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Thursday, 16 March 2017

What's So Special About Dinosaurs?

Do you have little ones that love Dinosaurs? Then you may be interested in this fantastic series of non fiction books by Nicky Dee. Each book is packed full of information about a different dinosaur. The fun facts are presented in an engaging and accessible way with lots of exciting illustrations. There are currently 8 titles available: Megalosaurus, Diplodocus, Leaellynasaura, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Coelophysis, Ankylosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex. The layout of each book is exactly the same so you can easily compare the stats of the different dinos - everything from their height and weight, to just how they measured up when it came to speed, braininess and even scariness! Eek!

Last year we were lucky enough to visit the Natural History Museum in London as well as also the summer dinosaur exhibition at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Since then I have been keen to find interesting dinosaur books that are very reader (mummy) friendly. We received two books from this series to review and so we have been able to compare the huge, plant eating Diplodocus with the much lighter, quicker and scarier, meat eating Megalosaurus. 

Initially I thought The Mini Reviewers (5, 3 and 1) may find the images in these books a little frightening but, no, instead they loved them! They took great delight in placing the books side by side to compare the different dinosaurs as they looked at each page in turn. It is safe to say that the kids' thought the books were fantastic and even though they are a little young to fully appreciate all the information, I think they will learn more and more from this series as they get older. I am also pleased to tell you there is even assistance in pronouncing the dinosaurs' names making the books extremely reader (mummy) friendly so we can ALL enjoy our dino education together!

We have also signed up to the What's So Special Club which is completely free and you get sent regular fun activities, such as colouring sheets and puzzles, to compliment the books. To find out more about the series and the What's So Special Club click here.

*Disclaimer: We received What's So Special About Megalosaurus? and What's So Special About Diplodocus? for the purpose of review. All opinions are, as always, our own.