Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gigantosaurus by Johnny Duddle -- OPTIONAL

Duddle, Johnny Gigantosaurus. PICTURE BOOK. Templar Books/Candlewick, 2014. $16.99. Content: PG.

In this dinosaur-themed retelling of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," one little dino offers to watch for predators while his friends play. He thinks it's hilarious to falsely warn the others about approaching enemies, just to watch them scurry and hide for nothing. But when the threat becomes real, he learns his lesson. Includes a colorful poster and more information about dinosaurs -- including the eponymous Gigantosaurus.

This story has adorable illustrations and a good lesson, and is likely to appeal to many dinosaur lovers. Some children may find it pretty scary, however, hence the 'optional' rating. Choose the audience with care.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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