I’m getting in the festive mood today with a picture book review.
The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter & Garry Parsons (illustrator). Red Fox.
Danny wants everything for Christmas.
But what he gets is a dinosaur, a very hungry dinosaur.
Danny’s new dino eats up all of Chrismas, but as we all know, what goes in must come out…
Danny is about to have most EXPLOSIVE Christmas of his life!
There’s poop, presents and prehistoric creatures in this festive feast!
I don’t actually know where to start with reviewing this book. It’s funny, it has a strong message… but it’s utterly gross in the best, funniest, cringiest way. If the title isn’t a big giveaway that poop is going to feature in this book, the decoration of the cover certainly makes it clear. And yet, I still wasn’t prepared for the poop levels the last few pages of the book contain.
The book is about Danny. He’s an incredibly spoilt little boy who has absolutely no concept of the idea that Christmas is about anything other than an opportunity for his already oversized collection of toys and games to grow even bigger. Father Christmas decides to teach him a lesson, leaves him a dinosaur who proceeds to eat everything and then gets an attack of the guilts and poops it all back out so Christmas can be restored.
The story is told in rhyming text and is really funny. It’s jointly authored by McFly members Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter, they’re putting their writing skills to a completely different format here and they pull it off well. Garry Parsons’ illustrations go really well with the text, I particularly loved how expressive all of the characters were.
This book is not going to be to everyone’s tastes. But those who are going to like it are going to really, really like it. I think this is a welcome addition to the ever growing collection of Christmas themed stories, there’s a giftset version that comes with a plush version of the dinosaur – I think this will make a great gift!