The Day I Had a Dinosaur

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Pub Date 11 Jun 2024 | Archive Date 12 Jul 2024
MamaBear Books | Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles

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Description

A fun-filled friendship story about our favorite prehistoric reptiles…Dinosaurs!

When Luke and his friends have “real-life” dinosaurs for a day, there can only be one outcome, the best-osaurus day ever! Join these kind-hearted friends as they adventure through their day, ensuring that no dinosaur is left out, and everyone has fun working together. 

A fun-filled friendship story about our favorite prehistoric reptiles…Dinosaurs!

When Luke and his friends have “real-life” dinosaurs for a day, there can only be one outcome, the best-osaurus day...


A Note From the Publisher

Hardcover: 9781960616111

eBook: 9781960616135

Hardcover: 9781960616111

eBook: 9781960616135


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ISBN 9781960616128
PRICE US$17.95 (USD)
PAGES 36

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This book is sprinkled with fun and playful fonts and illustrations! What an exciting story of positivity, collaboration, and encouragement. This story will inspire creativity!

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This book was cute. I read it with my little one and he liked that they were able to adapt each activity for Rex so that could still join in on the fun.

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My 3 year old and I enjoyed reading this! The illustrations were adorable and so fun. We also loved the made up Dino words!

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This book was adorable!!
To start off, I LOVED the dedication at the beginning. It was dedicated to all of the smart and creative kids reading this book, and it said: "You are awesome." So cute!!
Another amazing thing that the authors flawlessly incorporated was inclusivity. Whenever the dinosaurs couldn't do something, all of the kids used their creativity to do something that everyone could do - just allowing everyone to be involved. Similarly, I thought it was great how the author included pronunciations of the dinosaur names. These pronunciations were broken up so that they were very easily understood, and not complicated.
Last but not least, the pictures were colorful and some even made me laugh out loud. Bravo!

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this book was absolutely adorable!! i downloaded it to read to and with my nephew and my young cousins and they loved it!!! it’s such an easy read and i can definitely see myself reading it again for them

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My 3 year old son says this book “is so cool-osaurus!” 
Cute pictures for any dino loving kid. A group of kids tell us all about what they did when they had dinosaur friends for a day. Adorable picture and silly phrases, with the important lesson of try try again. Highly recommend it.

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This book was so fun! I The story was engaging from the very beginning and illustrations were bright and captivating. I also appreciated how clear the words themselves were and I really liked how there was variety in how they were presented in such a way as to further emphasise key moments in the story itself. It was also a great idea to include pronunciations for each dinosaur name. Overall this book had a great message about resilience and adapting circumstances to suit your individuality.

Many thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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This story is dino-tastic! I have a 6 year old nephew who love love loves dinosaurs and I cannot wait to get him this book! The 4 different dinosaurs were all so cute and fun! The kids trying to find different activities for the dinosaurs was even better! I would 100% recommend this book!

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I really think this book is great for children. It has a lot of good messages such as not giving up and persevering to achieve what you want. I also loved that the pronunciation of the dinosaur names were under the name so that kids could sounded it out. Another great thing about this story was that it illustrated how big dinosaurs are and how many different kinds of dinosaur there used to be.

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What a cute and charming children's dinosaur book! I really enjoyed the colorful illustrations, and I know that having the pronunciation of each dinosaur name will be super appreciated by many parents. My little dinosaur lover who is almost 6 would really enjoy this one!

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"The Day I Had a Dinosaur" by Ashley Wall is a delightful tale that combines imagination, friendship, and everyone's favorite prehistoric creatures – dinosaurs! In this charming story, Luke and his friends embark on an extraordinary adventure when they find themselves face-to-face with real-life dinosaurs for a day. What ensues is a heartwarming journey filled with fun, teamwork, and plenty of dinosaur-sized excitement.

Wall's narrative is engaging and accessible, making it perfect for young readers. The story celebrates the power of friendship as Luke and his friends work together to ensure that every dinosaur is included and that everyone has a roaring good time. The colorful illustrations bring the story to life, capturing the wonder and magic of the dinosaur-filled day.

"The Day I Had a Dinosaur" is sure to capture the hearts of children and adults alike with its lovable characters and imaginative storyline. It's a perfect read-aloud book for families and a wonderful addition to any child's library. Get ready for a dino-mite adventure that will leave readers smiling from ear to ear!

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My 7 year old really enjoyed this one! He liked that he was able to sound out the difficult dinosaur names thanks to the pronunciations underneath. He loves dinosaurs so we'll probably grab this once it's released!

