My Grandpa Is a Dinosaur by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones is a delightful book for the imagination, a look at how kids often view the adults in their company, even their own grandparents. Wanda notices things about her grandfather that other people do not seem to notice, like his green skin, his long tail, and his large presence. As she explains her observations to her family and they fail to come to the same conclusion that she does, she has little choice but to ask her grandpa directly if he is, indeed, a dinosaur.
Whether the book is meant to be a commentary on how children often find their grandparents to be ancient or not, it doesn’t matter. Wanda is a delightfully inquisitive child who enjoys her grandpa’s company in spite of his appearance and odd behavior. She enjoys his company even more once the mystery is solved.
My Grandpa Is a Dinosaur by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones is a cute book about loving our relatives no matter what, and it explores the imagination of young children at the same time. The book is similar to the Gorillas in Our Midst book, which can be used for children in the early stages of word recognition.
About the Author:
Richard Fairgray is also an active Podcaster, blogger, and writer/illustrator of picture books. His Morgan series has sold well throughout New Zealand and overseas and his new title Gorillas In Our Midst was released in April worldwide.