Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyThis somewhat pedestrian bedtime story from a British team offers little in the way of surprises, but still packs a measure of appeal for dinosaur fans. Hearing a noise one night, Bobby peeks outside and spies "a huge enormous dinosaur!" He puts on his bathrobe and follows the creature downtown, where "DINOSAURS WERE EVERYWHERE!" At first, the dinos seem bent on making Bobby a midnight snack ("Snatch him! Catch him! Munch him! Crunch him! Before he runs and tells on us!"), but when he promises to keep their secret, they let him join in the fun. The revelry continues until there's time for just one last game of hide-and-seek, and a scary one at that ("You can hide, and we will seek you,/ but if we find you, we might eat you!"), but in the end instead of eating Bobby the dinosaurs carry him home to bed. Emmett's uneven blend of prose and rhyme is offset by the exuberance of the cartoony artwork, which should entertain youngsters (some, however, may find the hide-and-seek scenario a tad unsettling, despite the happy ending). Jobling's background as an animator informs the simple lines and large, chunky shapes, unified with a smart use of color; the shade of Bobby's bathrobe, for instance, matches the green scales of the main dinosaur. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's LiteratureBobby woke up one night to some strange noise. He looked outside and saw a very large dinosaur. Not the least bit frightened, he put on his robe, but no slippers, and set out to follow the big beast. When he reached the city square, there were dinosaurs everywhere in a great variety of colors and sizes. They spotted poor Bobby and were all set to make a quick snack of him until he agreed not to reveal their existence. Instead he spent the night in a wild romp around the city-playing on rooftops, splashing in fountains and playing with the trains. The final game was hide-and-seek, with the threat that poor Bobby might get eaten if he was caught. He and his pet cat, who had also been a part of this adventure, hid in a barrel and one of his big green monster friends took him home and tucked him in. Had it all been some fabulous dream? The big footprints outside seem to imply that this midnight adventure may have been real. The illustrations are rendered in a cartoon style, which might allay some of the fears of ferocious, boy-eating dinosaurs. 2003 (orig. 2001), Golden Books, Ages 3 to 7.
Kirkus ReviewsSpotting a passing dinosaur from his bedroom window one night, young Bobby follows it to a square surrounded by tall, dark office buildings where a host of dinos has gathered for a wild rumpus. Jobling, creative director of PBS's "Bob the Builder," creates big, blocky cartoons featuring simplified but recognizable dinosaurs, each a single, bright color, sporting with a pajama-clad lad until he drifts off and is tenderly borne back to bed. Emmett (Bringing Down the Moon, 2001, etc.) himself drifts between prose and verse in telling the tale, which makes for abrupt, awkward changes in rhythm. He cites Where the Wild Things Are as his inspiration, but when it comes to emotional or psychological depth, he misses the boat there too. (Picture book. 5-7)
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