BOOK REVIEW // Gigantosaurus by Johnny Duddle

I’ve made no secret of the fact that Riley and Harry are little bookworms. I take them to our local library regularly – often leaving with dozens of books – and read stories to them every single night before bed.

So, when Tesco got in touch about their #PassTheStoryOn campaign, i was only too happy to be involved. As part of the campaign Tesco are working with parent bloggers across the UK to start a book share for a number of children’s books. After 3 children have read the book, it must then be returned to Tesco and they will be donating the books to a UK-based children’s charity.

The initiative is designed to encourage parents to share children’s books and get as many kids excited about reading as possible.

We were very kindly sent a copy of Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle, which couldn’t have been more perfect for us as Riley is learning about dinosaurs at school this term.


Gigantosaurus is essentially a dinosaur version of the classic fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”, focusing around a young Ankylosaurus named Bonehead and his friends Tiny, Fin and Bill.

Before heading out to play in the Cretaceous sun, the little dinosaurs are warned by their mothers about the fierce and wild Gigantosaurus.

“His feet go STOMP! His jaws go CRUNCH! In the blink of an eye you’d be his LUNCH!”

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So Bonehead volunteers to be the lookout while the other dinosaurs play amid towering ferns, termite mounds and sun-bleached skeletons. Climbing to a point of higher ground, he proceeds to announce the rapid approach of a Gigantosaurus. “Run! Hide! It’s Gigantosaurus!’ he yells as a harmless triceratops stomps into view – after nothing more than a leafy jungle salad.gigantosaurus review

Bonehead continues to deceive his friends, until they tire of the trickery and abandon him to play by themselves.

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Of course, you can guess who shows up next – the Gigantosaurus – and Bonehead finds himself in a rather compromising position, as the boy who cried wolf invariably does.

The boys thoroughly enjoyed this book and Duddle’s strikingly beautiful, dynamic and funny illustrations round out a rhyming tale that is wonderful for out-load reading. His artwork creates a lush Cretaceous world full of giant ferns, volcanoes, lava flows, dinosaur bones and massive termite nests that really help to bring the tale to life.

Overall thoughts?

Overall, this is a charming book and one that I would highly recommend to parents of young children. This modern twist on a classic fable is full of rhyme, wit and beautiful illustrations and teaches children a very important life lesson.

Harry loved the big fold-up page showing the dreaded Gigantosaurus in all his glory.

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Riley enjoyed the “Meet The Dinosaurs In This Book” spread at the end which features more information and fun facts about the characters.

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Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle has a RRP of £6.99 and is available to purchase from Tesco (it’s currently on offer at £3.85). You can view the full range of Tesco’s children’s books here.

Don’t forget you can follow along with the campaign using #PassTheStoryOn



  1. 3 May, 2017 / 11:39 am

    Ah fab review lovely! This book looks great and I think Sophie would love it too! x

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