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Overview


The delightfully colorful picture book that'll make kids jump up and dance--while learning about dinosaurs--is now available in Bookshelf!

Where can you find a Deinosuchus that practically pirouettes on its tail and a T-Rex that bounds gracefully through the air? Between the pages of Tony Mitton's Dinosaurumpus, where dinosaurs run, boom, shake, and shudder their way to the "sludgy old swamp" and rock the night away. Mitton's delightful rhyme and Parker-Rees's whimsical illustrations will make children want to join in the dance while they learn about some of their favorite prehistoric pals. By the time the romp is over and the dinosaurs are fast asleep, kids won't be able to shake that jumping, thumping Dinosaurumpus beat!

A rhyming tale of Triceratops, Brontosaurus, and even Tyrannosaurus gathering at the swamp to dance.

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This appealing new book from Down by the Cool of the Pool author Tony Mitton and Giraffes Can't Dance illustrator Guy Parker-Rees gets kids romping and stomping in a mammoth-sized dinosaur dance party!

As the repeat phrase goes, when there's a "shake, shake, shudder... / near the sludgy old swamp, / the dinosaurs are coming. / Get ready to romp." Soon, Triceratops are "jumping up and down doing dinosaur hops," the Deinosuchus is spinning on her tail "with her snip-snap grin," and a fang-gnashing Tyrannosaurus barges in to playfully "join in the romp." Of course everyone's invited to join in this rollicking dinosaurumpus that promises to give "a sizzle and a zing," but after a while even the most enthusiastic revelers get tired. But what's "the only noise in the deep of the night" that'll keep you from sleeping? Dinosaur snores, of course!

With vim, vigor, and plenty of reptilian rumbas, Dinosaurumpus! is a rip-roaring read that'll have kids shaking their tail feathers. Cheerful watercolor illustrations from Parker-Rees are perfectly suited to Mitton's rolling rhymes, making this a slam-dunk addition to story time and perfect for reading aloud. With happy dinos like these ready to boogie, your child's dance card will always be full! Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
According to Mitton's (Down by the Cool of the Pool) jazzy rhyming picture book, dinosaurs can cut a rug with the best of them. Triceratops, Pteranodon, Stegosaurus and more get a groove on to create the "Shake, shake, shudder" heard and felt "near the sludgy old swamp," site of the "dinosaur romp." The pronunciation of some dinosaur names may slow the rhythm of the verse at first, but upon repeated readings, the lines scan more smoothly, creating a fun read-aloud. Parker-Rees (Giraffes Can't Dance) relishes in making the prehistoric beasts look light on their feet; even a giant, menacing-looking T-rex joins in with joyful abandon and some limber moves. The artist uses a playfully bright palette to highlight some of the dinosaurs' key physiological features (Stegosaurus's back plates; Styracosaurus's spikes), and simultaneously give the creatures anthropomorphic expressions and mannerisms. This one may not have the scope of Carol Diggory Shields and Scott Nash's Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp, but the thought of the Jurassic monsters transformed into toe-tappin' twirlers makes for great fun. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Dancing Dinosaurs twist, stomp, swing, clatter, and generally gyrate across all the colorful pages of this delightful volume. Rhyming, rapping text introduces the prehistoric characters one at a time. Cavorting onto the boldly colored page, each new dinosaur creates its own rhythmic moves. " Shake, shake, shudder, near the sludgy old swamp. The dinosaurs are coming. Get ready to romp" concludes the introduction and creates anticipation for the next creature to appear. Deinosuchus, Brontosaurus, Pteranodon, Stegosaurus and others are dancing up a storm when, huge Tyrannosaurus "whallops" onto the scene, presumably to crash the party. What he really wants to do is join in the fun. Mitton and Parker-Rees have created a lively combination of poetry and pictures that will have children clapping and snapping their fingers from the first page to the last. This volume offers the perfect opportunity for classroom teachers or parents to prove that poetry comes in many forms and can be lots of fun. 2002, Orchard Books/Scholastic Inc,
— Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 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.
Kirkus Reviews
As long as there are kids, dinosaur books have less chance of extinction than the actual dinosaurs did. And thus, for the benefit of curious and expressive tykes, Mitton and Parker-Rees (Down by the Cool of the Pool, 2002, etc.) serves up yet another, albeit welcome, excursion in paleo-eurhythmics. Should this be read before or after naptime? Let's explicate. It is to be experienced, to be stomped out in character, to be recited aloud as the language reflects reptilian excitement in sound and onomatopoeia. And Parker-Rees's illustrations resound and bounce on a glowing color palette that has consigned earth tones to long-forgotten times. There is noise, dancing, and a sense of largeness that can only lead from the titular rumpus to a . . . nap. Despite fitting into a familiar genre, Mitton has somehow-perhaps through the rhyme, perhaps through sheer ebullience of language-tapped into a satisfying freshness that says stomping out a Dinosaurumpus is for anytime. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Praise for DINOSAURUMPUS! (written by Tony Mitton and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees)
"Perfect for bedtime reading.... 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." --BOOKLIST

"From the swoop and 'Eeeeeek!' of the pteranodon ... 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." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Praise for GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE (written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees)
"Parker-Rees's kicky depictions of slightly anthropomorphic animals boogying on the dance floor are the highlight here. His watercolor and pen-and-ink artwork exudes a fun, party vibe." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439395168
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Tony Mitton has written many wonderful books for children, including DINOSAURUMPUS!, DOWN BY THE COOL OF THE POOL, SPOOKY HOUR, FARMER JOE AND THE MUSIC SHOW, and ALL AFLOAT ON NOAH'S BOAT, all published by Orchard Books, as well as PLUM, published by Arthur A. Levine Books. Mr. Mitton lives in Cambridge, England, with his wife and two children.

Guy Parker-Rees has illustrated many bestselling Orchard books, including K IS FOR KISSING A COOL KANGAROO and THE CHIMPANZEES OF HAPPYTOWN by Giles Andreae; DOWN BY THE COOL OF THE POOL, DINOSAURUMPUS!, and ALL AFLOAT ON NOAH'S BOAT by Tony Mitton; QUIET! by Paul Bright; and THE HIPPO-NOT-AMUS by Tony and Jan Payne. He lives in Brighton, England.

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  • Posted September 26, 2014

    Terrific Tony Mitton

    Our grandkids have loved all the Tony Mitton books. They especially liked the vehicles series (Roaring Rockets, Terrific Trains, etc.) We bought this for pediatrician's office in order to bring Mitton's high level of creativity and interesting delivery of facts to kids in a board book format.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    Great fun!

    I bought this for my nephew who has struggled with reading. He loves dinosaurs and the rhyming and rhythm really grab his interest.

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

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    Party with the Dinosuars!

    My grand-daughter and grandson, ages 4 and 5 really enjoyed this book! The oldest age 9 likes to play along for fun. We really get into it. The story has a lot of repetition so I let the kids finish the sentences and they have a lot of fun with the story too. It's a great bedtime story. The kids have a chance to dance around and sing and shout with the dinosaurs and have FUN before going to bed. At the end of the story the dinosaurs are tired out and sleepy and so are the kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    Great for dinosaur lovers

    My just turned 3 yr old loves this book and asks for it all the time. We often catch him rhyming the words to himself, which is too cute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    Both my sons love this book!

    This is a great book for dinosaur lovers! Its fun with rymthing,dancing and singing and learning all the dinosaur names. Great book to give or just have at home!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    great book one of my son's favorites

    this book is great my four year old son loves it we read it to him every night before he goes to bed it's one of his favorites!!!!!!!!!!!

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