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This is an adorable book. My kids love all things dinosaur so they will love this book. The pictures so adorable as well.

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What an absolutely adorable dinosaur read! My boys love dinosaurs and enjoyed this book. The illustrations are beautiful and vibrant. Great read for any little dino fan!

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This book is absolutely adorable! I was charmed right from the dedication, which is aimed at all the smart and creative kids diving into this story. I'm eagerly looking forward to grabbing a physical copy to share with some of my favorite little ones. The way the dinosaurs' names are phonetically spelled is a thoughtful touch, making it fun and easy for kids to pronounce them. Plus, the illustrations are fantastic! The colors are so vibrant that I can only imagine how they'll pop in print. "The Day I Had a Dinosaur" would make a perfect gift for any dino-enthusiast kid.

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Lovely colourful book bringing to life the imagination of Luke and his dinosaurs. I liked the emphasis on positive language and pronunciation for dinosaur names. My son wanted me to re-read straight away and joined in. He really liked that Rex didn’t give up and no one made fun of him but helped him to help himself find a way to overcome the problem - alternative sport, teaching to throw and practice.

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The book was beautifully written. The author made careful word choices that were very impactful. I liked how some of the words are bigger than others as it only engages and gets kids excited. Overall, the book was well written and I did really enjoy it.

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The Day I Had a Dinosaur
Ashley Wall, Jennifer Rees, Vaughan Duck
Who doesn’t love a book about dinosaurs! In this book we meet Luke and his friends. The kids have the best-osaurus time when their toys come to life. This adorable book demonstrates friendship, support, persistence, and being part of a group. I love the way the kids learned to work together.
There are pictures of dinosaurs along with the pronunciation of dinosaur names making it easy to sound out the names. Kids will learn the size of the dinosaur as well as the different types.
Great book, Creative and fascinating!
Thank you NetGalley for providing me an ARC.

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Everyone loves a good Dino book! This was a fun book about children playing with dinosaurs and helping them to have fun, even though there’s a big size different. When T-rex got frustrated, his friends took the time to make sure he could be included and showed him to be patient and try new ways to play. My daughters loved this one.

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The Day I had a Dinosaur is a children's story with positive messaging and a fun premise.. I loved the playful and animated fonts, which made the book great fun to read aloud. The way the facts about dinosaurs were combined with humorous illustrations makes them really accessible for kids to learn ('....dinosaurs can't even fit under the monkey bars'!). The interactions between the young children and the dinosaurs fostered messages of inclusivity, caring, adaptability, self care, and problem solving. We particularly loved the dinosaur hide and seek!

The illustrations were bright, vibrant and expressive, really bringing both dinosaurs, children and their amusing antics to life.

Thank you MamaBear Books and NetGalley for a copy of this book. Opinions expressed are my own.

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This book is so cute! Exactly the kind of story that I would want for a dino-obsessed kiddo. There is a heavy lean on imagination and play - introducing a cast of characters and different dinosaurs. There's also dino facts sprinkled into the storyline to help kids learn about dinos while still enjoying the fun and engaging story.

The illustrations are cute and colorful - very bold and bright to support the story and move the narrative along while matching what the words on the page are saying. Overall, would be a cute addition to any kids book collection. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC to read and review!

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this book for free in exchange for my review! All opinions are my own.

I thought that this book was a fun read. It teaches children that dinosaurs may not be that scary after all. I thought that illustrations were charming and the story was pretty easy to follow, and I enjoyed reading it - even as an adult, so I can imagine this book being a big hit with the younger readers as well.

Super fun read!



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I really enjoyed reading this to my son, he was smiling and laughing when I would show him the pictures. The artwork is very cute and colorful. It was a perfect little story to read my son.

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"The Day I Had a Dinosaur" is an absolute delight! This charming children's book is filled with vibrant, full-color illustrations that bring its imaginative world to life. I especially loved how it portrays the joys of childhood friendships and the boundless creativity of healthy imaginations.

Not only is this book entertaining, but it's also educational, providing fascinating information about dinosaurs through engaging questions that draw children into the story. It's sure to captivate young readers and make learning fun.

I can't wait to share this wonderful book with my niece—it's not just a captivating story but also a fantastic teaching tool.

Many thanks to NetGalley and MamaBear Books for providing this copy. All opinions are my own, and I highly recommend this gem for any young reader's bookshelf!

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This colorful and fun picture book is perfect for the young (aged 2-8) dinosaur lovers in your life. Four of the prehistoric creatures show up one day and a group of young friends take them on an adventure. Loved that the dinosaurs had phonetic pronunciations of their names along with their illustrations. A delight!

