I’m a Dirty Dinosaur

Written by Janeen Brian
Illustrated by Ann James

For ages 0 to 5

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This book is best for:
  • action verbs
  • labelling body parts
  • subjective pronoun - I


This cheeky little dinosaur just loves playing in the dirty swamp. He gets mud all over his body as he sniffs, stomps, splashes and slides in the mud. Will he ever have a bath?

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur will get little ones moving as they join in with the singsong rhymes and copy the dinosaur’s actions. This engaging book could be used as a prelude to bath time to encourage children to dive right in and wash wash wash just like the little dinosaur. The repetitive language makes it an ideal choice for developing children’s communication skills, particularly their labelling of body parts, use of action verbs, and personal pronoun ‘I’.

For further speech and language targets in I’m a Dirty Dinosaur, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Action Sequence

Story Plot: Repetitive Tale

  • animals - dinosaurs
  • bathtime
  • parts of the body

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /d/ - dirty, dinosaur, mud, puddle, slide
  • /s/ blends - sniff, snuff, splatter, splash, stamp, street, slide, snail, swamp
  • /sh/ - shake, wash
  • /t/ - tum, tap, dirty, snout, feet, street
  • /w/ - wash, wipe, with
  • adjectives (dirty, yucky)
  • conjunctions (and)
  • reflexive pronouns (myself)
  • subjective pronouns (I)
  • action verbs (splatter, tap, splash, stamp, flick, slide, wash)
  • labelling
  • identifying parts
  • figurative language: onomatopoeia
  • descriptive (dirty, clean)
  • character description
Rhyme & Sound Awareness:
  • rhyme
Book Info

Published by Penguin Books Australia in 2013 (ISBN: 9780670076154)

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