Tinysaurus wants to be big, just like his Daddysaurus. He can’t do half the things that his Bigsissysaurus can do and life seems unfair. He can’t even look after his Mum’s eggs on his own. But it is Tinysaurus that saves the day when Nastysaurus tries to eat Mummy’s eggs. By the end, Tinysaurus is a hero. More importantly, he’s a Bigbrosaurus as the eggs have hatched.
Jan Fearnley uses watercolour adeptly to bring the primeval landscape to life and expressive, lively line for the dinosaurs whose different colours reflect their gender. Overall the delightfully playful variants of the word brontosaurus and the amusing illustrations make for an entertaining story that also captures the anxieties of being the smallest. Children, like Tinysaurus, often long to be bigger, more grown up and have more responsibility.