Tuesday, July 15

How to Build a Dinosaur!

When the amazing team at Seven Stories asked me to build a giant Dinosaur Roar! for their Creation Station, how could I say no?!
I was delighted to be invited to be Artist in Residence at The National Centre for Children's Books, Seven Stories in Newcastle in July 2014. Seven Stories is the most amazing place to visit if you, like me, love children's books. Everything in the building is designed to foster a love for children's books and children's literature.
Wonderful exhibitions featuring the world's best children's book illustrators and authors work, the most incredible children's bookshop and a busy program of events to delight the lucky children that live within reach. What a resource, the children of the Noth East are very lucky indeed.

Seven Stories' dedicated, friendly and resourceful staff really pulled out the stops to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Dinosaur Roar! I was really honoured.
So when Lorna Duncanson emailed me suggesting that I build a giant dinosaur during my time there, I leapt at the chance!

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Sunday, June 1

New Dinosaur Roar! Website

Great news, the new Dinosaur Roar Website is up and running!

Dinosaur games, dinosaur competitions and all the latest Dinosaur Roar News!

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On the new Dinosaur Roar Website we have a wonderful collection of Free Dinosaur Roar Colouring Pages. Every single page of Dinosaur Roar! ready for your kids to colour in. Follow my colouring with inks or try out your own colour schemes, crazy colourful dinosaurs!
 13 Free Dinosaur Roar Acitivities for kids to download and print!

Visit DinosaurRoar.com

Saturday, May 3

Dinosaur Roar iPad and iPhone App!

Great news, the brilliant team at +Immediate Media Co have released...

The Dinosaur Roar App for iPad and iPhone!

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Listen, Read, Record, Colour, Name and ROAR!

Kids just love dinosaurs, they seem to be hard wired for it!
There are a lot of dinosaur apps for kids out there but this is the Dinosaur Roar app for kids!

The World of Dinosaur Roar welcome's a great new kid's dinosaur app for iPad and iPhone.
Buy it here!

It's been great fun seeing the development of this app. My four year old daughter means that I have struggled to keep it out of her grasp but what better way to test an app designed for kids and preschool children.
Simple fun here. The designers at Immediate Media have done a great job of distilling the things that kids love about Dinosaur Roar! So we have a strong emphasis on storytelling. Listen to the story read by a delightful cast or read the story. The favourite feature in this household is recording your own reading of Dinosaur Roar! We have been helpless with laughter at our own silly, childish and very possibly rude version of the text! Brilliant fun, kid's apps aren't usually that funny.
I love the idea of getting your favourite  dinosaur  Grampa or Granny to read the text for their favourite grandson or daughter, saving it for later, great feature.

Then there are some great colouring pages, which you could easily print out to colour in and have fun with. There's a dinosaur name generator too. More details below:

"Inspired by the best-selling picture book, Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Stickland, the new Dinosaur Roar! app, created by Immediate Media Co, is a must for all young dinosaur fans.
Using Paul Stickland’s original designs and Henrietta Stickland’s wonderful rhyming text, the app is aimed at 2-4 year olds and incorporates different storytelling functions, creative colouring options, as well as a fun ‘shake and name’ device. Children can watch, hear, colour in and touch their favourite dinosaurs as they stomp, shuffle, run, chomp, blink, squeak and roar their way across the screen.
Storytelling options let you listen to the story narrated by a child’s voice, or alternatively you can read the story yourself – with the option to record and save – while the innovative scrolling function takes you on a continuous journey through the dinosaurs’ world.
For colouring fun, simply select your favourite dinosaur from the menu, then using your fingers to add colours and patterns, you can recreate the original, or be as creative and colourful as you like. A save function allows you to preserve your mini-masterpiece, plus each dinosaur can be coloured in again and again (and again)!
Sara Oldham, Editor, Pre-School Titles, Immediate, said: I'm a huge fan of the Dinosaur Roar! picture book, which has been delighting children for 20 years. It has been a real privilege to work with the book's illustrator, Paul Stickland, to bring his beautiful paintings to life. We're sure young fans will be thrilled to have this playful family of dinosaurs at their fingertips. And with educational benefits that include reading, writing, creativity, co-ordination, maths and emotional learning, we're sure parents will love it too."
Peter Curtis, Director, Nurture Rights, added: The Dinosaur Roar! app is a perfect companion to the much loved picture book by Paul and Henrietta Stickland. It’s wonderful to see that the book, that has shaped so many young children’s early reading years, has now been reinvented for a new generation. Immediate have brought the book to life beautifully and kids will be roaring for more!"
The classic picture book Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Stickland, was first published in the UK in 1994 and has become a publishing phenomenon, with sales of more than five million books worldwide. As this iconic children’s title marks its 20th anniversary, owners Nurture Rights have appointed Penguin Random House as the new publishers, and have also teamed up with the Natural History Museum to develop and market the Dinosaur Roar! brand. Dinosaur Roar! is the inspiration for a major new project for pre-schoolers being developed by Nurture Rights, in association with the Natural History Museum, with a percentage of royalties from sales of the app going to support the work of the museum."

The Dinosaur Roar! iOS app for iPad and iPhone is priced at £1.99 in the UK and available worldwide for download from iTunes 

Monday, April 14

Dinosaur Roar! - Live on Stage!

