Three Little Dinosaurs by Charles Fuge
Illustrated by: Charles Fuge
Published: Parragon Books, 2013
Length: 24 pages
Genre: Young Children’s, dinosaurs, Picture books
Where Did I Get It?: Received for review as part of Parragon Book’s BookBuddies scheme
Summary (From Amazon): With its sweet illustrations, appealing characters, and clever concept, Charles Fuge’s wonderful new picture book really soars to imaginative heights. Scratch, Spike, and Lofty–a friendly trio of dinosaurs–dream only about flying. So one day they climb a volcano, hoping that if they jump off the edge and flap, they just might really take flight. But it turns out that flying is harder than it seems–until a kind pterodactyl shows them the way, and helps them turn “let’s pretend” into reality.
My Review: My kids love dinosaurs so this delightful little story book is right up their street. The simple story is satisfying in itself and all the beautiful illustrations give us plenty to talk about as we go along.
The kids love the fact that the dinosaurs like to play pretend and often we have to stop reading for them to pretend to fly round the room for a minute or two – as if they are playing along with Scratch, Spike and Lofty.
The text is fun and engaging and contains subtle humour (such as the Pterodactyl being called ‘Terry Dactyl’) that will continue to entertain as the children get older and start to read it for themselves.
As an adult with a liking for dinosaurs I quite like that the three main characters are illustrated at the start of the book with labels telling you what kind of dinosaur they are. It is not vital to the story but the information is there for the inevitable moment your child turns round and asks! A nice detail that I think sums up the quality of the book overall.
I have lost count of how many times we have read this both at bed time and randomly during the day – it is a firm favourite and I can see it staying that way for quite a while.
My Rating: 5/5*