Found this wonderful little story through our library summer reading program. Books like this make me so glad my twins are still little enough to love...moreFound this wonderful little story through our library summer reading program. Books like this make me so glad my twins are still little enough to love picture books. Then again, I'm a forty-something and I STILL LOVE picture books.
This book reminded me a little of the Giving Tree, but the ending has a sweet little story twist. (view spoiler)[After Jack explains to the princess what happened to the cake he planned to give her, she proclaims that his real gift was his story - his adventure of trying to bring the cake all the way unharmed to the castle. A gift of a story!!! (hide spoiler)]. Makes this story lover all kinds of happy. Not to mention the gypsy, the dancing bear, the troll, and tricksy guard, and the scary forest. ["br"]>["br"]>(less)
My kids adored this book - we read it together. I loved the concept of a land outside of time and the steampunk elements mixed in with intelligent din...moreMy kids adored this book - we read it together. I loved the concept of a land outside of time and the steampunk elements mixed in with intelligent dinosaurs that are willing to partner with humans in many endeavors.
However I couldn't help wishing that this book had been developed more, with a stronger plot and some sort of antagonist! There are no bad guys in this book - not even the Tyrannosaurus Rexes. Early on one of the characters hinted at being an antagonist, but then he never showed up again.
What this book ended up being was exactly what it was intended to be: an illustrated journal of a fantasy world. I just wished it had been more. However, it left some fascinating threads - such as why the dinosaurs won't go into the World Beneath - which I suspect will be given more detail (and maybe more plot) in the subsequent books.
The dinosaurs' perception of time - so cool!!! some people perceive time as linear, some perceive it as circular. Dinos perceive it as both - what shape is that? Helical - love it! And their language and writing... so perfectly dinosaurian.
I also loved how one type of dinosaur has taken on the role of nanny for young humans.