Winnie's Dinosaur Day Hardback
Illustrated by Korky Paul
One day, when Winnie and Wilbur are flying over the museum, they see a crowd of people gathered around a huge dinosaur skeleton in the courtyard.
It's a Triceratops and there's a competition to draw or make a model of what the dinosaur would have looked like when it was alive.
Winnie is really keen to take part! But she just isn't sure what the skeleton might have looked like so she decides the only way to find out is to magic herself and her (not-so-willing) cat Wilbur back into the time of the dinosaurs!
Once they arrive in the prehistoric swamp, Winnie and Wilbur hide behind a tree and it's not long before they spot a Triceratops munching the greenery.
Pencils and sketchbook in hand, Winnie just can't capture the dinosaur on paper so instead she jumps onto his back and Winnie, Wilbur, and a rather surprised Triceratops crash into the museum courtyard just as the prize is about to be presented by Professor Perkins.
The Triceratops is even more surprised when he is given the prize!
Then Winnie and Wilbur take him home and it's time for one last magic-wand moment so that Winnie's prehistoric friend can really fit in to his new surroundings.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 32 pages, Full Colour
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 06/09/2012
- Category: Picture storybooks
- ISBN: 9780192794017
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Review by AbigailAdams26
Winnie and Wilbur travel back in time to the age of the dinosaurs in this thirteenth picture-book adventure from Australian author Valerie Thomas and British illustrator Korky Paul. When the local museum holds a special competition for the best picture or model of a dinosaur, Winnie is determined to win the prize. But her inability to imagine how a triceratops would look, in the flesh, leads her to cast another of her spells. With a live model to work from, Winnie manages to create a drawing that almost looks like a triceratops, but it is her actions in bringing the triceratops back with her into the future, that really decides the competition...As with the other entries in this quirky witchy series, I enjoyed <u>Winnie's Dinosaur Day</u> immensely, appreciating the humorous tale of magical hi-jinks, and the detailed artwork. I particularly enjoyed some of Wilbur's reactions this time around, as he looks on aghast while Winnie casts her spell, and hides his eyes rather than look at the dinosaurs around him. Like its predecessors, the endpaper artwork here is supplied by young child fans of the series, in this case from South Korea, which adds to the sense of child-friendly fun. All in all, another entertaining addition to the <i>Winnie the Witch</i> series, one that will appeal to fans of these characters, to children who enjoy witchy tales, and to young readers with an interest in dinosaur stories. The ending, in particular, will appeal to those children who have dreamed of having a dinosaur of their own...