The Dinosaur That Pooped The Bed, by Tom Fletcher & Dougie Poynter

Danny and Dinosaur need to tidy the mess in their bedroom if they want to watch some cartoons. Danny has a great plan – make Dinosaur eat it all. But just as they think they’ve gotten away with it, there’s a rumbling in Dinosaur’s tummy. Another explosive adventure is about to begin.

The latest addition to the Dinosaur That Pooped series is every bit as funny (and mucky) as its predecessors. It is a book of universal appeal. My two-year-old, who has just started showing an interest in toilet training, loves it and laughs in all the right places. Not surprisingly, ‘poo’ has become her favourite word. My five-year-old nephew thinks it is hilarious and even older children will enjoy the whimsical silliness of it all. Even I’ve enjoyed reading it over and over again as it has become a favourite bedtime story.

The authors, Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter, wrote songs together for nine years in the band McFly before turning their hand to children’s books. Their lyrical background is evident with sentences and rhymes that roll off the tongue. Garry Parson’s illustrations are bright, bold and subtle. While they look simple with just a few colours, the more you look, the more you see. His drawings make for a perfect match.

Fletcher and Poynter have commented in the past that the most important thing in writing this series is about having fun. They’ve definitely achieved that with The Dinosaur That Pooped The Bed. It’s a hilarious little story both children and parents will love.

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Rebekah is an Otago-based mother of two young girls. The former journalist and primary school teacher has a soft spot for New Zealand authors and young adult fiction. Follow her on Twitter.

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