This is the kind of book kids will read in one sitting and feel all the better for it. All the girls want to get to know the narrator Dorian, but he just doesn’t get it. As he geekily studies dinosaurs and high-mindedly pokes about in his excavations in his back garden his contemporaries are hurling themselves into the mating game. To add to his insecurities his younger sister, The Microbe, ceaselessly reminds him of his failings as a member of the human race.
There is comedy, irony and witty repartee here aplenty. It is well worth recommending alongside the rest of this author’s popular titles. Karen Donnelly’s illustrations contribute greatly to the overall fun.