Gigantosaurus: The Last Dragonfly – written by Jonny Duddle


 Gigantosaurus: The Last Dragonfly – written by Jonny Duddle, based on the TV series Gigantosaurus, Candlewick Entertainment, 9781536214000, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review)  3

What did you like about the book:  Another story based on the book by Jonny Doodle and the TV series, Gigantosaurus is back.  Here, Mazu tries to keep a rare dragonfly safe; she is the last of her kind and about to have babies.  Sneaky dinosaurs arrive and snatch her. Mazu needs to think quickly to get back the dragonfly. He strikes a deal where the raptors will return the dragonfly in exchange for a scale from Gigantosaurus. This is no easy feat; Mazu comes up with a few different plans to get the scale and is about to give up when everything has failed but her friends cheer her on, “you can fail a bunch of times and still succeed”.  Mazu comes up with a new plan to save her dragonfly friend. A fun, nice message of friendship and to keep trying.

The illustrations are colorful and created digitally.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Too wordy

To whom would you recommend this book?  Dinosaur lovers and fans of the Disney animated TV show will enjoy these humorous stories.  There are 11 titles in the Gigantosaurus series.

Who should buy this book?  elementary schools, home and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Picture books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, JC Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  May 9, 2020

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