Thursday, April 17, 2008

Dinosaur Trouble

King-Smith, Dick. 2008. Dinosaur Trouble. New York: Roaring Book Press.

This short J novel by prolific children's writer, Dick King-Smith was first published in Britain in 2005. Dinosaur Trouble is actually historical fiction mixed with elements of fantasy. A young pterodactyl, Nosy, makes friends with Banty, an apatosaurus - despite bias by both sets of parents against the other species. The personified dinosaur children learn to work together in the common interest of avoiding the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex, Hack the Ripper.

This tongue-in-cheek novel fills a gap. Many children are huge dinosaur fans. Other than non-fiction selections and picture books, I have not seen any novels featuring dinosaurs. This one is chock-full of humor, large words (Nosy's mom, Aviatrix, is quite the erudite pterosaur), and factual information about the Jurassic age.

This book is a great choice for fiction-seeking, young dinosaur enthusiasts.

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