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BOOKS: Colourful dragons and tiny dinosaurs will keep kids happy; Children's Book Review.

Byline: Jayne Howarth

Two extraordinarily adorable picture books have landed on my in-box this week - and it makes me wish I had tiny children to read them to.

The Baby Dragon Tamer by Jan Fearley (Egmont, pounds 10.99 hardback, pounds 5.99 paperback) is lots of fun (although it does use the word 'f*rted', which I hate seeing in children's books. Yes, this does make me appear quite conservative...).

It's all about a fierce dragon who arrives in baby's bedroom, breathing fire and full of temper. Snorting silver sparks, he demands treasure. But the infant just coos, laughs, fills his nappy and then cries and cries some more.

Before you know it, the dragon - who is actually a friendly-looking creature - discovers just what real treasure is.

The illustrations are bright and appealing, with lovely shades of green and blue complemented with cerise and ochre.

Michael Foreman is a stalwart of children's books, illustrating more than 200 over 50 years. The Littlest Dinosaur (Bloomsbury Paperbacks, pounds 5.99) is all about being confident about who you are - whether you are big or small, plump or skinny.

Children often have wobbles about their identity and this book tackles the subject with aplomb. When the little dinosaur emerges from his egg, he is the tiniest thing his family has ever seen. He finds it hard to join in with them as he is so different.

But one day he discovers that his diminutive size is no bad thing. Typically Foreman in style, this is as sweet as candy.
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Date:Mar 13, 2009
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