How do you pitch yet another dinosaur fact book? How about with a cheeky chicken trying to convince you it is a dinosaur, complete with documentary evidence of family albums dating back a few million years? Or the discovery that the dinosaur Gallus Gallus Domesticus is still alive and walking among us?
The illustration is a beautiful mix of painting and collage that looks rough and beautiful. The messy lines and textures really bring these beasts of the past to life on the pages. All your favourite dinosaurs are there, the Velociraptor, the Iguanodon, the Stegosaurus, the Triceratops, and of course the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Each spread of the family albums shows our favourite dinosaurs engaging in typical family activities with hints about how these giants of history evolved into today’s modern birds. The family nature of these illustrated ‘photos’ really brings heart to the dinosaurs making them very relatable to young readers.
This is an enjoyable introduction to dinosaurs and in turn how impressive it makes our modern birds, especially the chicken. The chicken’s story thread holds the book and the various facts together. Though note this is more a storybook than a fact book for those who might be expecting loads of stats and figures. Even so, I would have preferred more of either, as both are a little light.
Kids aged 0-7 will find the book interesting and relatable. There is just enough fact and story to for a child to keep turning the pages to the surprise ending.