Dinosaur Roar! is a modern classic and one of the world’s much loved dinosaur picture books for children. Written and illustrated by Paul and Henrietta Stickland, it continues to delight young children and adults around the world.
The book was first published in 1994 by Ragged Bears Publishing and over its 22 year history, has been published in many different formats. The book is now published by Macmillan’s Children's Books and raises money for the Natural History Museum.
Dinosaur Roar! features a series of colourful dinosaurs with rhyming text that teaches young children about opposites and individual differences. It has been translated into many different languages and has sold in millions all round the world - quite something for a book that started life in the tiny Somerset hamlet of Milborne Wick!
When it came to designing the cast of characters for Dinosaur Roar!, Paul Stickland says he didn't want them to be too scary, just scary enough.
Paul wanted there to be a riot of colours too, perhaps too much for some palaeontologists but, why not? No one knew what colours dinosaurs actually were! As you can see, some of them are based on real dinosaurs, some clearly are not...
It took Paul about six months to paint the spreads of the book. He used Ecoline watercolour inks, after drawing a pencil rough, on lovely hard Schoellershammer 6R paper.
He did the artwork at the same size as the book, ie 560mm x 240mm and used the inks on wet paper, which is how he got the bleed effect.
"It’s the 20th anniversary of Dinosaur Roar, the picture-book giant for small children which has been reissued for the occasion. “Dinosaur sweet, dinosaur grumpy, dinosaur spiky, dinosaur lumpy” — it still puts a lump in your throat. In a handful of words and 24 pages of fabulous drawings, the authors convey a crucial message to small kids and big ones: different folks can get along, and even eat tea together without fighting. They should have handed it out at the peace talks in Geneva. With its satisfying onomatopoeia and scope for silly voices, it’s one of my favourite books ever to read out loud."
"This is a delightful book, and a firm favourite with pre-schoolers. The glorious illustrations encourage comment and observation, while the rhythm of the text soon has children chanting along..."
DINOSAUR ROAR! was listed third in the top 10 dinosaur books by the Daily Telegraph who added ..."A lovely rhythmic poem that small children love to recite."
"...hugely successful. Based on opposites, the rhyming text has a great swinging rhythm, and the pictures are great too, with some nice visual jokes."
PRACTICAL PARENTING MAGAZINE
"Here, the most expressive of dinosaurs introduce very young children to the idea of opposites. Wonderful illustrations and a text full of rhyme and rhythm, make this a book to revisit endlessly."
"If you only put one book in their Christmas stocking, make it DINOSAUR ROAR!, an exquisitely illustrated and highly entertaining picture book."
"This board book version of the highly successful picture book introduces opposites. Spectacular, brightly coloured dinosaurs of every shape and size roar and squeak... Dinosaurs are endlessly fascinating to children, this lovely book will encourage even younger fans."
THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE
"These dinosaurs, as colorfully and cleverly conceived by the Sticklands (The Christmas Bear, 1993), are huge but meek, tiny but fierce, clean but awfully prim, slovenly but affectionate. A "sweet dinosaur tries to coyly "hide behind a tree thinner than its arm; a "fat dinosaur lounges with a palm tree between its fingers, about to chew it as if it were a blade of grass; in a primordial dinner scene, herbivores and carnivores alike look on in bemused astonishment as one strange creature, passing up both the foliage and the bones that are politely being consumed all around, feasts on the "h in "scrunch! Crafty details like these transform what might otherwise be just another look at the oldest cast of characters in children's literature into a visual extravaganza. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"