Gigantosaurus – Jonny Duddle

   Gigantosaurus – Jonny Duddle, Templar Books, (9780763692940), 2017

Format: Board Book

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  In this twist on the classic tale of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, a group of dinosaur moms warn their children to beware of the Gigantosaurus: “His feet go STOMP! His jaws go CRUNCH! In the blink f an eye, you’ll be his LUNCH!”  Bonehead, Tiny, Fin and Bill head off to play, and Bonehead offers to keep watch.  Soon Bonehead is yelling that the Gigantosaurus is coming and laughing as his friends all run: “You ran! You hid! You were all scared!”  When Gigantosaurus really does show up, Bonehead barely escapes becoming a meal.  The digital illustrations in a muddy palette of brown,greensand orange fit well with the prehistoric theme.  This is a fun new twist on a classic tale that dinosaur enthusiasts will enjoy.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Hand this to readers who love dinosaurs and those who enjoy twists on classic fairy tales.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and preschools

Where would you shelve it?  Board books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  3/13/17             

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