Review also includes: Mega Mash-Up: Romans v Dinosaurs on Mars, 978-0857630018
The innovative ‘Mega Mash-Up’ series of books engage the reader actively in the process of storytelling. In both books, clearly demarcated groups of characters belonging to rival factions attempt to outdo each other. In Robots v Gorillas, two nations trading in bananas and oil respectively settle a spat through a race in the Desert of Doom. In Romans v Dinosaurs, ancient Romans and dinosaurs have a bigger problem than resolving their differences when an asteroid hurtles towards their planet, Mars.
Each book offers just enough madcap storyline and graphics to hook the reader. Every spread has plenty of blank spaces, prompts and instructions for the reader to fill in the plot, add dialogue and create new illustrations. Attractively produced, the books should appeal to readers reluctant to read a full story but eager to use their imagination and participate in the storytelling.