Darwin was a normal child,
who used to run and go quite wild.
Until one day he clamped his claws,
around a plastic dinosaur.
Darwin loves dinosaurs, and nobody is better at talking about dinosaurs than Darwin. He can say all their names, and impresses everyone he meets. Everyone that is except Sally Dolomide, who knows just as much about dinosaurs as Darwin does. Darwin starts to feel quite ill and when his mum finally calls a doctor, the diagnosis is serious – Darwin has Dinosuaritis!
Dinosauritis is a fun flip the flap story of a dinosaur obsessed boy, filled with dinosaurs enough to please any child who, like Darwin, is dinosaur crazy. The pictures are big and bright, and the flaps on every spread encourage interaction. There are also bonus dinosaur facts and games at the back of the book.
A fun offering for sharing.
Dinosauritis: A Flip-the-Flap Dinosaur Tale, by Jeannette Rowe
Allen & Unwin, 2012
Available from good bookstores or online.
Jeanette Rowe’s bright simple books are familiar to many readers and pre-readers. Each explores a very simple concept, using repetition to cue responses from young children. In Whose Footprints? the question is repeated on each opening. Sideways flaps open to reveal the animal responsible. Each page is brightly coloured with text in large black letters. Flap colours contrast. Whose Footprints?is a sturdy paperback, designed to withstand repeated readings.
Whose Footprints? follows many other ‘Whose…’ titles from Jeanette Rowe. There have been noses, ears, tails and bellies to find. Each title asks a question and then invites the reader to guess the answer. The brightly-coloured pages and stylised animals introduce young children to various animal characteristics. There are also opportunities for discussion about colours, similarities, differences and more. Great for reading with a child, or for the child to explore on their own. Recommended for the very young.
Whose Footprints? Jeanette Rowe
ABC Books 2009
review by Claire Saxby, Children’s Author
Whose eggs can you see?
Whose eggs can they be?
Continuing on from previous successful Whose titles, Whose Eggs is a delightful lift the flap book. Children are encouraged to flip the flaps to discover who belongs to the different eggs depicted on each spread. As well as chickens and birds, there are eggs for lizards, frogs, a platypus and dinosaurs. The final surprise is eggs which belong to a child – brightly coloured Easter eggs.
The flip the flap format, bright colours, simple illustrations and predictable text make this a winner for the prereader.
Whose eggs? by Jeannette Rowe
ABC Books, 2008
Jeannette Rowe’s brightly coloured Whose?books are loved and enjoyed by parents and toddlers alike. This bind-up offers three favourite titles in one volume, and in a bigger, sturdier format.
Whose teeth?, Whose tail? and Whose house? have each been successful in their individual releases, and are likely to achieve similar success in this new format. Rowe’s bright, deceptively simple illustrations use plenty of bold colours, and the lift the flap component especially appeals to curious toddlers, making the book interactive.
The hardcover binding makes this especially suitable for gift giving.
Lots of fun!
Whose teeth? tail? house? by Jeanette Rowe
ABC Books, 2006
Whose family can you see? Whose family can they be?
Toddlers love interactive books, and with the Whose titles of author/illustrator Jeanette Rowe, there are always plenty of opportunities for interaction. Previous titles, including Whose Ears?, Whose House? and Whose Baby? have proven so popular with littlies that they have sold over a million copies worldwide, and to celebrate, ABC Books have released the ninth title in the series, Whose Family?
Using the same flip the flap format of the earlier titles, Whose Family? uses simple text (the repetition of ‘Whose family?’ on each spread) and enough clues for littlies to be able to guess at the identity of the family under each spread on the first read, and to be able to remember on subsequent reads. There are plenty of fun animal characters and the bold colours for which Rowe is known.
Lots of fun.
Whose Family? by Jeannette Rowe
ABC Books, 2006
My dad…lets me dance on his feet.
My grandad…rides with me on his old scooter.
There is a range of dads and grandads in these two books as well as a range of children – but the important focus of both books is that of the child sharing time with one of the men in his/her life.
Each double page spread shows the child on the left hand page and the thing s/he does with his grandad or dad on the right hand page, partially concealed by a large flap. Some of the things shared are everday – My dad…helps me brush my teeth – while others are more adventurous (like riding on Grandad’s scooter).
It is lovely to see books which celebrate grandads and dads, and especially pleasing to see grandad reading stories to one of the children. The books might even encourage dads or grandads who don’t share books with their kids to do so – an important but sometimes missed part of early literacy.
Both books are alive with the colour always present in Rowe’s books. Lovely.
My Dad and My Grandad, by Jeannette Rowe
ABC Books, 2004
Jeanette Rowe’s Whose Nose?, Whose Ears?, Whose Feet? and Whose Tail?hav already established themselves as popular with the preschool set. Now, though, these titles are available as a four book set in mini-book format.
These four small format lift the flap books with the same colourful illustrations, are packaged in a clear carry bag, adding to their novelty value for youngsters and gift-purchasers alike.
Whose?, by Jeanette Rowe
ABC Books, 2003