Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Dippy's Big Day Out

Dippy's Big Day Out Jackie French & Bruce Whatley, concept by Ben Smith Whatley (Harper Collins) RRP PB $12.99 HC $24.99 ISBN 9781460754061

Reviewed by Claire Stuckey

Dippy is a dinosaur, a diprotodon. These creatures were the biggest wombats that lived 100,000 years ago. For those children obsessed with dinosaurs the facts must be correct. Now to the story. Dippy has been asleep, but in someone else's nest. So begins his day out, looking for food and finding a new place to rest. Dippy explores his prehistoric world with his fellow creatures sharing rather than enjoying each of his attempts.
Written in simple but humorous rhyme and reminiscent of the original wombat series from this successful team, the book will be popular with both parents and children. There are lots of opportunities for children to guess what happens next and share the trials of this clumsy but loveable character. This book reads well aloud to a group and makes a gorgeous lap sit title to share. Once again Bruce Whatley's illustrations are economical but speak loudly with action and expressions. The title would work well in preschools, library story times and at home for ages 2 to 5 years. 

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