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Tyrannosaurus Drip

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,273 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Whoever heard of a vegetarian T. rex?
Everyone knows that tyrannosauruses are big and scary, so when a placid duckbill dinosaur's egg ends up in the wrong nest confusion is sure to ensue! When the baby dinosaur hatches out, he's so out of place that his grisly big sisters call him Tyrannosaurus Drip. Poor little Drip: all he wants is a quiet life munching on water weed . .
Paperback, 32 pages
Published July 4th 2008 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published July 6th 2007)
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Highly entertaining dino-spin on the "Ugly Duckling" tale, this story features the placid, water-dwelling, vegetarian duckbill dinosaurs and the mean, meat-eating, sinister T-Rex dinosaurs (cliched, yes, but oh well) who wish they could cross the river to eat the duckbills. When a hungry Compy steals a duckbill egg and accidentally drops it near the T-Rex nest, confusion and much angst ensues. In the end, the poor little "Tyrannosaurus Drip" gets a chance to prove himself to his true family and ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was brilliant and at times really funny, mostly because I didn't read this one which is just as well because at points it borders on tongue twister. More Julia Donaldson fun, this time for dinosaur fans. The little guy loved it. ...more
I had expected something totally different from this book. I can't say what, as that would spoil the book, and for such a short review I don't feel like spoiler-tagging stuff. I was hoping for one ending, but I got a totally weird and not even close to what I wanted ending. An ending I didn't see coming.

I also had expected something to happen when our little dinosaur found his real family.
I had a lot of expectations and none of them were met. The book was mostly boring, T-rexes are angry, carn
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tyrannosaurus drip is told with repetitive phrases to describe what the dinosaurs eat. The duckbill dinosaurs hooted “Up with rivers” and they hooted, “up with reeds!” And they hooted, “up with bellyfuls of juicy water reeds.” The tyrannosaurus shouted “up with hunting!” “up with war!” And they shouts “up with bellyfuls of duckbill dinosaurs.” The repetitive phrases are good because they can encourage children to join in with the story.

The story uses a lot of punctuation: speech marks, exclamat
Katherine Smith
SBC summer text

This is a brilliant story emphasising that just because you are born into a particular society does not mean you will fit in there. There might be other people / places that you get along with better!
It related brilliant to our topic in science which was what animals eat. This story emphasises the herbivore & carnivore descriptions. We had amazing questioning to do with this.

Tyrannosaurus Drip, is a Duckbill dinosaur but ends up hatching in a Tyrannosaurus rex nest. He finds he d
Philippa Smith
Great bool to use in a year 1 English lesson- great image to use to help order a story from memory. Clear story line and easy to follow with repetitive phrases for children to join in with
Kathleen Dixon
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, dinosaurs
Not all of Julia Donaldson's books are inspired, but they're certainly all very good. This one comes into the former category in my opinion, because it does an excellent job of talking about bullies (i.e. the tyrannosaurus family) getting their karmic come-uppance, all within a cute rhyming story. I often find Donaldson’s books a little too cute or a little too bright or something that doesn't quite appeal to me, but in this one the illustrations get top marks - as the symbolism of muted blue to ...more
Sep 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2010, childrens
This is an interesting dinosaur tale, reminiscent of The Ugly Duckling. With its dinosaur theme, colorful illustrations and rhyming narrative it's sure to be highly entertaining for children. We enjoyed reading this book together. ...more
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
my son loves T. Rexes and this was the first one we've read where they were truly the bad guys, so he kept asking "why, Mom?" otherwise, this is a fun book with a clear rhyme and rhythm, which encourages kids to recite along, or at least to finish the sentences. the illustrations are quite entertaining too. ...more
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-the-kids
This book is so fun and the rhymes are really cute and funny. I absolutely love the illustrations in this book! I am huge on illstrations in childrens books and these do not dissappoint. It is a perfect book for children who love dinosaurs and rhyming books.
The Library Lady
Sep 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, she got me--I really liked it.
A cute twist on "The Ugly Duckling" AND dinosaurs. I bought 2 copies and I know they are going to get well worn.
Danie Cutter
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Good strong Donaldson although not quite up to the standard of her best. Plus little miss would like to point out that TRex only has two fingers!
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE Julia Donaldson. Such a talented writer. My kids will read this book (and her other books) over and over without getting bored.
Linda Patchett
This is a romp of fun with pull-on- your-heart -strings illustrations about a little dinosaur and a T Rex Groom and Bride that so want to get their scrawny arms on their juicy duckbill dinosaur neighbors. They have a problem. The local Duckbill herd loves their swamp and never strays. Can our giant toothy characters swim? No, not a bit. Plus they bemoan the fact that bridges have not yet been invented. The prehistoric plot thickens when a little Compsognathus plucks an egg out of a duckbill nest ...more
Rosie Potter
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely story about finding out where you truly belong, as well as standing up to bullies! Poor Tyrannosaurus Drip gets bullied by his parents and him siblings for not being mean or fierce enough, and so he runs away to find where he really belongs. When he finds his true family, he learns why he is the way he is, and ends up standing up to his other family when they come to attack! Another nice thing about this book is that, in a way typical of Julia Donaldson, the littlest one saves the day! ...more
Ingrid Sawubona
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julia Donaldson is undoubtedly one of my favorite authors, and in this highly entertaining dino-spin on the "ugly duckling" tale, a water-dwelling, vegetarian duckbill dinosaur gets a chance to find out where he truly belongs when he stands up against T-Rex bullies.

