GIGANTOSAURUS by Jonny Duddle
Published by Koala Books
When reviewing picture books, I firstly ignore the text and flip through the pages allowing the illustrations to talk to me. (It is exactly what a child does when picking a book from the shelf and determining whether or not they will choose this over another.)
WOW!! Jonny Duddle’s graphics did more than jump from the pages and put a massive smile on my face, they forced me to quickly return to page one and begin reading.
GIGANTOSAURUS is a humorous retelling of the classic The Boy who Cried Wolf.
“…on the edge of the jungle, where the herbivores grazed, four little dinosaurs spent their days playing in the Cretaceous sun, following tracks and having fun.”
Little dinosaurs Bonehead, Tiny, Fin and Bill, have been warned about the “fierce and wild” Gigantosaurus. They must be very careful when they are out playing and exploring. One day, Bonehead the smallest of the friends, assigns himself as the lookout for the monster.
Bonehead places his friends to the test and falsely cries “GIGANTOSAURUS!”
Three times Bonehead cries out the warning to his friends. The next time they hear, “GIGANTOSAURUS! Run as fast as you can!” Tiny, Fin and Bill refuse to believe their trickster friend. Is Bonehead telling the truth this time? Does the fearful beast arrive?
The rhythm of the text flows beautifully, is humorous and colourful. Bold capitals and the pattern of text placement throughout are as enchanting as the illustrations themselves. A wonderful surprise is the fantastic fold out in the middle of the book – children will be absolutely tickled! The use of repetition will be a winner with the readers and I can imagine the story being recited loudly all over the house. Any child obsessed with Dinosaurs (all my children were!) will love the bonus dino facts at the end.
GIGANTOSAURUS is a picture book which will not only delight young readers but adults as well. Like The Boy who Cried Wolf, the theme to the story shares the caution of even when a liar is telling the truth, they are unlikely to be believed.
Jonny Duddle beautifully sums this up himself in his dedications “….and don’t listen to Boneheads!”
CKT Book Reviewer
Author & Illustration: Jonny Duddle
Publisher: Koala Books
Published: May 2014