The pint-sized prehistoric hero!
Alan Durant is the author of several picture books including the phenomenally best-selling 'Dear Tooth Fairy' for Walker Books and the fiction series 'Spider McDrew' for HarperCollins. He is a tireless schools visitor, and runs successful writers' workshops for children at all the major festivals. Alan lives with his wife and three children in New Malden, Surrey.
PreS-Gr 1-Constantly teased for being "teeny tiny" and "teensy-weensy," Tiny is excluded from all of the other dinosaurs' games. He feels sorry for himself, until he is befriended by a small bird named Archie. When the two discover Tyro the Tyrannosaurus rex trapped on shaky ground, it is Tiny who is able to rescue him. All of the dinosaurs now want to be his friend, the teasing ceases, and his Mom declares: "You may be small...but you've got a big heart." Playful pastel illustrations depict expressive, fun-loving dinosaurs in a fanciful prehistoric setting, but there is nothing unusual or original in this predictable plot. It's a shame that Tiny has to prove his courage and usefulness before the other dinosaurs will accept him. And, it isn't until they want to become friends with him that Tiny comes to accept himself. Nonetheless, children will relate to the familiar message, especially if they have ever felt left out.-Rachel Kamin, Des Plaines Public Library, IL Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Alan Durant's picture books: Dear Tooth Fairy: "This book is fabulous. Children will be fascinated." BBC Parenting Big Bad Bunny: "Had all my testers whooping with laughter! Big Bad Bunny is the best bad guy ever." The Guardian. Angus Rides the Goods Train: "Moving and resonant." The Mail on Sunday Mouse Party: "Readers will want to rave on with this one until they drop." The Observer Always and Forever: "A wonderful and moving story! The illustrations are fantastic." BBC Parenting