The rhyme scheme of the poem is engaging and the illustrations by David Roberts are really interesting and different from many others of Donaldson’s books, but I nevertheless found the book charming and delightful without being preach
The Library  Mouse Tales
We love all the Julia Donaldson books!

A duckbill dinosaur egg is mistakenly hatched by a fierce, war-loving Tyrannosaurus family.
Little Tyrannosaurus Drip is vegetarian and peaceful and can’t keep up with his adopted family. He eventually finds salvation in the arms of a Duckbill tribe where he realises he belongs. The mean Tyrannosauruses try to capture Drip and take him back to their home, only to realise that it might not be as easy as they think. A rhyming text with a memorable refrain, alon
Fabienne Gilbert
This book has definitely helped propel my son's obsession with dinosaurs further. He loves them on a whole new level thanks to this story and has taken a larger interest in their names. This story has a nice little rhyming aspect to it and the constant repartition is great for encouraging little ones engage in the story. As the story progresses my son becomes more and more eagar to see where Drip goes next and cheers him on the whole way through, especially when he find his home. ...more
This book is at the kindergarten level. The prose is predictable and contains many rhymes but the book is a bit too long to keep the attention of preschoolers. The story of the duckbill egg that grew up in a family of dinosaurs is full of opportunities to explore inferred reading- what do you know about the story that isn't explained in the text? ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story on my placement as within this book Juila Donaldson uses repetitive phrases such as “Up with hunting!”… “Up with war!” which the children in my class joined in with. The pupils had great enthusiasm reading the story as it was humorous with its rhyming narrative. I would definitely recommend this book for KS1.
Becky Allen
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Interesting story to use in a class. Would be fun to work on in a playful way with children, as well as a good discussion for themes of family, friends, fitting in and getting along.

Great rhyming - well written by Donaldson as you’d expect. Lovely illustrations too. Sweet book and story.
Lynn  Davidson
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Duckbill dinosaurs and tyrannosaurus dinosaurs liked different things. In fact, tyrannosaurus liked to eat duckbill dinosaurs. One day a duckbill egg rolls into a tyrannosaurus nest. What happens is unexpected, funny, and told in great rhyme and illustrations.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like the art in this, but I can't stand reading stories to kids where a group is portrayed as simply "bad" and then is somehow punished. I always feel like it doesn't send a realistic or very positive message. ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a great children's book! My 3,5 year old boy really liked it and wants me to read it to him over and over again :)) interesting and funny with a lot of hard word, I had to stop and explain the meaning, Oh I really like to teach something new to my little prince! ...more
Jasmin Davis
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great for a topic book in KS1 looking at dinosaurs. It can be used to teach English for: rhyming, adjectives, descriptive writing and much more. The illustrations are also very impactful.
Love the hidden message in this book about being different.
Charlotte Smith
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't to keen on this book. Some words were big so some children May struggle with some of them. ...more
Izzy Doyle
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rhyming, nature, dinosaurs
Rather an amusing book. It would be a good story to introduce herbivores and carnivores. Lovely illustrations too.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Fun book with lots of rhyming and excellent to read aloud. Children would find it easy to read along too. Plus it makes you thankful and in this story that Tyrannosaurus's cannot count. ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of a baby duckbill dinosaur who hatches in a nest of tyrannosaurus eggs, told in rollicking rhyme. Good fun, and I expect my granddaughter will require me to read this to her many times!
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