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If anyone has a dinosaur-obsessed small boy to buy for....

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GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Fri 30-Oct-20 08:45:25

...there’s a fantastic National Geographic book - IIRC The Little Kids’ First Big Book of Dinosaurs. I think someone mentioned it on here last year, so thanks for that, whoever it was!
It’s a big hardback, with huge full colour illustrations, plus an adult size figure to show how big they were, and plenty of info, but the pictures are the main thing.

I bought it last year for Gds, who was still only 3 at the time - he adores that book and knows the names of many which the rest of us had never heard of.

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DinosaurOfFire Fri 30-Oct-20 09:01:23

Thanks, I've just added it to my sons list!

ImaginaryCat Fri 30-Oct-20 09:04:16

Would it be acceptable to buy it for a dinosaur-obsessed girl too?

Todayisgood2 Fri 30-Oct-20 09:06:27

Thanks, added to list!

Brandaris Fri 30-Oct-20 09:11:53

Why the fuck are dinosaurs for boys?

I wrote that first much more politely but decided this kind of nonsense doesn’t deserve politeness.

My DD loves, really really loves dinosaurs, is this book not suitable for her?

Thank you though for posting the suggestion I’ll look it up as I’m always keeping an eye open for dinosaur presents.

OakleyStreetisnotinChelsea Fri 30-Oct-20 09:19:43

I came here like others to say dinosaurs are for girls too! My 12 year old dd has wanted to be a palaeontologist since she was 3.

For slightly older dinosaur obsessed children the encyclopedia prehistorica is fantastic. Beautiful pop ups.

Namealreadyinuse1 Fri 30-Oct-20 09:26:54

I have many dinosaur obsessed little ones to buy for and can recommend the dinosaur Christmas wrapping paper from Matalan!

GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Fri 30-Oct-20 09:28:54

Oh, FGS, why is there always someone determined to find something to be offended by? I hope that’s made your day!

YES! - you can obviously buy it for a girl, and yes, I am shouting!

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SoupDragon Fri 30-Oct-20 09:34:00

It's not about being offended it's about getting rid of outdated stereotypes.

PippinStar Fri 30-Oct-20 09:39:41

Thanks for sharing OP - adding it to my list too, along with a few others in the series (which I had never even heard of until your post).

Imtoooldforallthis Fri 30-Oct-20 09:41:55

Just looked on amazon and it doesn't mention the life sized figure do they all come with it and is this the one.

Aroundtheworldin80moves Fri 30-Oct-20 09:42:26

Another mum of a dinosaur girl here... Completely recommending the Natural History Museum shop for dinosaur gifts

(And for a pink and dinosaur loving child... Home Bargains have some pink dinosaur stationery)

Hotchocolatesforeveryone Fri 30-Oct-20 09:46:09

@Brandaris ffs calm down confused

Smurf123 Fri 30-Oct-20 09:52:58

I'm assuming op bought the book for a dinosaur obsessed little boy hence the title.. Not sure it's worth getting on their case for saying boy instead of child.

Thanks op adding it to my list for ds 🙂

Brandaris Fri 30-Oct-20 09:56:20

I won’t calm down until people stop suggesting that things like dinosaurs are for boys! It’s embarrassing it still has to be called out!

As I said, thank you for the recommendation for the book.

LST Fri 30-Oct-20 10:12:41

The OP probably mentioned boy because she got it for a fucking boy. God people love to be professionally offended. Would it have bothered you if she'd have said for anyone with a my little pony obsessed boy? No? Thought not.

ImaginaryCat Fri 30-Oct-20 10:24:14

@Brandaris I don't understand why people are missing your very valid point.
Why didn't the OP say for dinosaur-obsessed DCs? It's a conscious decision to type the word boy. Why? Because all gender stereotypes tell us dinosaurs are for boys. The 'Toys for Boys' aisle in the thankfully long gone Toys R Us had plastic dinosaurs. Pyjamas with dinos on are found in the boys section of kids clothing shops. And then someone recommends a book and without giving it a moment's thought, says that it would make a great present for a boy.
If you can't see how deeply ingrained this nonsense is, you're not paying attention.

Imtoooldforallthis Fri 30-Oct-20 10:34:36

Completely derailed the thread, I might be a dinosaur myself but everything everywhere ends up being categorised in some way, often it's the only way to sort stuff it doesn't mean you have to buy into it. If I want a car cleaning kit chances are I need to look in gift for dad section. If I want a light up mirror for male grooming it's coming to be in beauty section. We all know where to look for things. Yes things shouldn't be stereos typed, but nobody would bat an eyelid at girls wearing dinosaur pyjamas, does it matter there in the boys section.

Aroundtheworldin80moves Fri 30-Oct-20 10:35:45

My DD got teased at school for her dinosaur lunch box, while a friend got teased for his unicorn one. Children pick up on stereotypes.

Angrymum22 Fri 30-Oct-20 10:49:57

‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ DVD set is a must for any budding dinosaur expert. DS had loads of books, it was actually the reason he learned to read. He would spend hours reading dinosaur facts.
He even had an imaginary dinosaur friend, a triceratops called Sharp. I once asked him if Sharp had got in the car with us, only to be told not to be silly and he was too big to fit in the car. I then asked if he ran behind “ no mummy, he rides on his motorbike!”. I still drive along one road and picture a triceratops on a motorbike driving through the field next to it!
His reception teacher also told me that he brought the imaginary triceratops to show and tell one week. On another occasion he had the whole class digging up the bark looking for fossils. He was obsessed and if asked will still real off various facts about the subject, although at 16 it’s very uncool.

notanotheronepleasee Fri 30-Oct-20 10:55:45

Please can I have a link to look at this book.

I have a dinosaur loving girl AND boy... but am not offended at all confused

Time40 Fri 30-Oct-20 11:04:14

Oh, for goodness' sake! Why do people have to be so nasty? The OP just wanted to share a nice Christmas present idea.

It's a conscious decision to type the word boy

No, it's not. It's really, really not - it's the opposite of conscious. The OP is very well aware that dinosaurs are for everyone. She just had boys in mind because she gave this book to a boy last year, that's all.

(And by the way - please will no one bother tagging me to "explain" why people need to be so nasty, because I don't need it "explaining")

Imtoooldforallthis Fri 30-Oct-20 11:47:40

Here here

I'm hoping someone will post a link to the book as the one on amazon doesn't seem to have the life size cot out that op mentioned.

Notcoolmum Fri 30-Oct-20 11:58:26

Here for the link!!

JessicaJoans Fri 30-Oct-20 12:39:36

I think the adult figure is part of the illustrations to show the size of the dinosaur...

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