Book Review: Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner, Duelgum and Rita’s Rhino

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Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner

Never Ask A Dinosaur To Dinner

Not only should you NEVER invite a dinosaur to dinner, you should also NEVER share your toothbrush with a shark, let a beaver in the basin, use a tiger as a towel or a bison as a blanket! This book had me bouncing through the rhyme as I read it to Elliott and his eyes were unusually fixated right to the end because of its catchiness.

This silly and playful rhyme guides little ones through the perils of bedtime and straight into the comforts of bed.  The pictures are wacky and fun, this book is certainly a great bedtime read and one that I’m sure will make it to the top of your pile.

Title: Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner
Author/Illustrator: Gareth Edwards/Guy Parker-Rees
Publisher: Alison Green Books, $15.99 RRP
Publication Date: December 2014
Format: Paperback
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book





This is an Indigenous Australian story about a mother eel who lived in a large waterhole on the banks of the Brisbane River.

A new and powerful feeling overcame Duelgum one night and she instinctively knew that it was time for her to leave her home to go far away, down the river and into the ocean to lay her eggs.

This beautiful story is a detailed account of Duelgum‘s journey from Brisbane to the ocean and then follows her offspring back on the same journey their mother once took. They begin their new lives in the same waterhole which will one day be the start of the same journey back to the ocean.

Duelgum, along with its magical illustrations depicting every stage of the eel as their skin changes colour, is an enchanting story and a wonderful way of teaching children about the circle of life.

Uncle Joe Kirk is an elder of Brisbane and Wakka Wakka who is passionate about sharing his stories through the generations. The Duelgum story is inspired by his childhood when he watched the mother eels travel down the river and then later the young eels returning.

Title: Duelgum
Author/Illustrator: Uncle Joe Kirk and Greer Casey/Illustrated by Sandi Harrold
Publisher: Scholastic Aust, $15.99 RRP
Publication Date:  December 2014
Format: Paperback
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book


Rita’s Rhino

Rita's Rhino

Rita really wants a pet but like many parents, Rita’s Mum says no because pets are stinky , greedy things. You have to clean up after them and take them for walks!

To Rita, a flea wouldn’t do as a pet and neither would a frog. Rita wanted a real pet! She decided to take a visit to the zoo and soon enough returned home with a big friendly rhinoceros!

It was a bit of a challenge squeezing her new pet into the lift; it was also not very easy trying to hide her new pet rhinoceros in her tiny bedroom! Rhino is a fussy eater too, toast won’t do, it’s African grass or nothing!

Soon Rita decided that having a pet rhinoceros wasn’t such a good idea, cleaning up piles of rhinoceros poo was certainly VERY unpleasant.  Perhaps turning Rhino into a bouncy castle at school might be a good idea, or so she thought…

The illustrations in this picture book capture the story perfectly and cleverly help to convey the challenges of pet ownership to children. It’s a great read if you’re dabbling in the idea of pet ownership, but even if you’re not, it’s still a heart warming story.

Title: Rita’s Rhino
Author/Illustrator: Tony Ross
Publisher: Koala Books, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date:  2014
Format: Paperback
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book


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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

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  1. February 2, 2015 / 11:19 am

    Lovely book reviews! You should add a link to the Book Depository (and sign up as an affiliate) and you can earn some pocket money.

    • February 2, 2015 / 8:58 pm

      Thanks Cindy. I just love kids picture books, they’re so beautiful. My favourite one out of this bunch was Duelgum though, great for adults too. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Grace
    February 4, 2015 / 5:11 pm

    My dinosaur obsessed boys would love that first book! I would love to get my hands on a copy as well as Rita’s Rhino. Too cute!