One of the most popular books in our home lately is "Mungo and the Dinosaur Island" written by Timothy Knapman and illustrated by Adam Stower.
It's packed full of adventure and excitement. Definitely one to spark the imagination.
I really like this book because it contains great illustrations. They're so descriptive that the characters take on a life of their own.
As for the text, I love the way the author adds in vocabulary which extends children (and the person reading the book aloud). I confess that the term "rascally rapscallions" isn't a part of our normal daily conversations and it took me a few attempts before I could roll it off without hesitation. :o
The book is written with humour which entertained both the boys and myself. Hmm .... some people are probably wondering if I'm just an overgrown child? Maybe this is the case! :o
If you'd like a more in depth book review on this book, guess what ... I've written one at http://www.best-childrens-books.com/mungo-dinosaur.html ... just in case you'd like to read it.
An Extension Activity for Mungo and the Dinosaur Island
On one of the pages of the book, there's a picture of an erupting volcano. Somehow, volcanoes and dinosaurs seem to go together well. Based on this, we engaged in a science activity that was a hit with the boys. We created our own dinosaur island complete with not one ... but two .... erupting volcanoes ... with flowing lava.
To make an erupting volcano, we have normally used baking soda and vinegar. However, we've discovered that it works incredibly better with the addition of some secret ingredients. If you'd like to know more, have a look at Erupting Volcanoes.
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