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Dino Dad

"A roar-somely satisfying mash-up of family adventure, funny fiction and anthropomorphic dinosaur antics"

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May 2024 Debut of the Month

Voiced by the effervescent Ruby Roo, Dino Dad — the children’s fiction debut by CBeebies star Andy Day — sets up a new series in entertaining style. Enhanced by animated, characterful illustrations by the ever-brilliant Steven Lenton, it’s a riot of family-centred adventure accompanied by dinosaur facts and page-turning energy.

Ruby (“I’m six-and-a-little-bit years old, and I have long, wavy blonde hair. I love outdoor adventures, solving problems and learning new things”) comes from a long line of dinosaur experts. Not only does her dad own a “VERY popular local dinosaur museum, full of fossils and models of amazing prehistoric creatures that people come from all over the world to visit”, but her great-great-GREAT-grandad named the first-ever dinosaur to be discovered.

But, as our heroine discovers on one typically chaotic Saturday when her little sister Indie vanishes, Ruby and her dad are, in fact, “POOPAs”, AKA Protectors of our Prehistoric Allies, and that’s not even the half of it! After journeying to find Indie on a special island on which dinosaurs still exist, Ruby finds out she and her dad can actually transform into dinosaurs.

Cue all manner of mayhem and anthropomorphic dinosaur antics, with a satisfying “home in time for tea” ending that’ll leave fans of funny adventure fiction hungry for the next book in the series.

Joanne Owen

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Give Five Loud Roars for Dino Dad! It's a Roar-some book!

Dino Dad by Andy Day is brilliant! Enter an amazing adventure with Ruby and her mischievous sister, called Indie, as they explore an exciting dino-land where they turn into dinosaurs! Actual dinosaurs! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure books. The main character Ruby is nice and fun, it is great to explore the world with her-an ordinary girl, in an ordinary house but has this incredible power to turn into a dinosaur! Join them as they take part in lots of games, fun and drama. The pictures by Steven Lenton help you to imagine the exactly all the exciting things that they get up to.... Read Full Review

Evie Perkins

I would recommend it as it is a really nice story.

The cover of this book is very nice, attractive and fun. The story is quite interesting, charming and magical. We've read it together with my 6 year-old son and he was very into it. There are some funny moments in it and some very thoughtful.... Read Full Review

Diana Nedeva

Dino Dad is a charming and educational book that encourages curiosity and a love for learning. It's a must-have addition to any dino loving child's library and is sure to be treasured by dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages.

Dino Dad by Andy Day blends prehistoric adventure with themes of family, love and acceptance. Andy Day, known for his work in children’s television, brings his storytelling expertise to the pages of this book. The story follows the adventures of a young dinosaur named Danny, whose dad has an unusual secret – he's a dinosaur too! Danny's dad can transform into a T-Rex, which leads to some heart-warming moments as they navigate through the challenges of being a dinosaur family in a modern world!

Plenty of vibrant and engaging illustrations, by Martin Ursell, help to transport the reader to a world where they can learn facts about different dinosaur species and their habitats.... Read Full Review

Helen Robinson