Trouble on Thunder Mountain by Russell Hoban


Trouble on Thunder Mountain by Russell Hoban

A children's picture book about market forces, modern architecture and ants. The O'Saurus family of modern dinosaurs live happily on Thunder Mountain until the evil J.M. Flatbrain from Megafreight International evicts them to make way for a plastic mountain theme park.


This wry tale of big business versus small people, conservation versus development, gets its message across with great humour. Mr Flatbrain of Megafright International tries to evict the O'Saurus family from Thunder Mountain to create a hi-tech plastic mountain theme park. But the O'Sauruses come up with a better idea and, needless to say, the result is hilarious. (6-9 yrs) (Kirkus UK)

About the Author

Russell Hoban

As a child

Russell Hoban was born in Pennsylvania, USA. His parents were Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine; his father was the advertising manager of a Jewish newspaper as well as a dram guild director. Russell was thus exposed to the arts early on, and became interested in writing at an early age, winning prizes for his stories and poems during his school years.

As an adult

Russell served in the US Infantry during WWII. For a time he taught art in New York and Connecticut. He then worked as a freelance illustrator and an advertising copywriter. He began publishing children's books in 1958, and since then has published more than fifty. His picture book The Sea-Thing Child, illustrated by Patrick Benson, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Russell passed away at the age of 86 in 2011.

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40 pages
Interest Age: from 5 to 7


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Publication date

21st June 1999



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