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Dancing with the Dinosaurs

2.99 of 5 stars 2.99  ·  rating details  ·  83 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Elegant and swellegant, hilarious and hysterical: Come one, come all to the show that's cooler than the Ice Age, and wackier and wilder than any dance competition on TV. It's Dancing with the Dinosaurs - and the awesome, clawsome contestants are ready to party.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Imagine (first published January 1st 2012)
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Meghan Hunt
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This large picture book is about a dinosaur dancing contest. The first page is a list of all of the contestants. It features several different types of dinosaurs and their dance styles. The rhyming style of writing makes it an easy and enjoyable read. It ends on a funny note with the announcer trying to eat the contestants and judges. The illustrations are bright and colorful and fit well with the story. This book will appeal to the approximate ages of 2 to 5 years old. It will appeal to any chi ...more
I picked this up as a possibility to read for my Toddler Dance Storytime, but it was really bad. The premise is the whole book is a dance contest with all sorts of dinosaurs, which is okay, until the judges start disappearing and the host is eating everyone, contestants and judges. Plus the rhyming just wasn't funny. Recommended for ages 2-6, 1 star.
I'm sorry, but if you have to include a line about dancing "round Patty's pile of poo" (apropos of nothing) in order to make your rhyme work, maybe there's a problem. Yes, kids find poo jokes funny, but this time it seemed wedged in just to make the rhyme work. Also: "claws" doesn't quite rhyme with "saurs" (although, this is a British author, and maybe it does with a British accent). This story didn't work for me - a weak dinosaur "story" with a "Dancing with the Stars" theme. Hard core dino fa ...more
This was a little younger than I like to read. I didn't enjoy the pictures, and the story was simplistic and kind of boring for me. Of course, I am an adult and maybe a child would be more into it, but for me I just didn't find it all that interesting. There was a nice subplot going on with the judges throughout the book, and I could see kids liking how it all ends, but it wasn't enough for me to give more than 2 stars.
Amanda Day
Although the pictures and general idea is cute, I feel like only children with interests pertaining to the book would like it. There are lots of hard word because of the dinosaurs names, and many children would not get the references to the names of the dinosaurs word play and the name of the dances.
Disappointing--this could have been hilarious and fun, but it is clunky and almost a tedious read. What a great premise: dinosaurs and dancing, not to mention the cheesy but effective "Dancing with the Stars" parallels. Sadly, it did not deliver the epic dinosaur dance marathon I'd hoped for.
Very cute. Think "Dancing with the Stars," but with dinosaurs. This would be a lot fun to read with a kid (or group of kids)...but you'd have to get on your feet and do some of the dancing with the dinosaurs! :)
Great choice for wiggly storytimes. Adult fans of Dancing with the Stars will get some of the inside jokes. Keep an eye on the dinosaur judges, maybe Len would give out more 10's if he suffered a similar fate!
Carly Reighard
This book, which pokes fun at Dancing with the Stars, will appeal to children and adults alike. What a fun story with great illustrations, a flowing rhythm, and a spectacular surprise ending!
got a double re-read from my 4 1/2 year old! What kid doesn't love a pile of poop in a book (very tasteful and funny, nonetheless) and this is also very entertaining for adults.
Wooden Horse
This is a dinosaur take on "Dancing with the Stars" without Tom Bergeron. There are plenty of silly things scattered throughout the book to keep your little one giggling.
From a tango by a T. Rex to a line dance with Danny Ig, dinosaurs demonstrate their talents on Dancing with Dinosaurs, while the judges mysteriously disappear.
Marina S
Great book to use with kindergartners. So funny, as the dinosaurs are dancing the judges are disappearing, hmm :)
super fun - can do movements with the dancing dinos - twist at end where t-rex gets hungry!
Totally silly. But my 3 year old daughter loves it...and no we don't watch the TV show.
this would be great for a dino or dance-themed preschool storytime
I'll take this over that stupid TV show any day of the week.
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See also pseudonym Hayley Daze.

Jane Elizabeth Clarke (born in 1954) is an English writer of children’s books and poetry. Her best known books include Gilbert the Great (illustrated by Charles Fuge) and Stuck in the Mud (illustrated by Garry Parsons). Jane has published over 45 books including works used for children's reading schemes in schools. CBeebies Bedtime Stories have featured two of Jane's
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