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Tiny Tyrannosaurus Paperback – February 24, 2017
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I would think that any child, who has just mastered the art of reading comfortably, will derive much enjoyment from this book. There are no big surprises, everything is very cosy and largely predictable with a happy ending. This is, of course, quite right for very young children, as they feel at ease and secure in a world where there are no great surprises. They long for the familiar. The established routine. A small world peopled by readily identifiable figures and faces; Tiny Tyrannosaurus sticks to this script, and rightly so. It is not a market for which I would be able to write, given that I only come alive when I am delivering shocks, twists, and surprises, for which reason I would have to aim at a much older children’s market. As for this book, children of this age group would have their books selected for them by their parents and teachers, and I think these grown-ups would have no problem in quickly becoming at ease with the narrative and content of these stories, to then label them eminently suitable. It is a “safe” book. Someone like Roald Dahl was a lot more daring and imaginative, but then he, again, was writing for a much older market. So Penny Luker is to be congratulated for writing a children’s book that exactly fits the requirements of its potential market. Moreover, it is delightfully typo-free and makes good use of language with an appropriate choice of words, so what more could one possibly ask! There are some delightful lines such as “When I want to talk to you I’ll swish my tail and you’ll hear a ‘whoosh’ sound” (Tiny speaking to Isaac). Overall, a considerable achievement in getting a book just right for its intended readership, even though the competition is very fierce from established authors with mainstream publishers.
The story builds as the bond between the young boy and the little dinosaur grows. This is an endearing tale of friendship and fun, it also teaches about manners and child safety but the serious issues are cleverly woven into the story in a fun and child friendly manner.
I can definitely imagine a sequel to this book and would love to find out about the further adventures of Tiny at magic school. In the meantime, we'll enjoy reading Penny Luker's The Green Book for our bedtime stories.
This is a lovely story and definately something you should read to your children.