This is NOT a Dinosaur!

This is NOT a Dinosaur!

By Author / Illustrator

Barry Timms, Ged Adamson


Funny Stories

Age range(s)



Nosy Crow Ltd




Paperback / softback




Prepare for a hilarious adventure with the funniest dinosaur you've EVER seen! This book is NOT about a dinosaur! Well, not an any old dinosaur. THIS dinosaur can become the most amazing things - a footballer, pirate, deep-sea diver, knight, magician and even a hairdresser! Having a dinosaur for a friend is one BIG adventure.

This fabulously funny story has stacks of appeal for both girls and boys. Look out for spooky houses, prehistoric creatures, silly fish, sparkling teeth and LOTS of fun and friendship. With wonderful wordplay and a sweet relationship at its heart, this is NOT a dinosaur book to be missed!Every Nosy Crow paperback picture book comes with a free "Stories Aloud" audio recording. Just scan the QR code and listen along!

See also: This is NOT a Unicorn   This is NOT a Polar Bear      Q&A with Author and Illustrator Barry Timms & Ged Adamson



I read This is Not A Dinosaur to a class of 30 Y2 children and they loved it as much as I did! I always love a book with rhyme and this one was no exception; it is also a book that can make children laugh. It has lovely illustrations and plenty of opportunities for discussion with the children about the different things and roles the dinosaur could become. The class especially loved the ending, which tugged at the heartstrings, and all sighed " Aaaaaah!" as I read the final page. Definitely one to read out loud in your classroom!

Picture book / Reviewed by Ashley Clayton, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 5+


This is Not A Dinosaur is another great story written by Barry Timms. Barry likes the way that stories bring people together and this book did not disappoint. The book that is 'not' about a dinosaur....well maybe it is.

The children enjoyed the natural rhythm that this book has and they were soon able to pick up the pattern of the text and join in with the repeated refrains. The bright, colourful illustrations served as clues for the children, encouraging them to guess what amazing thing the dinosaur was going to be next. Of course they all liked the last one the best and joined in with the words at the end of the story 'you're mine-osaur!'

This funny story appealed to both the boys and the girls in the class - it is a great addition to both our dinosaur box but also our box of books about friendship. The children also enjoyed scanning the QR code after they had heard the story once so they could hear it over and over again. One not to be missed!

Picture book / Reviewed by Samantha Hughes, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 3+


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