Fiona Watt is an Editorial Director and writer at Usborne Publishing. She graduated from Exeter University with a Bachelor of Education in Art and Design. She taught for three years at a primary school in Kent, before spending two years at a British school in The Netherlands. She started working at Usborne in 1989 and has written and edited hundreds of books including baby and novelty, sticker, art and craft, cookery, science and activity books. She has written all the titles in the award-winning 'That's not my….' series and many in the highly successful Sticker Dolly Dressing series. She is the sixth biggest-selling UK children's author, with over 10 million of her books sold in the UK since records began.
The award is decided by Practical Pre-School product testers, who said of "That's not my puppy": "This book had immediate appeal for all the children. It is great for a wide age range as the babies enjoy the pictures and textures and the older children enjoy reading the words themselves and developing their vocabulary. It was also good for raising awareness of differences and similarities. It retained appeal for the children throughout the testing period."
Usborne That's not my... Touchy-feely books were voted Best Buy in the Toddler Book Category of the Prima Baby Reader Awards in 2004 and 2006.
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“An enduring favourite”
"That's not my dinosaur..." was our very first of the "That's not my..." range so it holds a special place in my heart. These books have been a real favourite since Dylan was a matter of months old. When he was tiny he loved being read to and turning the pages back and forth... then he discovered the 'touchy-feely' sections on each page and started playing with them on his own. Now, a year and a bit on, he's starting to recognise the rhythms and patterns in the words when they're read to him and can point to the textured part of each page when he's asked "where're the dinosaur's horns..." etc. He loves the bright pictures and they're a wonderful way of practising his emerging vocabulary. I can't wait until he's able to talk properly and can join in with the "that's not my dinosaur..." chorus... or when he can actually read them for himself! After buying this one we got a bit addicted to the "That's not my..." range and now have 25 of them! I just know this book will last us for years yet to come; it really is a superbly simple but clever design which has brought us many hours of happy reading and playing time. I honestly believe that this book, and our other Usborne touchy-feely books, have instilled in Dylan a genuine love of books right from his very early days.
“That's not my dinosaur”
What a gorgeous book! this is the first of the 'that's not my.....' series that we have purchased for our keenly awaited new arrival. as a couple of geologists this is a perfect way to introduce our little one to our area of interest. the illustrations are adorable and the touchy-feely parts are just perfect - i have read it 3 times already! we think our baby will love it and we will be buying more of these titles in the future.
“Unlike other board books, there are swatches of different textures on each page designed to encourage your little one to explore and play independently.”
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“The hardwearing pages, simple illustrations, repetition and lovely touchy-feely elements to each page make the [That's not my...] books ideal for reading with your child.”
“These wonderful books are awesome for helping children to develop. The stories are perfectly interactive and their simplicity means even the youngest readers will enjoy them and relate to them.”
“"This chunky book feels like it will last and last - a great bonus when babies are being encouraged to interact with it."”
“There's no hint of menace with this rainbow array of dinosaurs. There's also lots of enticing textures to explore, from scratchy horns to fuzzy tails until a little white mouse is finally reunited with his own personal dinosaur, complete with a sumptuously soft, velvety spine. A fun touchy-feely adventure.”