Dino’s Don’t Exist

Dino’s don’t exist… do they? Two boys, Tim the leader and Jesse the willing but slightly nervous follower, decide to trek through the woods on the hunt for giant dinosaurs. But as the story progresses, we start to wonder who really is the hunter and who is the hunted.

Dutch illustrator Mark Janssen offers another entertaining take on an ever-popular topic with this engaging picturebook. As you follow the boys’ adventure, fold-out pages open into large scenes of a darkened forest with suspicious silhouettes that may or may not be moving. If you take a closer look, you might spot why Jesse is feeling a little uncomfortable!

Janssen’s beautiful illustrations have soft edges that evoke a dream-like atmosphere. Although he has chosen a dark palette for this book, the use of blues, greens, reds and pinks results in non-threatening images despite the night-time theme. The boys and their torch are bright beacons set against the dusky backdrop.

There is only a small amount of text in the book, as Tim leads Jesse farther in their pursuit, and the focus is on the visual imagery. The pictures are full of shapes and shadowy detail, offering plenty to talk about besides the story itself. Complete with adventure, surprises and thrills, this would make an enjoyable story for bedtime… just be sure to hide the torches as little ones may start to get ideas about evening excursions!