Monday, March 29, 2010

Dinotrux by Chris Gall

“Millions of Years Ago
Prehistoric Trucks roamed the earth.
They were Huge.
They were Hungry.
But they weren’t helpful like they are today.
They rumbled, roared, and chomped.
And they did Not get along well with others
They were called….DINOTRUX!”

In the world of children’s literature, what do kids love more than Dinosaurs and Trucks? Chris Gall, author/illustrator of Dear Fish and There’s Nothing to Do on Mars, decided to combine these two genres and create the amusingly creative Dinotrux. The storyline is pretty simple; the trucks that we see today are descendants of monstrous dinotrux, which roamed the Earth millions of years ago. But unlike the trucks today, which are helpful, dinotrux were destructive and quite ferocious. For a child’s imagination, the stretch between trucks and dinosaurs is not that far-fetched. And as the author writes, your child will never look at Dad’s rusty old pickup truck the same again!

With names like Garbageadon and Digasaurus, this 32-page picture will soon become a popular favorite among children’s book. Gall’s industrial illustrations are what really make the story though. His dinotrux possess characteristics of dinosaurs, while still looking like trucks. Dinotrux, which is recommended for ages 4 to 8, is a great pick for children who are fascinated dinosaurs, especially boys. DreamWorks Animation, the same company that created Shrek and the newly released How to Train Your Dragon, obtained the rights to Dinotrux to create 3D-animated movie, which will definitely skyrocket the popularity of Dinotrux. The publisher even created a YouTube trailer for the book - Dinotrux Trailer!

~Miss Judith~

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