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Time to Read: Bumposaurus
     

Time to Read: Bumposaurus

by Penny McKinlay, Britta Teckentrup (Illustrator)
 

A dinosaur who finds out the hard way that it's all right to be different. Created in consultation with a literary specialist, these editions contain the complete original stories, designed to support children who are gaining confidence in reading. With engaging illustrations, entertaining stories and new words to learn, these books are perfect for young readers to

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A dinosaur who finds out the hard way that it's all right to be different. Created in consultation with a literary specialist, these editions contain the complete original stories, designed to support children who are gaining confidence in reading. With engaging illustrations, entertaining stories and new words to learn, these books are perfect for young readers to read on their own.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Amusingly yet sensitively told, this is perfect for young children who have the same problem and may feel embarrassed."

  • "The four new titles include a particular favourite: Bumposaurus by Penny McKinlay, the story of the short signed dinosaur which has a hugely positive message for any young child..."

"These books are a useful addition to the large range of early-reading books currently on offer."

"Amusingly yet sensitively told, this is perfect for young children who have the same problem and may feel embarrassed."

  • "The four new titles include a particular favourite: Bumposaurus by Penny McKinlay, the story of the short signed dinosaur which has a hugely positive message for any young child..."

"These books are a useful addition to the large range of early-reading books currently on offer."

Children's Literature
Bumposaurus, otherwise known as Bumpy, is a very shortsighted Brontosaurus. He is always running into things, tripping or eating his siblings instead of leaves. Bumpy tries to confide in his father that he thinks something is wrong with him, but it turns out, he is talking to a tree instead of his father. Getting no response from the tree, Bumpy thinks he has to leave home. His adventures lead him to the top of a volcano, over the backs of crocodiles and into the lair of a sleeping Tyrannosaurus Rex. Bumpy thinks he has found his family and curls up next to the T-Rex and goes to sleep. The next morning he wakes up to find that he is about to be eaten as dessert. At the last moment Bumpy's family comes and rescues him. When they return to their home, Bumpy's grandmother is waiting for him with a gift. She gives Bumpy glasses and finally he can see. The illustrations are bright and cheerful. Young readers may enjoy picking out the different shapes and counting Bumpy's brothers and sisters. The author's aim is to playfully describe the need for Bumpy to have glasses. Adults may find this book a useful tool in getting children to open up a dialog about a possible need for glasses. 2003, Penguin Putman Books for Young Readers, Ages 3 to 6.
— Debbie Bohn
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The title character is a baby dinosaur who is "so nearsighted, he couldn't find his way out of his egg." He falls in a bog, crashes into friends, and mistakes his sister's tail for leaves. After he gets lost and narrowly escapes a Tyrannosaurus whom he mistakes for mother, Grandma loans the young dino some eyeglasses and Bumposaurus can see at last. With their large eyes and expressive faces, the cartoon characters are fairly appealing, and the text, peppered with occasional alliteration, reads well enough aloud. The hero's problem sets up several humorous situations, but the series of visual gags seems forced. When Bumposaurus mistakes a tree for his father and nearly walks into hot lava, he seems dumb or unobservant, rather than merely nearsighted. He returns home "covered in bumps," but since he only hit his head on a tree once, it's not clear how he got them. Grandma's eyeglasses indicate that vision problems are part of this dinosaur world, so why did no one consider that they might apply to the child. The story is clearly lighthearted, but stretching its basic internal logic weakens the humor. Janet Morgan Stoeke's "Minerva Louise" books (Dutton) use funny mistakes more effectively, Amy Hest's Baby Duck and the Bad Eyeglasses (Candlewick, 1996) treats the glasses theme better, and there are plenty of more enjoyable dinosaur picture books available.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847805423
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
12/09/2014
Series:
Time to Read Series
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,000,692
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Penny McKinlay began her career as a news and show business journalist on the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail before joining TV-am as a producer. Also the author of Elephants Don't Do Ballet, she lives in the U.K.Britta Teckentrup's first book was described by Publishers Weekly as "magic." The author and illustrator of over 60 children's books published in over 20 countries, she lives in Berlin.

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