BLOG TOUR: Stop That Dinosaur! by Alex English and Ben Cort
Hello everyone, and welcome to my stop on the Stop That Dinosaur! blog tour. First off, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Blue at Kaleidoscopic Book Tours for organising this blog tour. They feature the best titles, and they work so hard to make these tours a success. It’s always a huge honour to be able to participate in one of their tours, and this one has been fun for all of the family.
I was in my Granny’s kitchen eating extra-special cake,
when the walls began to tremble and the roof began to SHAKE.
KNOCK! KNOCK! KNOCK! Ring! Ring! Ring! Oh MY – a dino’s at the door.
And now it’s taken Granny. SOMEONE STOP THAT DINOSAUR!
Chase down the GRAN-NAPPING brontosaurus in this rollicking, rhyming, ROAR-some romp. Can you catch the naughty dinosaur and get back to Granny’s house before Mum comes home at six o’clock?
From Alex English and Ben Cort, the bestselling illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants, comes an irresistibly rib-tickling books that kids will want to read again and again, and AGAIN!
You can find out more about Stop That Dinosaur! over on Goodreads. If you’re ready to purchase a copy, you can find Stop That Dinosaur! on Amazon or at your local bookshop. (Disclaimer: if you choose to purchase using my Bookshop.org affiliate link, I will receive a 10% commission).
Stop That Dinosaur! is going to be a fast favourite for any parents on the hunt for an engaging new picture book to read with their little ones.
My daughter Zophia is obsessed with dinosaurs, and watching the brontosaurus racing through the different locations had her jumping up and down yelling, “STOP, STOP!” along with the little girl in the story. With the repetitive, “Stop that dinosaur!” chant at the end of each page, this is sure to become a story time staple.
I’m not sure if it was the lockdown blues getting to me, but I felt close to shedding a tear at the end of the story. The moral of the story is adorable. The dinosaur just wants a Granny of his own, and who can blame him?! The Granny in the story reads stories, bakes apple pies and kisses boo-boos better, and those are what I’d call #GrannyGoals.
It’s impossible to choose a favourite thing about Stop That Dinosaur! (although Zophia would definitely say the bunny rabbits running away from the big red dinosaur on the front cover). I have a soft spot for picture books with rhyming stories, so this one was an instant favourite for me.
It was also a lot of fun to discover that there’s a spread in the book which is vertical instead of horizontal, so you’ve got to turn the book around to chase the dinosaur too! This helps keep even the littlest ones interested. My son, Ezra, turned one in December and sometimes struggles to stay focused during longer stories, but that hasn’t been a problem during any of the (many, many) times that we’ve read Stop That Dinosaur! since it arrived. This book gets a ROARING five stars from us!
If your little ones love dinosaurs as much as either of mine do, pick up a copy of Stop That Dinosaur! and have fun chasing the big brontosaurus through the fields and the forests all day.
About the author:
Alex English’s picture books have been shortlisted for the Dundee Picture Book Award, chosen by BookTrust as part of the Bookstart Corner programme and selected by The Reading Agency for the Summer Reading Challenge. She loves ravens, running, baking cakes and watching thunderstorms. Alex lives in Paris with her husband, two boys and a garden-ful of noisy toads.
About the illustrator:
Ben Cort studied illustration at Harrow College and is the illustrator of The Shark in the Dark and Aliens Love Underpants, among many others. The latter has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. He has won numerous awards and he has been longlisted for the Greenaway Medal. Ben’s interests include photography, retro tin robots and jeans – he even wore them to his wedding! Ben lives in Leighton Buzzard.
Once again I’d like to say a huge thank you to Blue for organising this blog tour. I think this might be the most fun blog tour I’ve ever taken part in!
See you again soon,