Picassaur, a little dinosaur, can't stop drawing. He finds new drawing materials everywhere he goes, using them to create wonderful pictures. However, his mother, his father and the other dinosaurs are not impressed by his efforts. They remind him that dinosaurs gnash, bash, stamp, stomp... they do not ever draw. But when a terrifying T-Rex appears, they all come to appreciate the power of pictures!
When I met up with Steven Lenton at the Oxford Literary Festival, he was kind enough to give me a copy of his new picture book with Elli Woollard. Having loved 'The Great Gran Plan' which went down really well at our teachers' book group and is being enjoyed in classrooms, I was delighted to get my hands on it! 'Dinosaurs Don't Draw' does not disappoint and is another hit from this team.
The story is a lovely one- be yourself, enjoy what you enjoy and don't be put off by others! The focus on art and its importance is a fantastic message to spread at a time when art can easily be squeezed or seen as less important than other subjects.
The rhyming text offers plenty of chances for joining in and is great for reading aloud. Rich and engaging vocabulary choices offer much to discuss and enjoy- Picassaur's name, for example!
Each page bursts with colourful illustrations, full of fun and little details to explore. A book about enjoying art deserves nothing less than the engaging, vibrant pictures contained in these pages. The little pink lizard-like dinosaur ( we have called him Rodney!) is just delightful- so much personality comes through each of his expressions!
'Dinosaurs Don't Draw' is a fantastic story, full of fabulous illustrations!
Dinosaurs Don't Draw by Elli Woollard, illustrated by Steven Lenton
Macmillan ISBN: 978-1447254836