In cartoon format, this book has the fast-moving pace that often draws in even the less confident young reader. It is a story, rather like a fable, about a small, thin creature winning against bigger, fiercer, bullying animals. Success, and even survival, depends on knowing your own strengths and the weaknesses of seemingly superior animals.
Does the book also tell young readers something about plants and creatures in prehistoric times? An adult could help young readers and listeners identify, perhaps with the help of a reference book, the many dinosaurs pictured. The prehistoric landscapes and seascapes shown on every page provide an imaginative reconstruction of what evidence tells us and are full of energy, movement and colour. So this book captures the spirit of prehistoric times when a creature had to be resourceful to avoid a brutal injury or death.