The Dinosaur That Pooped The Past is my introduction to the books by Tom Fletcher & Dougie Poynter… but you can’t be too surprised by the content with that title! My only surprise was that there wasn’t as much toilet humour as I was expecting.
My little daughter loves this book. At 18 months the big, bright illustrations are wonderful, and the rhyming prose delightful, but I really think it’s the parental giggles (and horror) that has meant this book has been on repeat for 3 days solid now.
The story is about Danny and his rather large dinosaur buddy, who celebrate Danny’s granny turning 1008 by eating green sludge. They then go and play, and swing themselves back through history, back to the time of the dinosaurs. Unfortunately, their time-travelling machine breaks, and they’re about to be boiled alive… and it’s allllll poop from there! Literally (in a fictional sense), as they move forward through time.
Whilst looping through Egypt, it pooped out a pile
Which made a poop pyramid next to the Nile.
It plopped out the sprouts, its bum did a smelly,
And looped out the last piece of poop from its belly.
For some reason I was expecting something more like “The Story of the Little Mole Who Went in Search of Whodunit” crossed with “Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego”, or something with poop jokes scattered throughout like a bad running gag. I wasn’t expecting a stream of dinosaur poo! I’m both horrified (hey, I haven’t got to the non-stop poo joke stage of child raising yet!), and amused (mainly because I’ve seen the look on other adults faces the first time they read this story).
There’s not a lot of educational content going on in this book, but it is absolutely sure to inspire young readers by being just that little bit naughty, more so if this is a read-alone book, smuggled into the house (perhaps by a book loving auntie, trying to share the addiction).
A delighted thank you to RandomHouse NZ for providing a review copy of this title.