Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle Book Review

Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Release Date: February 1, 2014

All young dinosaurs are warned about the scary Gigantosaurus. So Bonehead volunteers to be the dino-kids lookout. Unfortunately, he is the original boy-dinosaur who cried wolf, or in this case, Gigantosaurus! Finally, Bonehead's friends refuse to believe his warnings and the Gigantosaurus really turns up.

This story was a combination of 'Land Before Time' meets 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf'. I actually felt kind of bad for young Bonehead because unlike the wolf story where the child is being willfully untruthful, Bonehead simply mistakes other large animals for the Gigantosaurus. When the actual Gigantosaurus does show up, Bonehead is nearly killed and the other dinos don't seem all too concerned about him based on his supposed lies. Yet, I found Bonehead to be the cutest of the dinosaurs, easily exciteable and obviously a little fearful. It is a shame the author didn't play on those elements. I thought the illustrations were very well done, but I just couldn't see Bonehead as being a liar as the other characters saw him. In the end, they still don't trust him (he does survive) and I thought that was a shame for the poor little dinosaur who was just trying to be a good lookout.