dinosaur species as they rumble and boogie across the spreads in irresistible, color-saturated cartoonlike artwork that shows the humor and farce of the giant beasts shaking their scales and tails. The book ends with a nighttime scene of sleeping dinosaurs that's perfect for bedtime reading: "Now the only noise in the deep of the night is dinosaur-snoring 'til the next day's light." It's sure to be a big hit at story hours, too; expect young listeners to jump up and add their own wriggles and shakes to the dinosaur party. Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043939516X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439395168
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Vargo on September 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old loves dinosaurs, so I bought this book without really looking at it. I am so glad that I did, because it has become our favorite book -- and NOT because of the dinosaurs. My son loves hearing the rhymes and the repetitions (like an advanced "Brown Bear, Brown Bear") and often repeats them with me. He also quotes the silly rhymes as he plays with other toys. At night, we act out the story and he has quite a "rumpus" before settling down to sleep. All in all, a cute fun book that any child will adore and one that parents will like as it teaches rhymes and sounds of words in a fun way.
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This book rules! I have read this to preschooler's and they love it. My friend taught a drama class for pre-schoolers and had them do a little dance to it with motions and sing the rhyme. The parents loved it, the kids loved it, and it was the cutest thing to watch! I definitely recommend this book to anyone with small children.
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This book is adorable. The pictures are colorful, the text rhymes and the story is simple but enticing. We enjoy this book almost every night these days. Some of the dinosaur names are hard to say, but we still love it!
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My 3 yr old loves this book too. He can actually recite it by heart- dinosaur names and everything. We also have Dazzling Diggers and I just realized today they are written by the same person- prompting me to come look at Amazon for more Mitton books.
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This is a very appropriate book for little children who love dinosaurs. The pictures are bright and lively. There are many rhymes that kids love. The contents are truly harmless and does not use inappropriate language. The pages are thick and sturdy. Just get it if your little one loves dinos!
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A Kid's Review on February 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My teacher read this to us at school. Every single page of that book is good. Dinosaurs play really loudly. I was a little bit scared the first time I heard it, because the T-rex ran out. But now i am not scared anymore and it is REALLY fun to read.
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This book is so much fun. I am a bit of a kid's book bibliophile. I have sooo many books because story time with my children is one of my most treasured times. Anyways, this book has quickly become a favorite. I actually find myself singing the words throughout my day. It is super catchy- and who doesn't love dancing dinos??!
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We got this book as party favors for my son's 3rd birthday party, and I think the kids really liked it. I know my son loves the book and insisted on reading it every night for a couple weeks. Very colorful, and even though it's a paperback book it's nice and big and isn't too flimsy.
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