Reader Reviewed Happy Hatchday by Rob Biddulph

Happy Hatchday

Written by Rob Biddulph
Illustrated by Rob Biddulph
Part of the Dinosaur Juniors Series

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April 2018 Book of the Month

Rob Biddulph’s new picture book is another typically happy reading experience. Nine dinosaur eggs (count them) are ready to hatch: out pop Otto, Winnie, Hector, Sue, Nancy, Martin, Wilf and Boo. But what about egg number nine? Greg (short for Gregosaurus) hatches a week late, and by then the other little dinosaurs are already settled in their friendship groups and busy playing. Poor Greg is down in the dumps (there’s even a little raincloud over his head in the illustrations) but don’t fear, he’s in for a lovely surprise. There’s so much to enjoy in this wonderful picture book - a story that is both funny and cheering, a clever rhyming text that is great fun to read aloud, glorious illustrations, and things to count on every page. It’s just brilliant and this Cretaceous crew deserve to be loved as much as Spot, Kipper or the Gruffalo. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our younger Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Edith and Ceci, age 4 and 2.5 - 'Great book. Lovely pictures with tons to spot. Great for little ones and my 4 year old enjoyed sounding out the words...sure to be a firm favourite in our house.'
  • Abidah & Amatullah Khatun, age 2 & 8 - 'We'll definitely be looking out for more of Rob Biddulph's books. His illustrations are so cute and vibrant, and this story was fun.'
  • Aidan and Milo, age 6 & 2 - 'A lovely story about nine dinosaurs hatching and beginning to explore their world.'
  • Aidan, age 6 - 'It was really funny and I loved it all.'
  • Milo, age 2 - 'I liked funny dinosaurs eating cakes and dancing. I want to read again.'
  • Aidan and Milo’s Mum, Sarah - 'This was an instant favourite with my six-year-old and two-year-old. A lovely set of dinosaur characters, a simple to follow, but amusing rhyme, bright and interesting pictures, with lots of detail to examine and enjoy.'
  • Elissa Watkin, age 5 - 'Happy Hatchday is a lovely story that is exciting and fun. The pictures are funny and bright.  Elissa has read the story over and over again and really enjoys it.'


Happy Hatchday by Rob Biddulph

The first series from the bestselling and award-winning picture book genius Rob Biddulph! A brand new, creatively cretaceous story from the bestselling Rob Biddulph - and the first book in his first ever series! Meet Otto, Winnie, Greg(osaurus) and all the other dinosaur juniors, as they traverse life's first ups and downs - all in Rob's trademark rhyme filled with warmth and humour. This first book is perfect for Rob's youngest fans, with colourful, detailed artwork and a simple rhyming text perfect for reading aloud.


Praise for GRRRRR!:

`Vibrant colours and characters plus rhyming text make it a delight to read aloud.' Huffington Post

`Joyful and uplifting. Superb.' Daily Mail

`Totally grrrrreat in every respect.' The Bookbag

`The rhyme is so skillful and pacey it could give the Gruffalo a run for its money.' Children's Books Ireland

`Best children's book of the year.' Observer

`[A] gem of a book ... Beautifully illustrated and wittily written. Standard

`This book is capital B Brilliant.' The Bookbag

`Told in captivating rhyme, with plenty of jokes sprinkled through the text and illustrations, Biddulph's tale is a travelling adventure.' Time Out

About the Author

Rob Biddulph

By day Rob Biddulph is the award-winning art director of the Observer Magazine. By night he makes up silly stories for his three daughters, and draws pictures to go with them. His first picture book, Blown Away, won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2015, his second, GRRRR! was nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and just released is the wonderful Odd Dog Out.

He lives with his wife and daughters in London,

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3 years


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HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

5th April 2018




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