Today’s review is of Dino, by Diego Vaisberg, published by Templar.
We now have our milk delivered by a milkman, and Holly thinks the glass bottles arecute and quaint. I think he also deliver eggs but we’ve not tried that yet and, after reading Diego Vaisberg’s book Dino, I think we might carry on refraining!
A family discovers a strange egg, which will immediately get children guessing its contents (the family in the book suggest a giant canary or lizard or tortoise) but the title page is of course the spoiler. A little dinosaur hatches out of it and it’s so cute and friendly, they decide to keep him and give him the very apt name of Dino.
Dino quickly becomes part of the family and does all the sorts of things dogs do really (he is much more amenable than a cat). He loves being outside, going to the park and playing fetch, although he can’t always bring the ball back.
The problem is of course that he’s a dinosaur and he turns out to be a particularly large one. This means lots of breakage in the house and other animals are naturally quite frightened by his roaring and run away.
At this point, a book often reveals the main problem and demands a resolution. Will Dino go to live in a dinosaur park or special zoo? Vaisberg doesn’t really hint at there being any other dinosaurs in the world, just this one, so that doesn’t look likely. In fact, Dino just stays with the family and they work around him until … three more eggs appear and … they move house to accommodate their extra guests.
I loved the humour in this book – very understated. By contrast, Diego Vaisberg’s illustrations are vivid and exciting and also unusual – dinosaurs are usually depicted in greens but there are only three colours in this book’s palette: white, red and blue. The jarring of colour expectation works well to make this book visually appealing.
Dinosaurs are very popular in my school with the children, particularly the boys, and I think they will be very excited to read this book (many of them can tell me the names of the most obscure creatures around). This is a delight to read and I hope that this, the first of Diego Vaisberg’s picture books, won’t be the last. It really is Dinomyte!
Please note that Templar sent me a review copy of this book.