Tuesday, January 7, 2020

"All About Allosaurus" - a bookwrap

I'd like you to meet Allosaurus.  He is not a happy camper.  Here's why...


"All About Allosaurus" 

Authored by Greg Gormley
Illustrated by Dean Gray

*Ages:  4-7
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Paperback: 24 pages 
* Series:  Storytime
* Publisher:  QED Publishing
* Pub. Date:  Feb. 18, 2020
* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Great Illustrations 

The Book

Allosaurus has had it.  The rockstar in his world is not himself but T-Rex.  Everyone fawns and drools over her but now Allosaurus is taking thing into his own hands and he is going to write a book... all about HIMSELF!   Finally he will get the notoriety and recognition he deserves!  Why should T. rex get all the dinosaur praise and glory?  

When his other dinosaur friends discover what Allosaurus is up to they all clammer to be included in his book.  Allosaurus hesitantly concedes to their demands and incorporates each one in his book with a little aside blurb citing their characteristics.  He then observes that there is no room for him!  Oh no! 

T-Rex gets wind of his project and she is not amused.  Why is she excluded from his book? She should be written into it too. 


Erm, T. rex how are you?
"Cross! You've been mean about me."
"Yes, a T. rex has feelings too, you know." 

Poor Allorsaurus now must find a way to appease T.rex's wrath.  Can he come up with a way to calm her down and include her too? What do you think that he should do?  

The illustrations are wonderful: colourful, vibrant and expressive. They add a lovely richness and depth to the text.    A fun story which introduces children to different dinosaurs, with a light message on inclusion and friendship.  I highly recommend this book to you. 

The Series

Beautifully illustrated, QED's Storytime series introduces young children to the pleasures of reading and sharing stories. Featuring charming animal and human characters, the books explore important social and emotional themes like friendship, gratitude, perseverance, and overcoming fears. A Next Steps page at the back provides guidance for parents and teachers.

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

Meet the Author

Greg Gormley is the author of several internationally successful picture books. Dog in Boots, earned superb reviews and was selected for the USBBY outstanding international books list and the Oprah Winfrey Best Picture Books list. He lives in Cambridge, UK with his family and a giant dog called Sid.

About the Illustrator

Born in Roehampton and currently based in South London. Dean studied Graphic Design, which makes that conceptual thinking plays a huge part in his idea process. He takes a lot of inspiration from watching films, animations, browsing the Internet, collecting vinyl toys, kawaii culture and science fiction. He has a character-driven approach to his work and is passionate about storytelling. Creating a character that someone can have an emotional connection with is what Dean finds most exciting.

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