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Posted by Tom, July 23, 2012

The Best of Summer Reading

After the fantastic coverage for Helen Peters’ The Secret Hen House Theatre in The Guardian, here’s some more good news from The Telegraph and The Indepedent’s Summer Reading round-ups.

Dinah Hall has included both Dinosaur Zoom by Penny Dale, out next month, and Goldilocks and Just the One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson, in The Telegraph’s list of Children’s Books for the Summer.

Of Dinosaur Zoom, she writes:

“Little boys love dinosaurs. Little boys love trucks. Put the two together in the worryingly appealing Dinosaur Zoom! and you have the recipe for a night-time battle over bedtime stories. Resign yourself to reading the same book over and over again for the next two years – and make sure it’s a girl next time.”

And on Goldilocks and Just the One Bear, Hall writes:

“With Hodgkinson’s fetchingly retro midcentury modern illustrations matched by her brilliantly animated text, this is a triumph.”

Dinosaur Zoom is also featured in The Independent’s list of the best new books for under-twelves:

“Penny Dale has a new slant on ever-popular prehistoric animals in her picture book Dinosaur Zoom! Whether driving a blue convertible through the desert or reversing a lorry into the woods, these dinosaurs practically leap from the page.”

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