The Twelve Dinosaurs of Christmas by Evie Day and Liam Darcy

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On the first day of Christmas, my grandpa gave to me . . .
A Santasaurus and her dino baby!

Can there be anything better than a grandpa who understands your love of dinosaurs and instead of drummers drumming, lords a-leaping, golden rings and a partridge in a pear tree, gives you dinosaurs for the Christmas countdown?

Young dinosaur lovers will delight in this hilarious, colourful, action-packed twist on the traditional song as more and more dinosaurs - some familiar, some not-so, are added to the little girl's collection. And with this week's news that Queensland Museum Network palaeontologists have excavated Australia's first head and associated body of a 100-million-year-old long-necked marine reptile in what has been described as the Rosetta Stone of marine reptile palaeontology, the continuing fascination with these ancient creatures is going to peak again, making this book such a fun read for the enthusiasts - perhaps even offering them some new species to investigate or imagining the problems such gifts might cause... It's amazing what something that starts as just a bit of light entertainment can lead to.

Themes: Dinosaurs, Christmas.

Barbara Braxton