Kid’s Book Review: A Dinosaur Ate My Sister

Kid’s Book Review: A Dinosaur Ate My Sister

About the Book and Author

A Dinosaur Ate My Sister by Pooja Puri is the first book to have been selected for Marcus Rashford Book Club and is published by Pan Macmillan.

It is brilliantly illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan (in a doodle style similar to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books). It can be described as a wacky adventure through time that will appeal to boys and girls who are 6-10 years old.

Before you start reading, there are a few things you should know:
1. Esha Verma, is a genius inventor extraordinaire.
2. There is nothing he cannot invent. This includes words.
3. He did not mean to send his sister back to the Age of the Dinosaurs. That was HER OWN FAULT!

Esha Verma, her snotty apprentice Broccoli and his cunning pet tortoise have a dream. They are going to win the legendary Brain Trophy – the ultimate inventing prize. This year’s entry: A TIME MACHINE.

But the day before the competition, Esha’s big sister hijacks the time machine and is lost in the Cretaceous age.

With help from a new recruit for The Office of Time, Esha and Broccoli will have to face hungry dinosaurs, mysterious black holes and malfunctioning inventions to get them back in time.


A Dinosaur Ate my Sister
Pooja Puri author

Pooja Puri graduated from King’s College London with a first-class degree in English Language and Literature. Whilst at university she read for a publishing house and has since worked in the education sector. In 2014, she was chosen as a winner of the Ideas Tap Writer’s Centre Norwich Inspires competition. She went on to complete the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Her debut novel The Jungle is a brave and beautiful narrative about two teenage refugees in Calais which was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2018.

Allen Fatimaharan is a freelance illustrator and animator specialising in children’s books, character design, editorial illustration, comics and motion graphics. The first picture book he illustrated is called My Hair (written by Hannah Lee, published by Faber). He graduated in 2017 from Central Saint Martins with an MA in Character Animation.



Book Review

I love designing and inventing things and going on adventures which this book was all about

I REALLY liked this book! I read it during the half-term holiday whenever I had a spare moment, even when I was too tired to read it, after fun days on the beach body boarding in Cornwall! I kept wanting to find out what would happen next.

The two main characters in the book are great – Esha and Broccoli. Esha is a brave, clever and funny genius inventor and Broccoli is a VERY clever reptile geek who is also a scaredy-cat. It made me laugh about how scared he gets about things.

The book is about the two of them ending up in the cretaceous age (the age of the dinosaurs) trying to rescue Esha’s big sister, after inventing their own time machine. It is told in journal form, with Esha writing the journal and Broccoli adding extra notes at times (when he doesn’t agree with what Esha writes)!

I liked the style of how the book was written in the first person, as well as the doodles and black and white pictures. It reminded me of the style of the ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ by Jeff Kinney.

I love designing and inventing things and going on adventures which this book was all about. Now that I have written this review I better get back to designing my own time machine!

Q & A

Malachi had a couple off questions for Pooja and was delighted when she replied. Here is their conversation:

Question 1/ Do you like inventing things…if so what is the best thing you’ve made?

Answer 1/ I do like inventing things! When I was younger, I would often carry out experiments at home – from discovering the peculiar properties of magic sand to investigating the explosivity of fizzy drinks, I always liked finding out how things work. The best thing I’ve ever made is an exploding volcano but my absolutely favourite things to invent are words and stories. I think there is a very special magic in inventing a story and sharing it with someone else. Stories, for me, make the world go round.

Question 2/ Will there be a sequel to the story?
(I’ve just written a book, and I’m already thinking about what I can write about next. My first book is all about my colour blindness and I hope that it will help other people to understand this common physical condition, so they will be able to support people like me. The book can be ordered online from Waterstones)

Answer 2/ Wow. That’s incredible – well done!
I’m currently working on the sequel to A Dinosaur Ate My Sister. It’s very exciting because this is my first time writing a sequel. At first, I wasn’t entirely sure what to put into the next book, so I took some time to collect ideas. When I’m thinking about what to write next, I often like to start with an ‘ideas board’ which I fill with many different things, including lots of doodles and pictures. I find this is a really helpful way to kickstart my imagination and get some SPINGLY TINGLY inspiration. I’m hoping to make the sequel to A Dinosaur Ate My Sister even more bonkers than the first…watch this space!

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Reviewer Profile

Malachi and his book
  • Name: Malachi
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: climbing mountains, football and Lego
  • Dislikes: eggs and bullies
  • Favourite Book: Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Favourite Song: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme tune
  • Favourite Film: Valiant