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This is a really clever book that, through dinosaurs (which children tend to love and are very drawn to) teaches many lessons. In a subtle way it shows how everyone has different abilities and that doesn't make anyone better or worse. It also teaches children to pronounce the names of dinosaurs and the different types that exist.
I don't have kids, but if I did I would definitely buy this because in a fun way it explains how we should all respect each other and that at the end of the day the most important thing is to have fun.
The illustrations are beautiful too! Especially the children's faces are very detailed.

*Thanks to NetGalley uk, the publishers and the author for the ARC*

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Adorable illustrations in this sweet story about that classic of children’s favorite topics - dinosaurs! So many things to love about this tale of kiddos befriending dinos… from the pronunciation guides to the dino names to the normalized inclusivity - when a game they’re playing doesn’t work for someone, they just work together to make it work for everyone… Loved how these kiddos collectively embodied the spirit of community and accessibility, with no fuss. Great story.

Definitely recommend this book for the kiddos in your life.

Thank you Netgalley for the digital ARC of this book.

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I read this book with my kids and I loved the artwork as did my kids! The activities were all adapted for inclusiveness for the dinosaurs, which will definitely be a positive for teaching children to be more inclusive with other children who are differently abled. The names of dinosaurs included pronunciations which made this an even more interactive book and allowed my children the opportunity to learn new dinosaur names. It's short, silly, sweet and proves a child's imagination is bountiful and beautiful. Ashley Wall displayed that beautifully. So many subtle lessons for children are included and it's the best way to send a positive message. I will definitely be purchasing upon release, it will be a staple in our children's library!

Thank you to NetGalley and Ashley Wall for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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I grabbed this one because we loved the bulldozer one so much. This one was a fun adventure as well! My kids favorite thing to do is to make it to the end to see what the next adventure will be. These books are super entertaining and easy to follow.

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Thank you so much MamabearBooks and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book for my students. This is an adorable picture book that discusses how to adjust what happens when you have a friend who may not be able to accomplish typical tasks but also it shows the pronunciation of all the dinosaurs pictured. I love it and highly recommend 5 out of 5 stars

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Oh my goodness with all things cuteness!! We absolutely loved this story! The dinosaurs and their friends are the best-osaurus. The imagination and creativity that the story provided and then encouraged was so special. Thank you for this Dino gem!!

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Thank you mamabear books and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange of an honest review.

This was just such an adorable book to read. My daughter isn't fan of dolls but unicorns and dinosaurs and while I was surfing on Netgalley and she was looking over she noticed the book and I had to request it.

She loved every page of the book, the illustrations are so cute and beautiful and had such a calming effect, she was so happy.

I can't even even express in words how happy she was and how glad I'm to found this book. Hundred of stars.

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A fun story about dinosaurs and friendship, with a focus on how to be a good friend and to make sure everyone is able to participate. A great lesson with the fun of dinosaurs.

The story flows well and the artwork is great.

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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My littlest loves dinos, so I knew I had to read it with him! He enjoyed it over a couple different sittings, he's a wild toddler who doesn't sit still for long. He enjoyed doing the different activities that were on the pages, especially the dino-yoga. Bright and colorful illustrations! I will be adding this one to our library.

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"The Day I Had a Dinosaur" is a cute picture book with some nice messages. My 5-year-old is in a dino phase right now and really enjoyed the story and the cute illustrations.

The main character, Luke, and his friends are suddenly visited by friendly dinosaurs. The kids take the dinos to the playground, play catch and then do yoga. At every step, the kids make sure that everyone is having fun. As the kids notice that T-Rex is having trouble throwing a ball or doing yoga moves, they encourage him to practice and keep trying, in order to get better.

The story is quite simple, but captures well the frustration kids feel, when they are not able to do something. The message, that one should keep trying, is a very needed one, and this book is a great way to gently enlist kids to not give up.

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ARC Book Review
The Day I Had a Dinosaur by Ashley Wall
5/5 ⭐

Thank you for trusting me with an e-arc in exchange for an honest review: NetGalley, Ashley Wall, Mama Bear Books @mamabear_books

This story was too cute and my kids, 3 and 8, had so much fun reading it. Not only is it a fun story but also one that teaches about problem solving, including others, and finding ways to calm down, hello dino yoga. The pictures were perfect for the story and done in such a fun way. The story itself was easy to read and overall dinorific.

If you have a dinosaur loving kiddo this book is definitely for you!

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