The night before his fifth birthday, a young boy who can't wait to grow up receives a visit from the Birthday Dinosaur. Together they fly off on a magical adventure, high above the earth.
Written and read by Alison Larkin
Cover illustration by Charles Wynd
With music by Maurice Ravel, Gabriel Faure, Arnold Schoenberg, Claude Debussy, and Richard Wagner, performed by Sara Edelstein and arranged by Jason Brown.
What the critics say about Alison Larkin:
"Hugely entertaining" (The Times)
"Unparalleled…a narrator to seek out…" (AudioFile)
Alison Larkin is the best-selling author of the novel The English American. She is also an internationally acclaimed comedienne and the award-winning narrator of over 80 audiobooks, including Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the 200th anniversary audio edition.
©2014 Allison Larkin (P)2014 British Classic Audio
This is the best Birthday Story ever because it conveys with such charm and drama the important truth of never leaving behind the creative imagination of a child.
No tale I have every heard is so powerful in keeping that precious sense of
magic in the world alive.
A young friend of mine when he heard it said: "WOW!"
And then he asked to hear it again. And again. And again!
My favorite character is the Dinosaur who speaks with such an engaging and original voice. I have never known any character in any book that has the range of emotion and cheerful wisdom.
And as usual Alison Larkin delivers every word for every character in such a unique and dramatic way..
My favorite scene was the first and last--when the Dinosaur comes to share his magic to the little boy...and when he returns the Birthday Boy safely to his bed.
It is an ideal Birthday Story for anyone of any age because it reminds us all that although we might grow old--we should always be young to the magic possibilities of life!
I think is more fun to hear this original story at one time for it conveys such an emotional as well as almost a spiritual lesson of the importance of the imagination and savoring each precious moment of life--rather than rushing on to "grow up"!
In this great story Alison Larkin shows so many talents--writer, narrator, and most of all an artist with such a creative imagination to share so helpfully with the wider world.
No one but Larkin could have written or narrated such a story with more charm, clarity, variety, and dramatic impact.
I agree with my young friend on his reaction : "WOW"!
The Birthday Dinosaur is a guaranteed to be a hit with your little one! Such a sweet and exciting short story... It would be perfect for listening to on a rainy, quiet, indoor day of as a bedtime story, but I'll be surprised if they aren't asking for it on repeat!
Alison Larkin is a skillful narrator, creating dynamic characters who you can't help falling in love with. She is also a very talented writer, both of which I knew from listening to her read her novel The English American. But I am pleased to report she expertly understands the genre of children's literature as an author, narrator, and producer... Working in subtle sound effects and music that enhance the listening experience.
I would highly recommend anything produced by British Classic Audio! Especially this gem of a book!
I listen to dozens of audiobooks every year of many different genres. A good story is a good story - with the right narrator it can be great
Pretty high up there. It's beautifully written and narrated by one of the best voice talents out there. Alison Larkin is extraordinary. I loved it.
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
The moment when the roof of Tristan's house blows off and he heads off into the sky with Pompi.
Yes. It's under ten minutes and the perfect book to play your child before sending them off to sleep.
This is a real gift. I'd not heard of it before but wanted to listen to something narrated by Alison Larkin. This one was written by her also - I loved it and so did both my kids.
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