Saturday 7 July 2012

189. Harry and the Dinosaurs:Flying Save! by Ian Whybrow

Harry and the Dinosaurs:Flying Save! by Ian Whybrow
Published June 2012 Koala Books

From the publisher:
Sheep near Harry's village are at risk from dangerous dogs, so he and his friends decide to investigate. But it might take a FLYING friend to save the day!

Most of the readers of this blog would be familiar with Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs.  There have been numerous picture books based on these characters and even a television show.  Now we have little novels featuring Harry, who thinks he is too old for his bucketful of dinosaurs, but the dinosaurs don’t agree.  Harry is now the proud owner of a key-ring with plastic dinosaur cards.  These days, if he finds himself in need of dinosaurs, he simply rubs the cards, and hey presto...dinosaur back up!

Harry has been left in charge of the very hard to handle Frederick, he is only three and a half years old, but he sure knows how to cause trouble!  Harry and his fiends try everything to keep Frederick entertained from skateboarding to water balloons, but the only thing that makes him happy is the scruffy stray they find, who they nickname Shaky.  When Shaky runs off, Harry knows he has to find him or Frederick will become impossible!  What Harry finds is a big surprise, Shaky's owner has been in an accident, and the only way Harry can help him is by calling on one of his ‘special ‘ friends.

This is a great little book, full of humour, suspense and action.  The only thing I find a bit odd is that the jump from the picture books to this is quite a big one.  While there are still a few black and white illustrations in this book, there is quite a lot of text, so it’s not a beginner novel.  In saying that, I don’t think readers need to be fans of the picture books to like his series, I don’t even think you have to be a huge dinosaur fan.  The dinosaurs in the story are an ‘extra’ and apart from being of great assistance, the story does not revolve around them.

Who will like this book: Boys age 7+
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