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The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet! by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter

I bought this for Zach’s birthday after having Tom Fletcher recommended by another mum on Facebook.

Tom and Dougie are best known for being part of McFly but have also collaborated on a number of books. The first thing that surprised me was that it is a rhyming book. I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting this as they are obviously more than capable of writing lyrics with rhythmic timing.

The story begins with Danny and his dinosaur going to a museum and then taking a rocket into space. They realise they haven’t got any food (disaster!) and the dinosaur starts eating everything including the rocket so Danny is upset at the thought they can’t get home. The dinosaur uses its poo to propel them back to Earth. The kids really enjoyed listening to me read this book and thought the notion of poo was hilarious.

I had a couple of issues with the book. Firstly, how much of a packed lunch were they going to take for the dinosaur if he gets that hungry?! Secondly, the images of poo were a bit too like diarrhoea and surely farting (propulsion of gas) would be better to get them back home… Sorry for being pedantic!

Overall the book was bright, clever, and highly enjoyable. We may well buy more in the series.


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  1. I’ve heard a lot about Tom Fletcher’s children’s books, but they’re a bit old for my daughter so haven’t read any of them yet. I can imagine the poo theme is a winner with children, but adults not so much!

    Helen x

  2. I remember receiving the entire catalogue of the dinosaur that pooped books and giving them to my nephew who was 2/3 then and he loved them. Such a cool little series of books.

  3. I keep seeing this book at our local bookshop, but still haven’t bought it. It sounds quite funny thought and I’m sure the boys would love it.

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