Dinosaur Day Out
By Sara Acton
$24.99, Walker Books
This latest picture book by Crichton Award winning author/illustrator Sara Acton has an irresistible pantomime appeal – as the Dad character in the story gives dinosaur trivia to his kids Sally and Max, all the while oblivious that there’s a whole Jurassic spectacle taking place around him (the Dinosaurs roaming the city on their ‘day off’). The divergence between illustrations and text lines up with that between the kids and their father – a nifty, comical gap that puts the kids (characters and readers) satisfyingly in the driver’s seat. In addition to this humorous aspect, the book also delivers a handful of interesting facts about dinosaurs, while watercolour and graphite pencil illustrations complement the whimsical feel of the story. It’s an all ‘round great Day Out!
Angie Schiavone has a Master of Arts in Children's Literature and is the former children's book reviewer for The Sydney Morning Herald. She has been a judge for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, a restaurant reviewer and editor for the Good Food Guide, and a cookbook editor. She's also a mum to two book and food-loving kids.
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