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His feet go STOMP! His jaws go CRUNCH! In the blink of an eye you ll be his LUNCH! All young dinosaurs are warned about the scary Gigantosaurus. So Bonehead volunteers to be the dino-kids lookout whenever they go into the jungle to play. Unfortunately, he is the original boy-dinosaur who cried wolf, or in this case, GIGANTOSAURUS!

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Look at the pattern of rhyming words in the story. Can you make your own collection of rhyming words?
  • Can you find any examples on onomatopoeia in the story?
  • Make a list of words that could be used to describe the Gigantosaurus.
  • Discuss how the dinosaurs characters are similar / different.



  • What are ‘herbivores’?
  • Find out about the different kinds of dinosaurs mentioned in the story. Can you write a report about each one?
  • Create your own dinosaur quiz using the dinosaur information at the back of the book.


  • Use art software to create your own images of dinosaurs.
  • Record your own video retelling of this story. Use this example for inspiration:

  • Watch this time-lapse video of the author creating illustrations for covers of the Harry Potter books.

Design Technology

  • Make a model of Gigantosaurus (or one of the other dinosaurs in the story).


  • Create your own illustrations of Gigantosaurus.
  • Design your own dinosaur.
  • The illustrations have detailed foregrounds and backgrounds. Can you try to create a similar effect in your own pictures.


  • Compose a melody that could be used in a film adaptation of this story.


  • Write a report about volcanoes.


  • Create a timeline that shows different periods of history (including the times when dinosaurs were alive).


  • Bonehead lies repeatedly in the story. Why does he do this? How does it make the other dinosaurs feel?

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