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Open the Door, Get on the Floor
on 29 April 2013
The more children's picture books I read, the more I realise that many of the stories are pretty similar. This is probably not the fault of the author, but an inevitability when trying to tell a simple story in only a limited number of words. One staple is about a bully picking on the smaller person/creature, only to be warned there is an even bigger friend on the way. This is basically the synopsis of `The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur' by Richard Byrne, the story of a little dinosaur and a slightly bigger dinosaur that should have known better.
The most fun in the book is not actually found first time you read it. The story is a little bland, but the reveal is fun. What is enjoyable is re-reading the book and spotting the clues of what is about to happen; what exactly are they sitting on? With this in mind, `Really' should become one of those repeat books that entertains more for the `Where's Wally' spotting fun, rather than the tale. The illustrations are bold, but a little bland in places, not something that really stands out from the other books on the shelf. I am also not a huge fan of some of the fonts used to tell the story, not the clearest.
`Really' is a very solid children's book that some children will love, whilst others will be reminded of the superior `The Gruffalo' and wish to pick that up again instead.