Review: Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle

Jonny Duddle GigantasaurusGigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle
Koala Books RRP: $14.99

This gorgeous reimagining of ‘the boy who cried wolf’ is written and illustrated by the same talented artist who provided beautiful cover art for the Bloomsbury hard cover Harry Potters. Here, he provides lush greenery as the playground for a tribe of cheeky young dinosaurs who learn not to believe everything they hear.

The dino Mums have kept their little ones from straying too far from the nest with the scary legend of the Gigantosaurus. His feet go stomp! His jaws go crunch! In the blink of an eye you’ll be his lunch! Bonehead is the littlest of the gang, but he has the biggest mouth and the biggest imagination.  Every crunch and crackle in the jungle is a cue for Bonehead to shriek “The Gigantosaurus! Quick – run and hide!” until finally, when there just might be an actual predator approaching, his friends no longer believe him.

This book is packed with feisty characters, who remind me a lot of a few preschoolers I know.  The illustrations are quirky and detailed, and it finishes with some interesting facts and figures about the real dinosaurs that inspired the characters.  You could have hours of fun just trying to pronounce their names! Parasaurolophus anyone?  This is big fun on a whole lot of levels.  Recommended for kids 4+ (my 3 year old found it a bit scary).

With thanks to Koala Books and Scholastic for my review copy.

4 comments for “Review: Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle

  1. nicky
    July 30, 2014 at 3:17 am

    I went to school with this illustrator, he was a fantastic artist at 13 with an amazing imagination, lightbuearsvahead of the rest of us. Our art teacher however was not impressed with his ‘cartoons’. So glad he’s made it, a very nice person to.

    • This Charming Mum
      July 31, 2014 at 9:13 am

      I have so much admiration for book illustrators. It’s great to hear that someone who had artistic talent as a teen found the opportunity to make a living from it 🙂

  2. May 27, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Great Review. It sounds to me that a lot of adults would benefit from this book to help remember times of old

    • This Charming Mum
      May 28, 2014 at 6:33 am

      Thanks, yeah adults would enjoy this one too. It’s just pure fun with beautifully detailed illustrations. I can’t draw stick figures so I’m always in awe of the illustrators!

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