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