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Ten Little Dinosaurs

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  357 ratings  ·  58 reviews
A pair of crazy eyeballs built into this boldly illustrated hardbound book jiggle and wiggle from page to page and dinosaur to dinosaur.

Both fun and informative, children and parents will be repeating this story's catchy rhyme long after the first reading.

Reading Rainbow Book recipient Jim Harris provides his artistic excellence, humor, and stylistic integrity to this
Hardcover, 26 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Accord Publishing, a division of Andrews McMeel
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Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Even though this appears to be a show-stopper candidate it fails to deliver, at least for a library pre-school story time.
1) the eyes are weighted in such a way that when held up the iris's point to the ceiling and all the children can see are the whites. It is meant to be held on a lap and shared with an adult and a child.
2) it begins with the "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" motif but then strays to activities that older children relate to, such as biking, rafting, cliff-jumping,
One more, please!
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
My children love this book which features Dinosaurs and googly eyes that rotate a full 180 degrees. There are also two eye holes so that kids can peer through and look like a dinosaur as well. It is a rhyming and counting book all-in-one which I like. As a parent I enjoy being able to combine different educational topics in one text and this one has a lot of versatility. My only problem is that some of the language can seem crude, especially to small children who love to repeat everything they ...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
I remember finding the eyes to be a tad creepy since they rolled around and if you tilted it too far they rolled backwards. It wasn't a book I kept for a very long, but I remember it being a little odd to read as well.
♥ Susan
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
The googly eye thing bugs me when trying to shelve these... but my daughter loves each and every one of them. I am forced to read and wiggle the eyes quite often ;-)
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I really liked this book but I do have some issues with it. So a 3.5 is more my rating.

First, it’s hard to store this book because of the eyes. You can’t put it on a bookshelf like any other book.

Second, I liked how it was reminiscent of 5 Little Monkey’s Jumping on the Bed, but sometimes the rhymes were clunky. Side-note though: At the end of the book, we are given facts about each dinosaur. The fact plays back into the rhyme from the story. I think it would have been better to have each fact
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
The kids liked this a lot more than me. Here’s why. (a) the eyes only point at you when you have the book flat, but you usually read the book upright, so they end up dead-eyed white sclera then. (b) the googly eyes are striking and attention grabbing but make it hard to fit the book of a shelf with other similar books. (c) the rhyming is dumb, often, and the logic behind what the creatures are doing is often silly (got a much better version of this same concept from the library a while back). On ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The googly eyes seen on the cover of this book peer through holes in each page as they become the eyes for each dinosaur pictured. The text of this book bounces along and can be sung to the tune of "10 Little Monkeys." It is rhyming, has silly words, and even sillier pictures. The book contains actual dinosaur names, though the depictions of the dinos may be exaggerated. The book is enjoyable for adults and contains some humor that the children may not understand. A glossary in the back gives ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't read it for a preschool storytime - I think an older crowd can relate to all the activities and the vocabulary and the name-calling. They'll think it's funny if they know the Five Little Monkeys song (and think they're too old for that nursery song). But any kid who is obsessed with dinosaurs will get a kick out of it and learn a lot too. The googly eyes are the most arresting feature of the book. They stick out of the cover and show up on every page. They eyeballs only show up when ...more
Lara Lamb
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a clever alternative to the children's song about the 10 little monkeys. Each number of the countdown is coupled with a new breed of dinosaur which can make it a useful book for teaching counting skills as well as different facts about the dinosaurs that used to roam the earth. The last number may be a little hard for more sensitive kids because it talks about how all the dinosaurs are dead.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
A revision of "Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" but with dinosaurs. There is a Coke bottle on nearly every page, sometimes very prominent. The dinosaurs are called names by the authorities such as "nut-brains" and "boneheads," which are likely meant to be clever nods to their characteristics, which are discussed in 2-3 sentence blurbs in the end-papers. This will be popular with dinosaur-lovers; however, I think this effort falls flat.
Mellanie C
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kids love this book because of the googly eyes, which make it a pain to shelve it.
Teresa Biggie
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
my kids all loved this book.. we read it alot
Lee Ann
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
Honestly, kinda creeps me out. 2/5 stars.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fun book with great rhyming! My younger brother and I used to quote from this book all the time when we were little. It's catchy!
Maureen Jehling
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ten Little Dinosaurs, by Pattie Schnetzler, is a great book for helping young children learn their numbers one through ten in a fun and efficient manner. It starts out with ten little dinosaurs, and ends with only one dinosaur, which also teaches these young children that dinosaurs are now extinct. The book actually has big pop up eyes that the reader can physically touch. Each page has a different number with a catchy phrase about that specific number of dinosaurs that will hopefully help ...more
Corey Lynch
I found this book to be very entertaining as it had "eyeball animations" throughout the story. The book tells of different groups of dinosaurs participating in different events in which one of them is injured, ejected, etc. Starting at ten and eventually getting down to zero this book would be good to use in a classroom as a way to learn subtraction and counting. The illustrations make the book very humorous and the rhythm created by the words and syllables enhance the reading experience. The ...more
Douglas Jankowski
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well it has to be said, the first thing that jumps out at you from the book, are the giant moving eyes on the front page, literally. This has to be a really fun/entertaining book for children of all ages. I quite thoroughly enjoy this one myself. I like how the story plays off into the leading of the extinction of the dinosaurs. It starts off with the original ten, down to the last one becoming bones. It's quite smart and ingenious how they used the eyes in the art on every page. The art work ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: march
My parents bought this book for my family when I was a child. Mainly because they had 5 boys and for some reason boys have a fascination with dinosaurs. I remember this book being my little brothers favorite. It was read on a nightly basis. I'm not sure if it was due to the fact that it was about dinosaurs or because of the eyeball animation. This is one of those books I would recommend for young boys. Older elementary kids may not like it as much as 2, 3 or 4 year olds. Overall it is just a fun ...more
Drew Graham
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Various dinosaurs of decreasing numbers engage in various dangerous activities. What will happen when it counts down to one??

