Like many boys around the country I look forward to a new Dinosaur Rescue book from the wonderful Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley. Each book gives me my dose of prehistoric facts, disgusting dinosaur behaviour and wild adventures with Arg the brainy cave boy. Arg’s latest adventure is Scuto-stickysaurus.
In Scuto-stickysaurus, disgusted by his family’s eating habits, Arg leaves his cave to search for the cause of the terrible noise that is filling the air. He discovers a Scutosaurus, a very slow, heavily armoured dinosaur, and he sets off to save it from his tribe’s hunting party. It’s not long before he finds himself stuck to the Scutosaurus with no way to pry himself loose. It’s up to his good friend Skeet to rescue him and the Scutosaurus before it’s too late.
Scuto-stickysaurus has the perfect mix of fact, fiction and stinky dinosaurs that I love about this very cool series. In this book you can:
- Learn how to look like a Neanderthal,
- Find out about a prehistoric trip to the dentist,
- Get some jungle survival tips (Bear Grylls style)
- Learn about dangerous jungle plants
- Discover the perfect way to escape a Deadly Mouth Plant.
There’s also plenty of dinosaur poo and farts to go around, and when it comes to these, Arg is always in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s the combination of the story and the illustrations that makes this series so hilarious. Scuto-stickysaurus is the 7th book in the series and it’s just as good as the 1st book, T-wreck-asaurus. I hope that Kyle and Donovan have got plenty more ideas up their sleeves for Arg’s future adventures.
Thanks to Scholastic New Zealand I have 2 copies of Scuto-stickysaurus to give away. You can enter here.
Scuto-stickysaurus is the latest book in Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley’s disgusting and hilarious Dinosaur Rescue series. Each book gives me my dose of prehistoric facts, disgusting dinosaur behaviour and wild adventures with Arg the brainy cave boy. You can read my review here.
Did you know there is an awesome new Dinosaur Rescue website? Head to www.dinosaur-rescue.com to have a look at all the interesting information and cool activities.
Thanks to Scholastic New Zealand I have a Dinosaur Rescue prize pack to give away, including a copy of Scuto-stickysaurus and 2 other Dinosaur Rescue books . To get in the draw all you have to do is enter your name and email address in the form below, and tell me 2 things that you can find at www.dinosaur-rescue.com. Competition closes Wednesday 28 November (NZ only).
Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner is Annette.
The Looky Book is a cool new puzzle book by New Zealand author/illustrator Donovan Bixley, with 11 different puzzles, all with colourful New Zealand landscapes, birds and animals. There are heaps of things to find in each picture, like find the numbers with the crazy All Black lambs, spot the difference with the mischievous keas, find the animals hidden deep in the bush, and match the farmers to their animals. You can read my full review and my interview with Donovan here on the blog.
I have a copy to give away and all you need to do is enter your name and email address in the form below. Competition closes Thursday 1 November (NZ only).
All kids love a good puzzle book. When I was a kid I loved Where’s Wally, I-Spy and those pick-a-path maze books. There have never been any great New Zealand themed puzzle books, until now. New Zealand author and illustrator, Donovan Bixley, has just published his awesome puzzle book, The Looky Book. Donovan is my favourite New Zealand illustrator and his illustrations for The Looky Book are wonderful.
The Looky Book is a puzzle book with 11 different puzzles, all with colourful New Zealand landscapes, birds and animals. There are heaps of things to find in each picture, like find the numbers with the crazy All Black lambs, spot the difference with the mischievous keas, find the animals hidden deep in the bush, and match the farmers to their animals. My favourite pictures are the ones where you have to spot what’s wrong in the scene. In the beach scene on the first page, you can find a shark in a paddling pool and a man watching TV in the bath. There are hours of fun for kids and adults, and when you’ve solved all the puzzles, you can go back and find the tui and the grumpy garden gnome on each page.
I love Donovan’s illustrations and The Looky Book just shows how versatile he is. Not only does he give each human or animal it’s own personality, but he can make these a small part of a large scene. He makes every little detail count, and these little details are hilarious (sheep holding up a ‘Lamb Carter’ banner or a penguin wearing a tie). The reason I love Donovan’s illustrations is because they are always so colourful and they seem to glow. He seems to use this effect that makes certain objects or characters shine. Just look at the front cover and you’ll see what I mean (the eyes, the telescope and the kea’s beak). I would love to know how long it took Donovan to create each spread.
There is an incredible amount to see on each page, and some things you won’t see the first time. Donovan his given the book a real Kiwi feel too, with lots of local wildlife and some Kiwi icons like Hokey Pokey ice cream. If you have a very keen eye you might even spot a reference to one of Margaret Mahy’s stories on the first page.
Christmas is only weeks away and The Looky Book will make a perfect present for kids young and old.
5 out of 5 stars