The Dinosaurs are Having a Party! by Gareth P. Jones

The Dinosaurs are Having a Party!

Written by Gareth P. Jones
Illustrated by Garry Parsons

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August 2014 Book of the Month A rip-roaring dinosaur romp from a Blue Peter Book of the Year winner teamed up with the inimitable Garry Parsons, winner of the Red House Children's Book Award.


The Dinosaurs are Having a Party! by Gareth P. Jones

The dinosaurs are having a party. It starts precisely at three. I'm a boy not a dinosaur. So I'm pleased they invited me. But the dinosaurs are planning to serve a special dish at their party and perhaps all is not as it seems...


Dinosaur lovers will be delighted with this quirky story and parents will not tire of reading what is bound to become a favourite, time and again! EYE Guaranteed to please. Kirkus Reviews Bouncing rhyme and a visual feast of laughs and thrills there's lots to enjoy here. Books for Keeps Action-packed... written in fun, rhyming verse. Creative Steps Colourful illustrations are antic. Charming silliness. New York Times

About the Author

Gareth P. Jones

Gareth first started writing when he was very young but it wasn’t until he was in his early twenties that he completed his first novel. Having had it universally rejected, he wrote a novel for children called Who Killed Charlie Twig, which received an equally unimpressed reception and remains rightly unpublished to this day.
Some years passed during which Gareth met his future wife, Lisa and began a career in TV. Working on shows such as 'The Big Breakfast' and 'Richard & Judy', he became side-tracked from his book writing ambitions until one day he found himself having lunch at the offices of Bloomsbury. He mentioned the unpublished book to a nice lady called Sarah, who politely suggested that he should send in the first three chapters for her to look at. Gareth returned home and excitedly told his wife this news, who gently explained that the book he had written actually wasn’t very good, but reminded him that he had recently begun work on a much better idea. This turned out to be good advice.

In 2007 Bloomsbury published the first of four books in the series The Dragon Detective Agency and have since published The Thornthwaite Inheritance, Space Crime Conspiracy and The Considine Curse. Gareth has also written a shorter story, Perry’s 5, published by Barrington Stoke and a series of books called Ninja Meerkats, published by Stripes.

The Case of the Missing Cats was nominated for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize. The Thornthwaite Inheritance has won the Hounslow Junior Book Award, the Calderdale Book Award, Leicester Children’s Book Award, Sefton Super Reads, Doncaster Book Award, Rotherham Children’s Book Award and Fantastic Book Award, Lancaster.

Gareth now divides his time between writing books, producing TV programmes, spending time with his wife and son, Herbie, and playing the slightly ludicrous number of stringed instruments in his front room.

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Publication date

6th August 2015




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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