Treats for a T Rex by Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain and Lee Wildish
|Treats for a T Rex by Adam Guillain, Charlotte Guillain and Lee Wildish|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Sam Tyler|
|Summary: Join George and his dog Trixie in a fun, but somewhat awkward, adventure to teach some dinosaurs a trick or two.|
|Buy? Maybe||Borrow? Maybe|
|Pages: 32||Date: June 2016|
|External links: Author's website|
One hot summer our family got a new Labrador puppy and, seeing as I was at home most of the time revising for exams, it was decided that I would be the person to train said dog. After a few months of hard training came a grown dog… that was the worst trained we ever had. Laddy may have been an expert in play fighting and eating, but not much else. With my spotted history in animal husbandry I am not equipped to train any animal and especially not a T Rex, but perhaps George is.
George is an adventurer who likes to take his dog Trixie along with him. The two of them decide to explore a lost world of dinosaurs in the hopes of spotting a T Rex. A land full of dinos is a dangerous place, so when the pair meet up with different dinosaurs they have to fall back on something they know – tricks. Will George and Trixie's dog tricks work to appease a T Rex?
Children's books are often throwaway fun with a concept that does not make a huge amount of sense. A little boy taking a paraglider to a country full of velociraptors and brachiosaurus makes no sense at all, but does sound like a blast! So how come Treats for a T Rex feels a little flat?
Treats is part of a series of books by the Guillains that all star our intrepid duo on a mission based on a catchy title – Pizza for Pirates, Marshmallows for Martians etc. It almost feels as if the narrative has to be retrofitted to match the title of the story. This is certainly the case with this book as the treats for dinosaurs just comes across as a little flippant. You essentially follow George as he meets random dinos, only for them to learn a trick or two. This is not an awful idea, but children's books should unlock the amazing and not wallow in the mundane.
The illustrations by Wildish do a better job in exciting a reader; they are bold and fun. He does an especially good job of drawing things from high up to give children a sense of scale. If nothing else, the wild imagery will entertain a toddler, but they too may become a little jaded with the book. Treats does not suffer from being a bad book, just one that feels like an also ran. There are so many great offerings in the For Sharing genre that spending time on one that is a little average does not feel like a good use of your resources.
There are tons of great dinosaur books to share with your child including The Super Swooper Dinosaur by Martin Waddell and Leonie Lord and Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson.
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