June 2010, Bloomsbury
32 pages, Paperback
Picture book, Children's
Family relationships, behaviour
Summary from Bloomsbury
Not all rocks are rocks. This might sound like nonsense, but it isn't. How the little dinosaur reacts to being in a bad mood is normal for children. His family aren't impressed, and sends him off for a punishment. He isn't as lonely as he looks on the rock, for it isn't a rock at all. It is someone who is wise, who has lots of experience with younglings and one who The littlest dinosaur will listen to. Sometimes it isn't easy hearing something from a family member. Hearing it from a stranger helps to see things from a different point because the stranger is distanced from the issue. I loved the pastel effect of the illustrations. They are bright and cheery and welcoming to readers. Even when the littlest dinosaur was acting unreasonably, I smiled at how cute he looked.
A story that helps children understand their own behaviour in a fun style, definitely one for the bookshelf.
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