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Dinosaur Roar! (Picture Puffins)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  2,566 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
Dinosaurs of every shape and size race, roar, and stomp through this colorful book of opposites. And where are all these silly-looking creatures off to? A dinosaur picnic, of course! These prehistoric pranksters and the simple, playful rhymes that accompany them will delight children everywhere. Dinosaur Roar! is an entertaining way to introduce preschoolers to the concept ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 15th 2002 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 1994)
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Oct 15, 2016 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrns
Perfect read with my 3 year old nephew. Dinosaurs + bright colour + sound effects + rhymes...what more could you ask for..
Nov 24, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
A book geared for probably kinder to possibly latest grade 2 but you never know there is always people who enjoy children books at any age!

A nice book about introducing opposites between dinosaurs (sizes, shape,etc)..The illustrations are fantastically colourful. It is another book that uses rhymes so you can use that to your advantage getting the children to repeat after you, getting them involved and engaged.
Aleha Begum
May 07, 2012 Aleha Begum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a picture book about dinosaurs, but this is not what it’s only about. The author uses adjectives to describe the dinosaurs in the book. The reader realises that dinosaurs come in all different shapes and sizes, strengths and weaknesses and heights and lengths. The message at the end is that ‘all sorts of dinosaurs’ eat their lunch, which was not predictable in the book.

This is a great book to read to young children during a PSHE lesson as it shows diversity with animals and it can be re
Cuong Truong
Dec 20, 2012 Cuong Truong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WIDER READING FOCUS: Adjectives/Opposites/Dinosaurs
"Dinosaur Roar" introduces its readers to the beasts you would encounter in the prehistoric era. Beautifully illustrated with depth of colour. It doesn't actually name the dinosaurs but the drawings are based on the real things including the infamous Tyranosaurus Rex and the more gentle Diploducus. The text is based on the concept of introducing adjectives such as big, small, fast and slow and utilises rhythm and rhyme in the phrases.

Target: a b
Nov 03, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jun 02, 2015 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baby-toddler
Young or easily scared 2yo might find some of these a little scary (there are some huge teeth!) but it's an interesting book of opposites, designed to appeal to small dinosaur fans.
A fun little book, probably best geared to the preschool set. Entertaining illustrations of contrasting dinosaurs--like dinosaurs roar, dinosaurs quiet, etc. Very colorful and a quick read.
Shanna Gonzalez
Oct 21, 2010 Shanna Gonzalez rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-00-04
This is one of those rhythmic, rhyming, funny books with emphasis on adjectives, this time describing the characteristics of brightly-colored, extremely funny dinosaurs. Unlike Byron Barton's Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, this one emphasizes humor rather than scientific accuracy, it's unclear which historical beasts these animals represent. Their descriptions are simpler, presented in predictable, rhythmic text: "dinosaur sweet, dinosaur grumpy, dinosaur spiky, and dinosaur lumpy." On the final page the ...more
I have to say I don't believe there are that many great read aloud picture books for dinosaurs! I have been doing story times for many years now and probably dinosaur story time annually.

I used this book for Friday's PreSchool Class at the library in place of another that was not successful for the Tuesday group. It is simple, the illustrations are colorful. The text is short, so once again I had the listeners (adults too) repeat the 2 word phrases after me on each page. I used theatrical voice
Karina Arroyo
I found this book to be fun and perfect for children in kindergarten and the first grade. It was not a hard read and i thought it was perfect for teaching children about dinosaurs, their different characteristics, and some of the things they do. The book basically described a dinosaur and then compared it to its total opposite. However, many of the times i found it to be very funny in its comparisons. Like when it compared a tiny dinosaur to a really fat one. The book overall can be really fun a ...more
Jun 08, 2012 Lyndsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-o-approved
I have no idea why this book is such a huge hit with my pink and purple loving, princess obsessed little girls. My oldest found it at the library and after crying because we had to return it, I found it online for her. The pictures are cute and the rhymes are fine. The book highlights opposites and flows well. I would have never thought to pick it out for my kids, but they love love love it. I'm surprised that even my three year old who typically likes longer stories still loves to pull this one ...more
Mar 09, 2013 Leonie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Our eldest is 19. This was her favourite book as a tiny tot. (view spoiler)

I'm slightly concerned that I can still recite the first couple of pages, at least 17 years later. It probably gives you some idea of how many times I read that book to her.

