Thursday, May 12, 2011
A few weeks ago when we were at the library, the librarian overheard my son singing along to the Animal Boogie as we were reading it. "If you like the Animal Boogie," she told him, "you'll like this one, too," and she handed us Dinosaurumpus. I can't help but say the words to a funky little beat, and my son loves to dance around like the dinosaurs while we read it. It's rhymes are great, the illustrations are colorful, and it's just an all-around fun book to read. It features some of the classic dinosaurs that we all know and love -- stegosaurus, triceratops, tyrannosaurus -- but introduces some other good new species, as well (though I'm not always sure I'm pronouncing them correctly. Deinosuchus? Deinonychuses? I make my best guess and sing on, trying not to interrupt the flow!) It's actually a really cute story to read before bed, too, as all the dinosaurs eventually get tired from their rumpus and fall fast asleep at the end. Just like my son, they seem to be able to go from all-out rumpus mode to sleep in a matter of minutes. There's a fun chorus that is repeated on each page, making it easy for kids to sing along and feel the beat as you read. "Shake, shake, shudder near the sludgy old swamp. The dinosaurs are coming. Get ready to romp!" If your child loves dinosaurs, dancing, or sing-along stories, Dinosaurumpus is bound to be a hit.