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Dinosaurs Love Underpants By Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

Dinosaurs Love UnderpantsLike most toddlers, Ivy loves dinosaurs so as you can imagine we have quite a few dinosaur-themed books. This is one of her favourites and it never fails to make her laugh.

The story is about how the dinosaurs became extinct, and if you think they were wiped out by an asteroid or another mass extinction event then you are sadly mistaken. It’s all because of UNDERPANTS!

The clever little cavemen invented underpants to cover up their rude bits because they felt a little bit embarrassed when they were nude. As soon as the dinosaurs see them they are besotted with pants and they all want some, but they just don’t fit right which makes the dinos all grouchy. Soon a massive pants war is raging as they each try to get their claws on the best pairs. 

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Does Your Child Love Dinosaurs? Enter Our Competition!

Enter NowWhat is it with little ones and dinosaurs? Ivy is in the grips of dino fever so we thought we would run a little dinosaur-themed competition for you.

Our prize bundle contains 5 picture books, a cuddly dinosaur, a colouring book and some crayons and it’s worth over £40!

We have 2 prize bundles – one for Facebook followers and one for Instagram followers.

Click here to enter on Facebook

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Contest is open internationally and will run for 2 weeks. The winner will be selected at random at 8.30pm GMT on Wednesday, June 6th 2018

The prize includes:

* Silly Dizzy Dinosaur by Jack Tickle
* Ten Little Dinosaurs by Mike Brownlow & Simon Rickerty
* Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Clare Freedman & Ben Cort
* The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet! by Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter & Garry Parsons
* If I Had A Dinosaur by Alex Barrow & Gabby Dawnay
* My First Dinosaur Colouring Book from Bloomsbury
* Set of Dinosaur Mini Crayons
* A Cuddly Dinosaur from Best Years

GOOD LUCK!

Mad About Dinosaurs By Giles Andreae & David Wojtowycz

Mad About DinosaursWe love a good dinosaur in this house so it’s no surprise that this book is a popular choice.

The bouncy rhythms and brightly coloured illustrations are perfect for toddlers who like to yell ROAR!

Every page features a mini rhyme about a different dinosaur. All of the well-known ones are in there so your child’s favourite will hopefully be featured.

Personally we like the big purple stegosaurus and the chicken-sized microraptors!

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Ten Little Dinosaurs By Mike Brownlow & Simon Rickerty

Ten Little DinosaursTen Little Dinosaurs is one of Ivy’s all-time favourites.

This lovely counting book starts with 10 little baby dinosaurs playing in the sunshine whilst their mother sleeps. They decide to explore and it doesn’t end well!

Page by page we lose a little dinosaur to misadventure as we count down from 10 to 1. Will their mother wake up in time to bring them all safely back in to the fold?

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Nope. Never. Not For Me! by Samantha Cotterill

Ivy is an extremely picky eater so I like to keep an eye out for books which might encourage her to expand her tastes a little. Results are generally a bit hit and miss but we have had some success with this one so I wanted to share it with you.

The child in the story loves dinosaurs but absolutely does not like broccoli! She refuses to try it or even touch it because she thinks it looks yucky. But mum steps in with a thought which makes her think twice. She cleverly points out that broccoli looks like tiny trees and dinosaurs like to eat trees…

The girl (who is dressed in a dinosaur costume) asks if her toy dinosaur can try it first – and together they take baby steps towards a first mouthful of broccoli.

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Ivy’s Guest Book: Marisa Westcott, Owner, Milk & Mustard

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family

Hello! My name is Marisa and I live in Wimbledon, London with my husband Jonathan and our 3 children Madison, Finlay and Felix (aged 6, almost 4 and 2). I also run Milk & Mustard, designing wall art prints for children and the home.

We had been quite rigorous about reading before bed with the older two, but it was hard to retain the same kind of focus once Felix arrived as bedtime was total chaos for a while. However it is easier now Madison can read to both herself and her brothers, which she loves doing!

What are your children’s favourite books?

Madison is quite into non-fiction at the moment. She is reading the Frozen Planet (the book that accompanied the BBC series) which is a bit unusual for a bedtime book. The photos are stunning though. She does struggle with some of the words but it is great to see her so interested in the natural world in this time of climate emergency.

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All The Ways To Be Smart by Davina Bell & Alison Colpoys

All The Ways To Be SmartThis gorgeous book takes a close look at what it means to be smart. Does it mean being good with letters and numbers and getting top marks at school – or could it be so much more than that?

With a gentle, lilting rhyme the author shows you that there are many, many different ways to be smart and that children do clever things all day long without even realising it. Some kids know lots about dinosaurs and some are excellent at making witches hats. Others show their smarts by being kind and compassionate when they see they someone else is feeling sad or shy. Your skill might be mixing coloured potions or being a mermaid or blowing bubbles. Whatever your talent is, it’s important and it’s special to you.

The story reassures that all kids are talented and that being ‘school smart’ isn’t the be all and end all. We all have our own special skills which we use to make the world a better place every day – whether we realise it or not.

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Ivy’s Guest Book: Ruth Buckingham, Owner, Kandu Marketing

Kandu MarketingTell us a little bit about yourself and your family

Hello! My name is Ruth and I am a content marketing specialist.  I’m originally from Scotland but I now live in Buckinghamshire with my husband and our two children, Fraser (9) and Annabel (4).  As a family we all love reading or being read to and I’m very fortunate to have a job that also allows me to read on lots of different subjects.

What are your children’s favourite books?

My daughter has a habit of changing her favourite books often!  This week she is really enjoying “Arggh Spider” by Lydia Monks.  She always likes a book which has a bit of humour and she keeps laughing when the spider gets put outside again and again.  She is starting to read at school so I think she likes this one because of the repetition.  Its also beautifully illustrated and has some nice glittery features on the spiderwebs.

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Flip Flap Pets By Axel Scheffler

Flip Flap PetsThere are lots of books on the market which allow you to mix and match animals to comic effect but this one is our outright favourite.

Each double page features a familiar pet such as a cat, a dog, a guinea pig or a bunny. On the right hand side we see a picture of the animal and on the left is the name of the animal and a cute poem which describes what it looks like and what it’s like as a pet.

The pages are split in the middle, allowing you to flip over the top or bottom sections to different pages – thus creating new names, poems and creatures. There are 121 combinations in total so there’s lots to keep your little one entertained.

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Ivy’s Guest Book: Chrissy Crozier, Owner, Pipsqueak

PipsqueakTell us a little bit about yourself and your family

Hello! I’m Chrissy. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, I now happily call London home with my husband and three year old son (we’re hoping to adopt a cat soon too!). I’m a former youth worker turned textile designer. I recently launched Pipsqueak, my little business hand printing kids bed linen that also aims to support charities working to help children. I launched in June (2018) so it’s still very much a work in progress!

What is your son’s favourite book?

We’re currently loving all things dinosaur related but my son’s enduring favourite is The Barefoot Book of Children (by Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma & David Dean). It’s a fantastic celebration of children around the world. He loves the vibrant illustrations and talking about all the different activities children do.

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