Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

Macmillan Children's Books publish Ten Terrible Dinosaurs!


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Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland, published by Macmillan Children's Books 2017

The wonderful Macmillan Children's Books have just published a brand new remastered 2017 edition of my children's dinosaur picture book, Ten Terrible Dinosaurs.
I'm really pleased to see this book back in print as part of the wonderful new World of Dinosaur Roar!
Originally created as a companion book for the bestselling Dinosaur Roar! which Macmillan Children's Books are publishing in many exciting new formats.

Writing Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

I wrote the text for this book sitting on another publisher's stand at the 1996 Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy.
I spent many years visiting and working at Bologna and the atmosphere and company of colleagues from all over the world of children's books was always a stimulating environment for an author and illustrator.
Ten Terrible Dinosaurs was one of those lucky texts that just arrived, fully formed, all I had to do was write it down. Remarkably little editing and that doesn't often happen...
The same thing happened with One Bear One Dog and also Bears. I'd love to know how that works...
Ten Terrible Dinosaurs is a crazy colourful children's counting book but a counting book in reverse.
The simple story follows a bunch of naughty dinosaurs, as their mischievous antics and silly japes slowly diminishes their numbers until we're left with just one weary one...
...before his friends live up to their name once again!

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Drawing Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

I had great fun drawing and painting all those naughty dinosaurs! 
It was one of those rare books where I sat down with a my favourite pencil and a miniature paper dummy of the book and started drawing on page one. 
I then drew every single spread, in order, in one fell swoop. Again, that very rarely happens!
Usually, I have to make some changes to the characters as I progress through the book but this time I started off with the full cast of characters on page one and for some reason it went right first time. Love it when that happens! 
I wanted to the book to be as bouncy and rhythmic as possible to match the rhyming text, so it was really important to get as much energy into this cast of silly saurians. It was a good day and the whole lot just flowed out and onto the pages of this little paper book.
The miniature paper dummy has 48 pages, hand sewn, drawn in pencil and only 105mm x 148mm

Here are all the rough drawings for Ten Terrible Dinosaurs


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Reviews of Ten Terrible Dinosaurs:

 Winner of the Practical Parenting Best Book Award
"..the whole book has an exciting, energetic pace."
"..a funny and beautiful picture book that will make learning to count a very pleasurable task." 100 Best Books
"..an ingenious and entertaining way of introducing counting and subtraction..uproariously funny.." Early Years Educator
"What a welcome return of the wonderfully exuberant dinosaurs so much enjoyed in Dinosaur Roar! and Swamp Stomp... the text is terrific, full of rhyme and rhythm and delicious words to talk about.." Child Education
"..a must.." Parent Magazine

"This is a welcome reissue of a counting down, rhyming dinosaur romp and a companion volume to Dinosaur Roar. The vividly coloured creatures get up to all manner of lively, child-like activities such as dancing, stuffing themselves, playing tricks and more, as one by one they exit or are eliminated from the line-up (Not too sure about one sent off for being ‘too spiky’ what’s wrong with being different?) until just one dozing dinosaur remains. But then …
Great fun, with counting opportunities aplenty and perhaps even better, a chance to let rip with that grand finale."  Red Reading Hub

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Dinosaur Roar! and Ten Terrible Dinosaurs
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Cover of Paul Stickland's Ten Terrible Dinosaurs




by Paul Stickland

Macmillan Children's New Dinosaur Roar! Board Book

Wow! The most fantastic board book version of the children's classic dinosaur picture book, Dinosaur Roar! has just hit the shelves! Macmillan Children's Books have just published the most wonderful new edition.
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I love beautifully produced books. Where the book feels so good in the hand and is a joy to use, smooth matt lamination with wonderful tactile elements on the cover. Toddlers and children are going to love these. I can't stop touching my copies. It's rare for a board book to be perfect bound, so I'm really delighted with these glorious books for the pre-schoolers.
Available in your local independent bookstore!
Children will be roaring for more!

Paul Stickland on Instagram

I'm loving Instagram!
I didn't think I would but I do.
I love the simplicity and lack of features that Instagram has, or hasn't!
I like the square format and the opportunity offered for novel photo composition that it offers.
I don't really use most of the filters. The other tools are pretty useful but..
I still prefer to drop my images into photoshop for a bit of a tweak...

What surprised and delighted me was the fantastic array of international designers that use it, photographers, I'd expect but the fashion, art, architectural, garden, interior and floral designers that are there make it a great experience and it's easy to find anything.
After the complications of G+, Facebook, Pinterest et al, it's a joy! See you there!

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BugStore - Pop Up Paper Bugs in Yeovil

BugStore! What a fantastic idea for your town's children's or literary festival!

