Danny wants everything for Christmas. But what he gets is a dinosaur, a very hungry dinosaur. Danny’s new dino eats up all of Christmas, but as we all know, what goes in must come out… Danny is about to have the most EXPLOSIVE Christmas of his life!
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Can you find all of the rhyming words in the story?
- How many syllables are there in each line of the story? Is there a pattern?
- Imagine one of the ‘festive dreams’ that the ‘snoozers’ may have been having while Santa flew above them high in the sky.
- Some of the words in the book have been made up. Can you find them?
- Could you make up some new words of your own and explain what they mean? Could you use them in a sentence / story?
- Imagine that you were given a real dinosaur as a Christmas gift. Write a story about what might happen to you.
- The dinosaur slurps up granny’s knitting ‘like strings of spaghetti’. Can you think of other similes to describe the things that the dinosaur ate?
- Read the next book in this series, The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet. Which do you prefer? Why?
- Make a shopping list of things that Danny might have added to his Christmas list at the start of the story. How much might these things cost?
- Estimate the size of the dinosaur before and after it started to eat everything.
- Plan a healthy and tasty meal for the dinosaur so that it won’t need to eat everything in sight!
- Make an animated trailer for the book using photos of the illustrations in multimedia software (e.g. Powerpoint). Watch the official trailer for inspiration:
- Could you record your own ‘audiobook’ version of the story. Watch this recording with the authors:
- Design a new pair of pants for the dinosaur to wear at Christmas time.
- Danny has a ‘mountain of toys’. Can you draw what a mountain of toys might look like?
- Could you compose a melody to accompany the rhymes in the story?
- Danny is a greedy boy. What does it mean to be greedy? Why isn’t it nice to be greedy?
- What lesson does Danny learn by the end of the book?