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The Dirty Great Dinosaur

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The Dirty Great Dinosaur,  Martin Waddell, Illustrated by Leonie Lord, book reviewHal, a very small boy, is playing with his dog in the garden when a roaring dinosaur suddenly confronts him. When the dinosaur announces that he is going to eat Hal, the little boy answers politely that it’s not fair to eat small children. The dinosaur threatens to eat Hal’s parents and then his dog, but each time Hal stands up to him and protests. A chase round the garden ensues, and it ends with Billy the dog and Hal tying the dinosaur up with the washing line.

The dinosaur eventually has to give in, and Hal demands an apology from him. The creature also has to clear up the dreadful mess that he has caused in the garden.

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You and Me, Little Bear

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You and Me, Little Bear By (author) Martin Waddell, Illustrated by Barbara FirthA while ago my daughter and I read a book called ‘Can’t you sleep, Little Bear?’ by Martin Waddell, and enjoyed it so much that I was really pleased when I found a whole set of ‘little bear’ books because I knew she was bound to enjoy them. This book – ‘You and Me, Little Bear‘ is an adorable little picture book telling the story of the relationship between Big Bear and Little Bear and of what happens in one day in their lives.

You and Me, Little Bear’ is really quite a simple one, but that is good for young children. The story starts with Little Bear, like most little people, asking Big Bear if they can play together. However, Big Bear, like most big people, has a host of jobs that has to be done around the house.

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Snow Bears

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Snow BearsSnow Bears’ is a lovely picture book written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Sarah Fox-Davies.

It tells the story of a snowy day when a mummy Bear and her three baby bears go outside to play. The baby bears are soon so covered with snow that their Mummy declares that she has lost her babies and the bears go along with the joke, pretending that they are Snow Bears instead.

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Owl Babies

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Owl Babies‘Owl Babies’ is a gorgeous picture book written by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson. Quite simply, it tells the story of three little owl babies – Sarah, Percy and Bill and what happened one night when their mummy disappeared.

When they discover she has gone, they wonder where she is. Sarah, the eldest baby suggests that she might have gone hunting, and Bill agrees that that she has gone to get them some food. Poor little Bill, the youngest owl baby, just says very sadly ‘I want my Mummy!’

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Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?

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Can't You Sleep, Little Bear By Martin Waddell, By Barbara Firth‘Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?’ is a delightful little picture book to share with young children. It is written by Martin Waddell who has written a number of other excellent children’s books such as ‘Owl Babies’ and ‘Snow Bears’. It seems to be that in most of his books he looks at the relationship between parents and children in a simple way that young children can understand. There is always an underlying sense of love and caring in his books, and although it sounds corny, they do give you a warm fuzzy feeling!

Can’t you sleep, Little Bear?‘ is no different. The story centres on the relationship between Big Bear and Little Bear, and on Big Bear’s efforts to help Little Bear sleep.

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