Tom and the Island of Dinosaurs by Ian Beck


Tom and the Island of Dinosaurs by Ian Beck

Tom finds a message in a bottle - from a girl explorer trapped on the Island of Monsters. He sets off to help, flying in a balloon through the moonlit skies to reach a volcanic island teeming with huge prehistoric creatures. By the author/illustrator of The Teddy Robber.


A thrilling, all too rare tale of a kind which seems itself to be an endangered species for this age-group TES A colourful and delightful story with a satisfying storyline that moves at pace ... A book that children will pore over and discover something fresh each time they return to it Children's Books of the Year 1994 Stunning panaromic illustrations Young Book Trust 100 Best Books 1996 A rip-roaring yarn ... the stuff of a master storyteller weaving an epic - it's not just the paper he paints, but also our imaginations Books for Keeps This is a glorious picture book that moves at a fast pace and has the reader engaged from the first page -- Louise Ellis-Barrett

About the Author

Ian Beck

Ian Beck was born in Hove on the Sussex coast in 1947. At the age of thirteen, after seeing an exhibition of drawings for the Radio Times, he was fired with enthusiasm about illustration and began attending Saturday painting classes at the nearby Brighton College of Art.

Ian has worked in many fields of illustration. He's been involved in the record industry, and painted the cover of one of the most popular records of all time: Elton John's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'. One of Ian's titles, Lost in Snow, was made into an animated film for TV and his books have now sold a million copies worldwide.

Q & A with Ian Beck

1. When did you first start to write stories or draw?

2. In general, where do your ideas come from?

3. What made you write this book?

4. What have you enjoyed most about working on this book?

5. What is your earliest memory?

6. What did you enjoy most at school?

7. Of all the places you have lived, where have you felt most at home and why?

8. Is there a particular holiday destination that you have visited that you would love to return to?

9. Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your pets, past or present?

10. What would you say is your greatest talent?

11. What new skill – it can be anything at all – would you love to learn?

12. What is the most unusual job you have done?

13. What is your most treasured possession?

14. Is there a particular book, author, or film that had a great impact on you in your childhood?

15. What are your hobbies?

Listening to film music and going to the cinema as often as possible.

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Book Info


32 pages
Interest Age: from 0 to 5


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Publication date

10th August 1995



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