I've just spent the last three weeks working on an amazing art installation with the children of four primary schools in Yeovil, Somerset. Together we created hundreds of colourful Pop Up Paper Bugs filling an empty shop unit in a prime site at the entrance to Yeovil's Quedam Centre. 
Pauline Burr of South Somerset District Council's Art department, came up with this genius idea and what fun it's proved to be! It's a brilliant way to engage with the wider community, to show the outreach work that goes on behind the scenes at a literary festival and a wonderful way to promote and publicise your festival. The reaction of children, teachers, shoppers and council was a pure delight.

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Pauline knew all about my popular Pop Up Monster and Dinosaur Workshops for kids and thought that I could come up with a simple pop up bug design to share with the children of Yeovil. It didn't take long to come up with a design which would be simple enough for even the youngest and least experienced hands to create something special and unique to them, something they could be proud of.

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Using another thousand or so sheets of my favourite Rothmill Assorted coloured card, I set out to see what the children of Yeovil could come up with. I was not disappointed!
Read more after the fold...

Free Dinosaur Roar Masks for Kids

Free Printable Dinosaur Roar Masks!

Here are a set of Free Dinosaur Roar Mask Templates for you to download and print out for your own little monsters.  Colour or Black & White!
Click on the roaring and snapping colour Dinosaur Roar mask below to download the two parts, which you can then print out onto a sheet of A4 card to create your very own roaring Dinosaur Roar! mask for kids.
Easily cut out and fold as shown below. Use a brass paper fastener to fix the two halves together as shown.
Click here for a Free Printable COLOUR Dinosaur Roar! Mask.

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TOP DINOSAUR MASK TIP! 

* Printing on A4 paper will make a great fun dinosaur mask for children up to about 7 years old.
* Printing out on A3 paper will make a funny dinosaur mask for older children or adults!

Want a Free Printable black and white Dinosaur Roar! Mask to colour in yourself?
Click on the dinosaur mask outline below to download a free black and white Dinosaur Roar! mask for kids.
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Encourage your children to colour their dinosaur mask in fantastic fun colours, dinosaurs don't have to be brown or grey! Have fun, make them spotty, stripy, splotchy like mine, scratchy, hairy, anything you fancy!
If you want to see how I coloured in the dinosaurs in Dinosaur Roar! then head on over to the Dinosaur Roar! Page on my website.

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This is what our house looks like when I'm designing dinosaur masks, well, most of the time really!
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Pop Up Workshop Sherborne Literary Festival

I was delighted to give a Monster Pop Up Workshop for children as part of the Sherborne Literary Festival. For a start, the venue was only 50 metres from our front door!
It's great to see Sherborne creating a Literary Festival such as this and a real pleasure to support it. The strong line up included such literary luminaries as James Wong, Helen Yemm, Gyles Brandreth, Victoria Glendinning, Ann Widdecombe, Helen Rappaport and Rachel Joyce. A host of events had been organised around the town, including outreach events in local schools and libraries.
There was a quite a buzz in the town and the staff of Winstone's Books of Sherborne, including my wonderful wife Helen, were busy fulfilling the bookselling needs of the various events.

I had a great group of eager children, their parents and grandparents for the event.  Ably aided by my wife Helen, 5 yr old veteran pop up creator Tabitha, great friends and neighbours Jenny and Annie we set to. Armed with copious amounts of my favourite Rothmill coloured card, sellotape and scissors, we made pop up monsters, dinosaurs and one or two rabbits! The children were really creative and inventive and it was a great pleasure to see so many Mums, Dads and Grandparents getting stuck in too.

I'm always struck by how much fun the 'grown-ups' have at my workshops, I really should give them specifically for an older audience. It seems we need to be given 'permission' to play as we get older, which is in many ways a sad thing. So to see so many Mums and Dads creating their own pop up paper monsters filled my heart with joy and they were clearly loving it!

I gave the children a brief tour of my pop up books and showed them lots of my ideas, roughs and importantly my mistakes, before showing them how to make a very simple pop up monster face. They then took my simple idea and flew with it, adding their own unique touches and ideas.

I've had some lovely feedback from the event and, as is so often the case, the magic of creating pop up monsters had even the wriggliest child sitting down and concentrating, whilst they brought their own special character to life. One little lad who simply cannot sit still for more than 20 minutes, sat happily focussed for over an hour. That's very rewarding to be part of.

There is something about the magic of creating a three dimensional creature out of our most common two dimensional material. A few simple folds and cuts, some sellotape and a racing imagination, very soon it's smiles all round and a wonderful hum of concentration. I make a point of spending individual time with every child, it's fascinating to see what they create and incredible to hear the stories that they tell me about their pop up beasties. Even the most reluctant of storytellers has created the backstory for their characters without even thinking that that's what they're doing.
It works it's magic time after time and never ceases to amaze me.
Try it for yourself!

You can find simple pop up card templates to download and lots of ideas on my Pop Up Paper Blog.

Many thanks to John Gaye and Helen Stickland for these great photos.
If you would like a Pop Up or Drawing Workshop at your school, library or festival, please visit the Author Event and Pop Up Workshop page on my website or email me here..