My Dino Ate My homework!

A story about the fun of learning

Children - Animals
26 Pages
Reviewed on 03/13/2019
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Reviewed by Rhian Waller for Readers' Favorite

My Dino Ate My Homework by Ingrid Sawubona is a fun, brightly illustrated children's book for younger readers. A little boy has the perfect reason for not handing in his homework: his pet dinosaur ate it! This is a bit different from the usual "my dog ate my homework" excuse, and, as you can imagine, the dinosaur reacts very oddly to digesting all that paper and ink. Instead of simply coughing it back up again, the dino starts showing off his new knowledge in all sorts of unexpected ways. He quotes Shakespeare, discusses biology, lectures about geography and - more than that - he puts all his learning to good use. But this can't last forever, and suddenly things go wrong with messy results.

This fast-paced, quirky and compelling story is told through rhyme and illustrated throughout. The cartoony drawings are excellent. Each page is clear and colorful, with touches of slapstick humor here and there. What's wonderful about this story is that children will end up learning bits and bobs as they go, probably without even realizing. The message is also good - the little boy doesn't actually skip out on his school work. All the wonderful things his dino has learned come straight from the work he has already done. His teacher might not believe him, but he's clearly learned a lot. Overall, this exuberant book should appeal to younger readers even if they don't want to do their homework!

Merrin Dorothy

When I first read this book to my 3 year old son he said to me "can we please read this again at bedtime tonight?" Which was a surprise when he's chosen the same Dr. Seuss book for the last two weeks. Well move over Dr. Suess there's a new author in town. If you know a child who loves dinosaurs this book is something different! Younger children love stories with rhyming words, a character they can relate to, fun illustrations and lots of funny and interesting things happening at every turn. Ingrid's books tick all those boxes! What I especially love about this book is all of the interesting facts the dinosaur has learned from eating the homework which it teaches your child as you go along. This book would be excellent for a classroom, storytime or playgroup session because it creates so many talking points and themes that you can branch out from for extra learning fun. After you've finished reading you could play the song "Dino Stomp" and have a stomp around pretending to be dinosaurs. Thank you Ingrid for creating this wonderful book it is already a favourite in our house! If you haven't read Ingrid's other stories do check them out.