Friday, 28 February 2014


...anyone? This Friday's bowl of OATS is filled with beautifully sketched creatures that go "ROAR" and a gentle reminder of how unique and magical a grandpa-granddaughter relationship can be. 'Lollipop and Grandpa's Dinosaur Hunt' is illustrated by Cate James, written by Penelope Harper and published by Phoenix Yard Books

“Nonsense!” says Grandpa. “Dinosaurs are not extinct. They’re just very good at hiding.” This is the story of Lollipop, an inquisitive little girl, and her mischievous grandpa who go hunting for dinosaurs on their family holiday to a Jurassic coast. It truly is wonderfully charming. However, it is the little  details that made me happily store it on my bookshelf: grandpa's spotty purple socks, the typewriter style typeface (I'm a fan, as you can probably tell by my blog) and the names of the dinosaurs (Digger-dosus, Stair-go-saurus, Try-see-the tops and Pylon-a-saurus Rex).

So I suggest, dear fellows, chums and pals, if you need a little light hearted fun this Friday eve, step into grandpa's socks and sandals, slip on a woollen balaclava and go on a fun-filled adventure with two friendly characters.
Before I dash, this story really reminds me of 'The Heart and The Bottle' by Oliver Jeffers...from here on you'll start to notice my love of Oliver Jeffers style books. It also centres on the theme of how lovely a grandpa-granddaughter relationship can really be...but that is a story for another day...

'The Heart and the Bottle' by Oliver Jeffers