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Dinosaur Roar! - Live on Stage!

Some great news hot off the press...
"Nurture Rights, the kids entertainment company set up by Peter Curtis and Nick Barrington last year has today announced a multi year deal with the Birmingham Stage Company to produce a stage production of the classic picture book, Dinosaur Roar!.
Birmingham Stage Company is one of the world's premiere companies producing theatre for children and their families and is well known for its acclaimed productions of Horrible Histories and the many adaptations of Roald Dahl's works.
Birmingham Stage Company is to commence development of the stage version of the classic picture book immediately.
Dinosaur Roar! is one of the best-selling picture books of all time. Since it was first published in 1994, it has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and is translated in over 30 different languages.
Dinosaur Roar! Live on Stage! will be produced by Neal Foster of Birmingham Stage and written and directed by David Wood OBE, the country's leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children.
Birmingham Stage Company and David Wood OBE will reunite for the new stage production following their success of Tom's Midnight Garden and Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach and George's Marvellous Medicine.
The tour will commence next year and run into 2016. It will feature giant dinosaur puppets based on Paul Stickland's stunning designs and will feature songs specially written for the production.
Neal Foster of Birmingham Stage said "One of the joys of working in children's theatre is you find yourself being immersed in extraordinary subjects and the chance to learn all there is about dinosaurs in partnership with the Natural History Museum is a dream come true!"
David Wood OBE said, 'Children love dinosaurs. They particularly love the dinosaurs in the DINOSAUR ROAR! books. I am really looking forward to bringing these creatures from page to stage and triggering the children's imaginations even further by letting them see the dinosaurs come alive in an exciting theatre experience.'
Peter Curtis of Nurture Rights said, "We're all really excited about this theatre production which we believe Birmingham Stage will craft into a truly spectacular experience for children and their families."
"In the safe and experienced hands of Neal Foster and David Wood, Dinosaur Roar! Live on Stage! will be a prehistoric treat for young children across the UK. This marks a very significant stage in the lifecycle of Dinosaur Roar!l and gives young dinosaur fans the opportunity to engage with their favourite dinosaurs."
Nurture is currently working with the palaeontology team at the Natural History Museum in London to create the authentic dinosaur property for the under 6s with interactive and engaging content for young dinosaur enthusiasts. This will include an online world for pre-school dinosaur fans, a touring dinosaur exhibition specifically for the age group as well as an IMAX experience."

Thursday, April 3

Buy Dinosaur Roar!

Dinosaur Roar is 20!

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this bestselling children's dinosaur picture book, Random House is publishing a brand new paperback and hardback edition of Dinosaur Roar in association with the wonderful Natural History Museum in London!

Buy Dinosaur Roar - Paperback Edition

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I can't tell you how delighted I am to have the book published by these great partners. 
Random House has a fabulous reputation for top quality children's books and I am very happy for my book to be on their excellent list. 
As for The Natural History Museum... I think that my many visits to The Natural History Nuseum are what sparked off my interest in dinosaurs and all of natural life on this planet. I would be taken up there in my school holidays by my elderly Aunt Ida, who delighted in showing me all the wonders of the museum. Little did I know that many years later, I would become an author and illustrator and that my books would be published in association with this wonderful museum. I am truly honoured.

Dinosaur Roar now has a brand new website DinosaurRoar.com which will soon to be full of wonderful activities and crafts for preschool dinosaur lovers!

Thursday, March 27

Win a Signed Dinosaur Roar Print!

Win a signed limited edition print of Dinosaur Roar! 

Just follow @DinosaurRoar20 on Twitter!
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Signed by the illustrator, Paul Stickland, this is your chance to win one of a very few high quality Dinosaur Roar prints for your or your children's walls!  ROAR!!
Competition ends Midnight 3rd April 2014 GMT

Friday, March 21

Dinosaur Roar Jigsaws and Games by Paul Lamond

Just in, these fabulous new Dinosaur Roar! Jigsaws, Dinosaur Roar Floor Puzzles and Dinosaur Roar Memory Games from top UK Toy Company, Paul Lamond. Click on any of the links or images to purchase these great new dinosaur games from Amazon UK.

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A great simple Dinosaur Memory Game featuring your favourite Dinosaur Roar Characters!
Ideal for Dinosaur Mad Toddlers from Three Years old upwards. 
Great Dinosaur Party Favor or Gift for a Dinosaur Themed Party.

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A Fantastic Jumbo Dinosaur Roar 24 piece Floor Puzzle, featuring Paul Stickland's cover artwork for Dinosaur Roar! This puzzle has extra large pieces suitable for smaller fingers and is made of top quality cardboard. 
The finished puzzle measures 490mm x 685mm. Suitable for ages 3 years and up.

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4-in-1 Dinosaur Roar Jigsaw Puzzle! Wow all my favourite dinosaurs, Dinosaur Roar, Dinosaur Sweet, Dinosaur Squeak and Allsorts of Dinosaurs Eating Up Their Lunch...
Four big dinosaur puzzles in one beautiful box!

Great gifts for dinosaur mad children if you are giving a dinosaur themed birthday party or having a dinosaur themed class in school. Perfect for introducing the world of dinosaurs to younger kids.