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Dec 16 2016

Return of the dinosaurs by Bronwyn Houston

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Magabala Books, 2016. ISBN 9781925360370
(Age: 6+) Highly recommended. Return of the Dinosaurs is a beautifully illustrated Australian picture book. What if dinosaurs returned? What would they do all day? Better yet, what would they do if they lived in Broome, Western Australia? Author, Bronwyn Houston uses her local knowledge and Broome landmarks to help describe what the dinosaurs would get up to. The dinosaurs could be seen at Cable Beach or the local movie house. Locals could take photos as the dinosaurs splash in the ocean and the dinosaurs could find the secret salmon runs. The text is short and descriptive, making it a great book to read before bed or to a class. The gorgeous illustrations will provoke discussions, children could create their own images to go with the story, real photographs of the landmarks could be compare to the drawings and different art techniques and mediums could be explored to recreate the images. Highly recommended for readers aged 3+ but they will require an adult to read it to them. Children aged 6+ will enjoy exploring the vocabulary and the images.
Kylie Kempster

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