The descriptive adjectives are great. The pictures are wonderful, and beautifully colourful. Despite the amount of times I read it, I still liked it. (Which, believe me
I used this in all three of my story times (baby, toddler, and preschool) yesterday and it was one of those rare books that seemed to go over really well for all the age ranges. The babies liked the big pictures and rhythm, toddlers seemed to enjoy the subject matter and some of the silly aspects of the book (grumpy and slimy dinosaurs, especially), and while it might have been a tad too simplistic for the preschoolers I think they still enjoyed the art and were engaged. Overall, definitely a bo ...more
Shelby Dennis
This book has colorful pictures and all the different dinosaurs in which is good for a learning tool. It rhymes, keeps children engaged, and shows the foods each animal eats. I think this book is good for children 4-7.

Learning experience: Bring several different textile items in the class and talk about the various textures that are all around. Blindfold the children and have them feel each item and see if they can distinguish between the certain textures that are in the book like slimy, lumpy,
Feb 11, 2011 Krystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book Ivan could recite to me as I turned the pages. I love that it is simple, yet has a rhyme pattern and talks about opposites. The illustrations are clever and cute, and the dinosaurs are fun with out being scary. (It shows the meat eating dinos eating bones instead of other dinos, etc.)
Great dinosaur book for young kids--lots of opposites, lots of noises to make, and wonderful illustrations make this a perfect choice for toddlers and preschoolers. Always a success at story time, and one I've never minded reading over and over again.
Apr 04, 2009 Candice rated it it was amazing
This was one of Nathan's favorites between a year and two years. I love how it's an opposite book full of unusual opposites (tall and short is nice, but an expanded vocabulary is a bit more fun. Love it!
Laura Madsen
Mar 03, 2012 Laura Madsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Fantastic illustrations demonstrate opposites. My favorite is "Dinosaur clean," a turquoise-and-peach therapod filing its nails and looking with dismay at "Dinosaur slimy," a goofy green sauropod dripping mud and gunk.
Jeanette Shorey
Nov 10, 2012 Jeanette Shorey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story to read to children and add movement or instruments. The pictures are vivid and there are tons of Sound Words to add voices or instruments. See my website at for more information!
Dearborn Public Library Youth Services
Fun dinosaur book for up to 1st grade. Does a great job teaching opposites. The dinos are colorful and there are enough represented to interest the kids. A fun side game is to spot the little dinosaur "guide" throughout the book.
Saba N  Taylor
Jun 27, 2013 Saba N Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cute rhyming book featuring dinosaurs of all sizes. Children are introduced to the concept of opposites.
Becky B
Oct 08, 2012 Becky B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beginning readers, Dinosaur lovers, Elementary LA teachers
A favorite book with kindergarten students. They love the drawings of the dinosaurs. The simple text is great for beginning readers. Also a great book to use when teaching verbs.
Jan 22, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-bea
Just inherited this from the lovely nephew, Bea loves this being read with some silly voices. A good addition to our shelves.
Nov 12, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teaches opposites through rhythmic, rhyming simple text. A good bit of vocabulary for little ones as well.
Sep 11, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Illustrated by the authors. An excellent, easily-interactive book for storytime with fun illustrations. Always a big hit!
May 18, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J loves this book so much! I read it with SERIOUS inflection and he has it memorized. We recite it to each other during the day. Awesome.
Olugbemisola Ogutuga
Dinosaur roar is a book about dinosaurs and opposites.There is "dinosaur sweet, dinosaur grumpy, dinosaur spiky, and dinosaur lumpy"
The book exposes and teach children about opposites.
Jessica Wirth
Mar 26, 2012 Jessica Wirth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book of opposites!
Jul 24, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like a book that includes the oft-overlooked slimy dinosaur.
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