Gigantosaurus

Jonny Duddle

Book - 2014

Four young dinosaurs are told to fear the gigantosaurus, but when the lookout among them decides to have a little fun, they all learn a valuable lesson about false warnings.

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Subjects
Genres
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Published
Somerville, Massachusetts : Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press 2014.
Edition
First U.S. edition, reinforced trade edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 30 cm
ISBN
9780763671310
0763671312
Main Author
Jonny Duddle (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The lessons of Aesop's fables are just as applicable in the Cretaceous as they are today, as Duddle (The King of Space) demonstrates in a witty cautionary tale that boils down to "The Ankylosaurus Who Cried Wolf." Four tiny dinos have had it drummed into their boney, horned heads to beware the fiercest predator of them all, Gigantosaurus (an author's note explains that while this creature is fictional, the similarly named giganotosaurus was real). "His feet go STOMP!/ His jaws go CRUNCH!/ In the blink of an eye,/ you'd be his LUNCH!" warn the dinosaurs' mothers. Bonehead, a tiny ankylosaurus, offers to serve as a lookout as his friends play amid towering ferns, termite mounds, and sun-bleached skeletons. But after he tricks his friends one too many times into thinking that Gigantosaurus is descending upon them, they abandon him just as the danger gets real. Duddle's digital illustrations create a rich prehistoric world with an almost sculptural depth, and his bug-eyed dinosaurs exude personality. Bouncy rhymes and a narrative propelled by alternating moments of terror and relief make for a lively, mischievous read. Ages 3–7. Agent: Arena Illustration. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—The "boy who cried wolf" theme will be familiar, only here it's a little dinosaur who cries, "Gigantosaurus." The first time he gives the alarm, it turns out to just be a triceratops; then it's just diplodocous. Each time, Bonehead, a young ankylosaurus, laughs when his friends run and hide, but when he issues his fourth warning, they don't believe him. Of course, the threat is real this time, and Bonehead almost becomes Gigantosaurus's lunch. Most kids will enjoy this raucous rhyming story. The full-bleed, earth-tone digital cartoons are appropriately exaggerated and fraught with tension without being frightening. A note at the end introduces the real and made-up creatures that appear in the story. Fans of dinosaurs and those who love action will enjoy this prehistoric romp.—Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA [Page 70]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Four young dinosaurs are told to fear the gigantosaurus, but when the lookout among them decides to have a little fun, they all learn a valuable lesson about false warnings.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

His feet go STOMP! His jaws go CRUNCH! In the blink of an eye you'll be his LUNCH!Four young dinosaurs are warned about the scary Gigantosaurus, so one of them volunteers to keep watch for the others while they play. But Bonehead, the lookout, quickly gets bored, and he can't resist shouting, 'GIGANTOSAURUS!' just to see what the others do. When his friends finally wise up, Bonehead is in for a rather snappy (and crunchy) surprise!

Review by Publisher Summary 3

His feet go STOMP! His jaws go CRUNCH! In the blink of an eye you’ll be his LUNCH!Four young dinosaurs are warned about the scary Gigantosaurus, so one of them volunteers to keep watch for the others while they play. But Bonehead, the lookout, quickly gets bored, and he can’t resist shouting, “GIGANTOSAURUS!” just to see what the others do. When his friends finally wise up, Bonehead is in for a rather snappy (and crunchy) surprise!