Wednesday, May 29, 2024
The Stompysaurus

The Stompysaurus

by Mark Warner
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One morning, Stompysaurus wakes from a happy dream, feeling excited for the new day, until things start to go a bit wrong. His brother’s being a tease, his breakfast isn’t his usual favourite and NOTHING is going right. His STOMPS and ROARS start rising inside him, until they EXPLODE!

But a tricky start doesn’t have to mean a stompy finish. Can Stompysaurus find a new way of looking at things and turn his day around?


  • Think of a new dinosaur character (e.g., the Happysaurus or the Angrysaurus) and make up a story about it.
  • Make a list of the rhyming words in the book. Can you think of other words that rhyme with these?
  • Retell the story from the Stompysaurus’ point of view. You could also write it from the Mamasaur’s point of view.
  • Choose one part of the story and write Stompysaurus’ diary entry about that event.
  • Before this story begins, Stompysaurus has a very happy dream. Discuss what might have happened in this dream.
  • Think of some speech / thought bubbles for some of the illustrations. What might the characters be saying or thinking?
  • Imagine that your friend was about to buy a pet Stompysaurus. Write some instructions to help them look after it.
  • How have quotation marks been used in this story? Find examples of direct speech and rewrite them using reported speech.
  • Write a letter of apology from Stompysaurus to his family.
  • Make an acrostic poem based on the word STOMPYSAURUS.
  • Write the main events of the story on separate cards. Challenge a friend to put them in the correct order.
  • Write a sequel to this story, in which Stompysaurus learns another important lesson.
  • Read a ‘read along’ video for this story. Here is an example for inspiration:


  • Plan a healthy meal that Stompysaurus might enjoy.
  • Could Stompysaurus be a carnivore, a herbivore or an omnivore? Learn about different dinosaurs and their diets.


  • Retell this story in the form of an animation, a podcast or a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Design a game in which Stompysaurus has to stomp home to see his family again.

Design Technology:

  • Can you create a model of the Stompysaurus?
  • Create some puppets to represent the characters and use them to retell the story.


  • Look at the illustrations of the Stompysaurus and the Worrysaurus. Could you design a new dinosaur character?
  • How do the illustrations show us how Stompysaurus is feeling? Can you create pictures of a character that show different emotions?
  • How has the illustrator used colours to show Stompysaurus’ emotions? Make a colour wheel that shows how colours can match different emotions.
  • Make some dinosaur footprint stamps and use them to create stomping patterns.


  • Write a simple song about Stompysaurus. You could think of lyrics and match them to a popular tune (e.g. Three Blind Mice) or compose your own melody.
  • Use stomps and other types of body percussion to create a rhythm.


  • Create a story map that shows places in the story and the events that took place in them.


  • Discuss how Stompysaurus reacts to the different events of the story. Can you think of other ways that he could have reacted?
  • What methods does the story share to help us when we are feeling angry, frustrated or stressed about something? Use these ideas and make a poster to share them with others.
  • Why do people say ‘sorry’ to each other? Can you think of a time when you have apologised (or when somebody has apologised to you)? How did it make you feel?

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