YOU LOOK YUMMY! by Tatsuya Miyanishi

YOU LOOK YUMMY!

From the "Tyrannosaurus" series
by , illustrated by , translated by
Age Range: 5 - 7
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

A towering T. Rex finds himself serving as an impromptu daddy in this Japanese import.

Primed to snap up a hypercute Ankylosaurus hatchling, the drooling Tyrannosaurus is utterly befuddled by its adoring “Daddy!” and “I wanna be big JUST LIKE YOU.” He’s so thrown that he finds himself defending the tyke from another predator’s attack and even choking down the berries that the little grass-eater eagerly brings him each morning. The Tyrannosaurus looks more like a stylized Godzilla than a recognizable dino in the simply drawn pictures, but his toothy fierceness and the extreme size differential between him and tiny “Yummy” ably capture the episode’s essential features. Bold lines and strong color contrasts (plus the odd exploding volcano) give the prehistoric landscape plenty of visual appeal too. But Miyanishi opts for a trite conclusion to the relationship, as despite its insistence that they will be together forever, no sooner does the Ankylosaurus happen upon a pair of adults of its own kind than it switches allegiance. At least he doesn’t get eaten, as happens in such other predator-prey stories as Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross’ Tadpole’s Promise (2005) or Jeff Mack’s Frog and Fly (2012).

Prehistoric parenting, likely to elicit a chuckle or two despite the blandly conventional ending. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-940842-06-6
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Museyon
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2015




MORE BY TATSUYA MIYANISHI

ChildrenI WANT THAT LOVE by Tatsuya Miyanishi
by Tatsuya Miyanishi
ChildrenYOU ARE MY BEST FRIEND by Tatsuya Miyanishi
by Tatsuya Miyanishi

MORE BY MARIKO SHII GHARBI

ChildrenYOU BELONG TO ME by Mamoru Suzuki
by Mamoru Suzuki
ChildrenGON, THE LITTLE FOX by Nankichi Niimi
by Nankichi Niimi
ChildrenTHE HOMEMADE CAKE CONTEST by Midori Basho
by Midori Basho

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenFROG AND FLY by Jeff Mack
by Jeff Mack
ChildrenTADPOLE’S PROMISE by Jeanne Willis
by Jeanne Willis
ChildrenREX by Simon James
by Simon James