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‘A lovely little story that will be a delight for younger readers – and their parents’ The Letterpress Project reviews The Wondrous Dinosaurium!

Terry at The Letterpress Project has just posted a cracking review for The Wondrous Dinosaurium by John Condon with illustrations by Steve Brown (publishing 28 May):

The popularity of dinosaurs with children never appears to wane – somehow they seem to make the wonder and mystery of history and science accessible to young minds, perhaps for the first time.

How much better would it be if you could go to the High Street and find a shop where you could buy your own pet dinosaur? Well, that’s what John Condon’s latest picture book offers its young readers and with the help of Steve Brown’s bold and colourful illustrations it all comes to life in another delightful Maverick Books publication.

Danny’s parents have offered him the chance to have a pet but rather than settle for the run-of-the-mill cat or dog, he’s determined to get his very own dinosaur. So spurning Pete’s Pets he heads for The Wondrous Dinosaurium which although it looks small on the outside is big enough to have a choice of any dinosaur that there ever was. I very much liked the little details in the drawings like the sign outside the shop which is a delicious little warning – ‘Pets For The Very Brave’!

I find these books from Maverick Arts Publishing so successful because they’ve gone for a generous large format that gives the illustrators plenty to work with and Steve Brown has certainly taken full advantage. His drawings fill the pages and are often double spreads to provide maximum impact.

This is a lovely little story that will be a delight for younger readers – and their parents.’

Thanks, Terry!

See the full review here

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