I’m always happy to see Barefoot books, all the ones I’ve seen are written and illustrated in a unique, gentle style, with educational and emotional messages which also manage to be fun at the same time.
This book has lots to look at and talk about (spot the snail on each page) with a bouncy rhyming narrative which I think children will get different things from at different ages. For older children the illustrations might even inspire them to create their own pictures in a similar collage style.
So far, our paperback version is still in good shape, but our 19 month old has just reached the stage of lobbing everything across the room so I might advise getting the hardback version for boisterous toddlers who are starting to ‘read’ alone…
Also included as well as the story are notes on a number of dinosaurs, and extra information on the dinosaur era, which gives the book added depth for older children.
The theme centres around introducing a number of different dinosaurs and their habits, there isn’t much of a storyline beyond that, but I guess for children obsessed by dinosaurs, who needs much more?!
3.5 stars plus an extra half a star for the good price from Natural Nursery!
SC, Feb 2011