Jonathan Emmett Dinosaurs after Dark

ISBN 13: 9780006647294

Dinosaurs after Dark

9780006647294: Dinosaurs after Dark

Bobby wakes up in the middle of the night to hear something "sneaking softly past his window". He looks out and sees...a huge enormous dinosaur! He goes out into the night and finds a host of other dinosaurs playing in the city square, using the buildings as swings, slides and trampolines.

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About the Author:

Jonathan was born in 1965, the son of a rig fitter and a primary school teacher. He first developed his skills as a writer and illustrator while studying architecture, illustrating poems and lyrics that he had written. After leaving college, he worked as an architect for several years, before pursuing a career in children's books. In addition to writing books such as Bringing Down the Moon, and Ruby Flew Too, he also paper-engineers pop-up books. Curtis Jobling was born in Blackpool in 1972 and grew up in Warrington. He studied illustration at Cleveland College of Art and Design. He worked on Wallace and Gromit and Mars Attacks before becoming the creative director of Bob the Builder. He has now illustrated a number of picture books.

From Publishers Weekly:

This somewhat pedestrian bedtime story from a British team offers little in the way of surprises, but still packs a measure of appeal for dinosaur fans. Hearing a noise one night, Bobby peeks outside and spies "a huge enormous dinosaur!" He puts on his bathrobe and follows the creature downtown, where "DINOSAURS WERE EVERYWHERE!" At first, the dinos seem bent on making Bobby a midnight snack ("Snatch him! Catch him! Munch him! Crunch him! Before he runs and tells on us!"), but when he promises to keep their secret, they let him join in the fun. The revelry continues until there's time for just one last game of hide-and-seek, and a scary one at that ("You can hide, and we will seek you,/ but if we find you, we might eat you!"), but in the end instead of eating Bobby the dinosaurs carry him home to bed. Emmett's uneven blend of prose and rhyme is offset by the exuberance of the cartoony artwork, which should entertain youngsters (some, however, may find the hide-and-seek scenario a tad unsettling, despite the happy ending). Jobling's background as an animator informs the simple lines and large, chunky shapes, unified with a smart use of color; the shade of Bobby's bathrobe, for instance, matches the green scales of the main dinosaur. Ages 3-6.

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