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Jan 15 2014

Yikes, stinkysaurus! By Pamela Butchart and Sam Lloyd

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Bloomsbury, 2013. ISBN 9781408837078.
(Age: 3-6) Dinosaurs. Humour. Smells. Baths. Stinkysaurus is the scariest of all the dinosaurs because he doesn't take a bath and he scares away everyone with his awful smell. The other dinosaurs can smell him wherever he goes and he has no friends. When the dinosaurs decide that enough is enough and give him a bath Stinkysaurus finds that he now has friends to play with.
Young children will love the rhyme and alliteration in this story which is a good one to read aloud. The repetition of the words, 'Yikes, stinkysaurus!' provide an opportunity for children to leap in with a refrain and the potty humour is sure to be a big hit with the young set. Adult readers can make a plug for the joys of having a bath, but really the story is just a lot of fun.
Children who are obsessed with dinosaurs will be able to pick out the different types, even though they are coloured in very bright blues, oranges and pinks. Beginning readers would also be able to read along to the rhyme after they had heard the story a couple of times.
Sure to be a bedtime favourite with children who are obsessed with dinosaurs, this is a hilarious story that is likely to become a favourite.
Pat Pledger

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