Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle


Written by Jonny Duddle
Illustrated by Jonny Duddle
Part of the Jonny Duddle Series

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Bonehead offers to become the look-out for the terrifying Gigantosaurus that is roaming near their home, but then he cries wolf to his friends once too often he finds his friends take no notice and he finds himself in lots of bother. A cautionary tale that tricking and lying is not the answer but does Bonehead survive to tell the tale and learn the error of his ways. The rhyming text, some in speech bubbles, makes this a great book to share with toddlers and young children.

The author and illustrator Jonny Duddle is the illustrator of the covers of the new children's editions of all the Harry Potter titles.


Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle

All young dinosaurs are warned about the scary Gigantosaurus. So Bonehead volunteers to be the dino-kids lookout. Unfortunately, he is the original boy-dinosaur who cried wolf, or in this case, GIGANTOSAURUS! Finally, Bonehead's friends refuse to believe his warnings and the Gigantosaurus really turns up!

We have some super activity pages to accompany the book - colour in your own dinosaurs and draw flying monsters!


All we've heard about for at least the last decade is The Gruffalo (I know it was first published in 1999, but as with most things it took numerous years to become a household word). It certainly is an outstanding children's book in its own right. Having a small boy (our very own Gruffalo's Child), my husband and I can confidently recite the book from cover to cover (as can our son, an avid reader who has already loved several copies to death). It was therefore a wonderful surprise to come across something as good as The Gruffalo but with Dinosaurs: Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle (what a fabulous name for a children's author!). This book has detailed digital illustrations by the author himself. As an illustrator myself, I have to admit that I've not been that wowed by digital art for children, but this one demonstrates that if you know what you're doing you can create the depth and detail that usually only comes from physicalart. The illustrations are readable, original, and very inviting to a three-year-old's imagination. There's also a clever fold out when the 'Gigantosaurus

- the board book being too small to contain him. Speaking as a book designer, the only drawback for me is that the typography was a little less thought out than the illustrations, the story, and the cover. But this is where my criticism starts and stops. Green Door Duddle's prehistoric take on The Boy Who Cried Wolf is enormous fun. The rhyming story rollicks along and with their filmic quality, the digitally created illustrations seem to leap off the page. There's also a fold out page and, to whet the appetites of knowledge seekers, there are snippets of information about the featured dinosaurs on the two final double spreads. Dinosaur style, Duddle has definitely done himself proud. -- Jill Bennett Red Reading Hub

About the Author

Jonny Duddle

One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors Jonny spent his childhood in the wet and windy hills of North Wales, exploring forests, riding his bike for miles and miles, scrumping apples and building tree-houses. When he wasn’t outside he was drawing and busily creating worlds, sprawled across his bedroom floor, with paper everywhere.

Jonny eventually ended up designing characters for computer games. Whilst working as a freelance games artist, he wrote a picture book about a sea monster called ‘The Pirate Cruncher’ and did all the pictures too, which was published by Templar in 2009. Then he helped design the characters for Aardman’s stop-motion movie ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!’.

Nowadays, Jonny has returned to the wet and windy hills of North Wales. He spends most of his time drawing and busily creating worlds, sprawled across his studio floor, with paper everywhere. When he’s not drawing, he likes exploring forests, riding his bike for miles and miles, scrumping apples, fixing old cars and building garden sheds.

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Publication date

1st April 2015




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