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Jul 02 2014

Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle

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Scholastic, 2014. ISBN 9781742761015.
(Age: 5+) Fantasy, Picture book, Humour. The intricate illustrations will enthrall those readers who love books about dinosaurs and fantastical inventions as the dinosaur parents warn their offspring about the Gigantosurus.
They must be wary of this gigantic creature with sharp teeth and sharp eyes, on the lookout for small creatures as a snack.
Bonehead tells his friends, Tiny, Bill and Fin to stay where they are while he climbs an anthill to see if the huge dinosaur is coming. Three times he calls out that it is coming, and his three friends run and hide, and each time he tells them he is just testing them. When the Gigantosuaurs does come he is caught unawares and is almost eaten.
This is a retelling of The Boy who cried wolf in a different guise and will entreat all those who read it. The information about the various dinosaurs is given in the back of the book, along with information about Gigantosaurus, which will intrigue dinosaur followers. The luscious illustrations burst with life and mayhem and humour, as many will stop to seek out the range of things in the undergrowth.
Fran Knight

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