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Reviewed by Rhian Waller for Readers' Favorite
My Dino Ate My Homework by Ingrid Sawubona is a fun, brightly illustrated children's book for younger readers. A little boy has the perfect reason for not handing in his homework: his pet dinosaur ate it! This is a bit different from the usual "my dog ate my homework" excuse, and, as you can imagine, the dinosaur reacts very oddly to digesting all that paper and ink. Instead of simply coughing it back up again, the dino starts showing off his new knowledge in all sorts of unexpected ways. He quotes Shakespeare, discusses biology, lectures about geography and - more than that - he puts all his learning to good use. But this can't last forever, and suddenly things go wrong with messy results.
This fast-paced, quirky and compelling story is told through rhyme and illustrated throughout. The cartoony drawings are excellent. Each page is clear and colorful, with touches of slapstick humor here and there. What's wonderful about this story is that children will end up learning bits and bobs as they go, probably without even realizing. The message is also good - the little boy doesn't actually skip out on his school work. All the wonderful things his dino has learned come straight from the work he has already done. His teacher might not believe him, but he's clearly learned a lot. Overall, this exuberant book should appeal to younger readers even if they don't want to do their homework!