I've seen this book around but hadn't actually taken a look at it until The Boy's aunt and uncle and cousins gave it to him for his third birthday. He loves it, and it has a lot of humor and unique artwork, not to mention the counting aspect and the googly eyes! It would be nice if they had somehow been able to make the eyes face forward when the book's held upright, but
Martin Waterhouse
Dec 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids
Doesn't scan at all - who told these people they were poets!? Terrible product placement too - I don't want adverts for 'un-named' black drinks in distinctively shaped glass bottles in my kids' books ta! Doesn't fit in bookcase (minor point, but worth mentioning). What the hell is a mooth? Awful, awful book - and the worst part of it is is that it's been a staple of my dino-obsessed child for nearly 3 years now ... I HATE this book, and as I've read it hundreds of times I feel I have earned the ...more
Cesally Shermam
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This exciting picture book is about ten little dinosaurs that eventually dwindle down to one, that helps very young readers count. This book also includes wiggly pop up eyes that find its place as the eyes for dinosaurs on each page that would make it funny and exciting for young children. I gave the book a five out of five because it is such a fun way that can help children learn how to count. I think that the dominant themes of the book could be silliness and excitement. I think that the age ...more
Elijah Schnetzler
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ten Little Dinosaurs
When I was little I really enjoyed this book because of the googly eyes. It was only a few years ago I noticed the author has the same last name of me. With my name being a weird/hard one for people to remember it really stuck out to me. One page I remember was the dinosaurs eating chili dogs because they always looked so good.
May 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: moira-recommends
With the Halloween books pulled off the shelf, she can get this one off the shelf, so it's always coming out. There is a big pair of wiggle eyes attached to the front of the book, and holes in each of the page. It's written in the 10 little monkeys style, but each page is a different kind of dinosaur and each dinosaur type is doing a different silly thing.
PacaLipstick Gramma
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book! I have read my copy of it countless times to my grandchildren. They love it so much that I have gotten them one for their house too. Because it is one of their favorites, I have purchased the board books for them. (Which is certainly more durable for little hands AND makes it easier to jiggle those incredible eyes!)
Gotta LOVE those big green irresistible eyes!!!
Amy Burch
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational
This book gave the actual names of the dinosaurs and then a cute nickname so the children who read this book can better remember the name. I loved that. I also loved that it had a glossary of the dinosaurs in the back. It was a fun twist to he classic story about the monkeys jumping on the bed.
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 21-mathematics
Didn't really like this book. The eyes creeped me out and the dinosaur names are too hard for me to pronounce! There are also some weird names they call each other and overall it is strange. Also, it counts down which is out of the range for toddlers/young children.
Tessa Herrmann
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march
The best part about this book is the poking out eyes. I remember once reading this with my nephew and he wanted to read it over and over again because of how cool the eyes were! Its a fun rhyme and something children will love! Highly recommend!
Emerson and Theodore
May 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Not nearly as bad as the other rotating eyeball book about frogs, but this was just so repetitive. And it is annoying because you can't stack it on the shelves with the other books. Emerson was neutral on this book.
Bri Grant
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd-314
Ten Little Dinosaurs would be a great book for little dinosaur lovers! I love that this book includes rhymes, and also the names of the specific dinosaurs. The book is very fun and interactive but it also provides educational purposes for students!
Nicola Rennie
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have read this book before, but I would love to re-read it because I gives the names of 10 dinosaurs. The names aren't just the names everybody knows, but the ones people don't know too! This book made me interested in dinosaurs. I would like to remember it better.
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