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My Grandpa is a Dinosaur by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones.

April 21, 2016

grandpa dinosaurMy Grandpa is a Dinosaur by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones. Pub Penguin/Random House, 2016.

Not many picture books have the word palaeontologist in the text, and not many will have the multi level appeal of this memorable picture book for everybody.

Wanda knows that grandpa is a dinosaur but nobody else seems to notice. There is plenty of evidence – grandpa’s skin is green, he has a tail and he is the only grandpa to eat a whole tree at the Grandparents Day picnic.

So Wanda takes a direct approach and asks her grandpa if he is a dinosaur “of course I am ” he replies. But he is not the only one, read and find out where the others are.

Excellent story with minimum written text. Brevity is the key to all humour and Terry Jones knows this. Richard Fairgray has provided perceptive whole page illustrations with the facial expressions, particularly of grandpa superb.Tara Black’s colouring is also a standout feature.

Add in the unique relationship between Wanda and her grandpa and you have a picture book with the aaah and wow factor. If you don’t get this for your school or your children at home you are mad.

As a granddad myself, I haven’t been called a dinosaur yet, but my day is coming. My granddaughters have had it read to them every day this week at bed time. “that’s you granddad” said the younger one on day one.

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