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The Bedtimeasnaurus by Mike Bayliss

When we were offered the chance to review a couple of children poetry books, I knew that son2 would jump at the chance, since Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy is one of his favourite books. He chose The Bedtimeasnaurus, written by Mike Bayliss and illustrated by Megan Egan. What a fab title.

The Bedtimeasnaurus by Mike Bayliss

Here is the book blurb.

A charming collection of gorgeously illustrated poems to encourage fun and bedtime bonding between parents and their children.

The bright pink flamingoasaurus spends its day standing on one leg looking for something to eat. The round and delicious tomotoasaurus sings a tune while soaking up the sun. These are just two of the imaginative and amusing dinosaurs dreamed up in The Bedtimeasnaurus, the sometimes naughty and always hilarious poetry collection for children by Mike Bayliss.

Developing the idea for over thirty years while working on other projects , Bayliss was encouraged to publish his collection after being diagnosed with stage IV non – Hodgkin lymphoma in April 2017, using his work as a positive outlet for his energy as he worked to battle the illness.

Complimented by charming illustrations, opportunities for kids to draw their own dinosaur creations and simple quizzes on each of the characters, The Bedtimeasnaurus not only provides an entertaining read for young children before they go to sleep but also offers a valuable chance for parents to connect and engage.

The Bedtimeasnaurus by Mike Bayliss

I like this book because it is very funny. My favourite dinosaur is the Pumposaurus because it farts a lot.

The two sentences above are what son2 has written for his review. He doesn’t share much with us about the book, so let me explain. It is all about funny made-up dinosaurs and has been written in verse.

After the verses, there is a quiz about all the dinosaurs in the books, along with a couple of blank pages for each child to draw their own Bedtimeasnaurus along with a funny poem about their dinosaur.



Son2 has invented the mean green Mumosaurus. Should I be worried? I’m hoping his outlook on Mumosaurus being mean is just temporary, based on a misunderstanding with Clink Street Publishing, when he just got an e-version of this book rather than the actual paperback that he was expecting. In his eyes, this was all my fault. Although I have to say that I would definitely recommend a paperback copy over the e-version in this particular case, as we did experience a few technical issues. Firstly, it was too small to view on my iPhone, as it seemed to have some double page landscape formatting which wasn’t working properly. Then neither PDF nor mobi format would download from dropbox to the iPad. So we resorted to PDF on the computer, which still frustrated my son as the page breaks weren’t working correctly.

This lovely collection of dinosaur poems by Mike Bayliss is going to bring a smile to kids, especially the more cheeky “toilet humour” ones. It has been beautifully illustrated by Megan Egan.

However I’ve never come across the word “pumping” in this context, and if it wasn’t for the illustrations, I think this would be confusing to readers.

Due to be published tomorrow, The Bedtimeasnaurus is available on Amazon, currently priced at £8.30 in paperback. Suitable for a wide age range. A lovely book to read out loud to your child at bedtime or for them to read themselves.

The Bedtimeasnaurus by Mike Bayliss

About the author

Born in Walsaill West Midland, UK, Bayliss is an entrepreneur that owns companies in several industries including building supply and property development. He also owns Bespoke Brewery, which opened in 2012 and has since won a number of awards for its craft beer. He lives with his wife and three children in Forest Dean, UK. This is his first book.

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The Bedtimeasnaurus by Mike Bayliss

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.



Prehistoric Presents gift bags review and giveaway

My children are very pleased as I have received a party bag from Prehistoric Presents to review. This is not your typical plastic or paper party bag filled with cheap plastic toys and sweets.  Instead it is a good quality cotton bag with a dinosaur design, complete with label tag.  It contains 4 rock and fossil samples plus a toy dinosaur and tattoo.  The samples are in individual small drawstring bags, each with an information card.

Prehistoric Presents party bag and contents

Prehistoric Presents party bag and contents

The four samples in our bag are:-
Dinosaur Poo (Copralite)
Shark Tooth
Bornite (Peacock Ore)

The fact that one of the samples was Dinosaur Poo had my children in fits of giggles, so very well targetted at young children of school age. They are both interested in dinosaurs and enjoyed handling all the specimens.

I was very impressed with this bag. Get them if you are having a dinosaur theme party.  However you will pay more for this type of party bag than usual. They cost £9.50 each, although there is an unspecified discount for multiple orders. So if you’re doing a kids party on a shoestring, with 20 plus kids, these are not the bags for you.  But great if you’ve only got a few kids coming.  Also it would work well as a “Pass the Parcel” prize.

Personally I do like to avoid giving a party bag of cheap plastic toys, so this definitely ticks the box. I usually fill a bag with a book, sweets and something like stickers or pencil. However for the last birthday party, I gave zipped bags filled with stationery. These had a retail price of £9.99 but I purchased them in the sale at £1.40 each. So although I’m happy to give party bags which look expensive, I would be reluctant to spend more than about £3 per child, as we’re still at the stage of inviting about 30 kids to parties.

Prehistoric Presents have subsequently sent me one of their luxury gift bags to also review. And they have advised that their party bag has now been rebranded as a party gift bag.  The luxury gift bag contains 6 larger rock and fossil samples plus a good quality magnifying glass. The samples again are in individual small drawstring bags, each with an information card.

Luxury gift bag

Prehistoric Presents luxury gift bag and contents

The six samples in our bag are:-
Dinosaur Poo (Copralite)
Shark Tooth
Bornite (Peacock Ore)
Quartz Rock Crystal

The boys of course were delighted to get Dinosaur Poo again, particularly now that they can have one each. And they enjoyed examining everything through the magnifying glass.

Look! Dinosaur poo

Look! Dinosaur poo

The luxury gift bag costs £19.50 and can be personalised with a hand stencilled name at no additional charge.  This would make a lovely and novel Christmas present.

Prehistoric Presents also sell a range of beautiful fossil jewellery, that is definitely worth a look.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway filled gift bags courtesy of Prehistoric Presents to four lucky winners.  Two people will win a luxury gift bag each and two will win a party gift bag each.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you can’t see the Rafflecopter box above, either click the Rafflecopter link or you may alternatively enter via my Facebook page.

Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.