Harry and The Dinosaurs: Romp In The Swamp

Ian Whybrow

Harry is not happy. Today he has to go to Charlie’s house and he doesn’t want her to play with his dinosaurs. But when Charlie builds a primordial swamp, Harry gets drawn into an exciting adventure. Together they must rescue Tyrannosaurus from the giant swamp snake!

This is another great ‘Harry’ book. Not to be confused with the great Mr Potter, this Harry is busy learning about life with his favourite dinosaur toys. I really enjoyed reading Harry and the Dinosaurs with my daughter and this one continues the pleasure. In the first story Harry discovers a bucketful of dinosaurs and is astonished when they come to life, running away from him and getting up to mischief. I love the fact that (as an adult at least) you can see that this could be Harry’s imagination as he plays with his toys and sees them as real and alive when in fact they are not.

In this story Harry has to deal with visiting a place he is not sure about and possibly having to share his beloved dinosaurs. This is so resonant of conversations we have had at home about both visiting and sharing and the concerns that children can have about it. It is great that Harry overcomes his reservations through imaginative play with his dinosaurs and his friend.

All the books we have read in this series show how the dinosaurs help Harry with various situations he finds himself in, coupled with the colourful and attractive drawings they make lovely books to just read, or to talk about.

Verdict: An enjoyable story to make your little one think without even thinking about it!

Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: Puffin
Publication Date: August 2003
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Early Readers
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: British Book
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