Here Comes Destructosaurus! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
Destructosaurus enters town tipping buildings over as he rushes in. His feet are filthy from seaweed and fish. He is angry and shoots flames from his mouth, doesn’t he know he needs to burp quietly and keep his mouth closed? Destructosaurus gets grumpier and starts to show attitude, throwing buildings around and generally throwing a temper tantrum too. But then he finds what he was looking for the whole time and settles down, but he won’t stay to help clean up the mess. Maybe someone else will?
Told in an adult voice scolding Destructosaurus for his lack of manners and his tantrum, this picture book is a blast to share aloud. Children will immediately recognize the tone of the voice and will delight in it being focused on a rampaging monster. The humor here is wonderfully broad and right in your face. It will appeal to toddlers who have their own tantrums and older children who will enjoy the play of monster movie and parent.
Tankard’s illustrations are bight colored and loud. They zing with energy as the monster enters the city and destroys it. The monster is done in thick strokes that set him apart from the landscape, allowing him to pop and seem even larger than the surrounding buildings.
A zany and fun look at tantrums, this book will be appreciated by parents and children alike. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from copy received from Chronicle Books.