Children who dote on silly, googly-eyed monsters need look no further than this imported tale of a wolf chasing an errant chicken egg.
When one of Mrs. Hen’s eggs rolls out of the nest and down a hole, helpful Wolf Pakkun dives down in pursuit and fetches up facing a huge fossil skull. Yikes! But then: “ ‘Ha, ha, ha!’ a little voice laughed, ‘Welcome to the Land of Dinosaurs!’ ” That’s Ptera, a beaky, comically cross-eyed new friend. Kimura stocks said land with oddly proportioned, loudly colored cartoon beasties loosely based on recognizable prehistoric creatures and placed in alien-looking settings featuring strange plants and clumps of jagged volcanoes. Pakkun searches for the egg over land and under the sea until, at the suggestion of Mrs. Saurapod [sic], he comes at last to a large pile of eggs—all of which hatch into a teeming, diverse swarm of smiling baby dinos plus, for sharper-eyed viewers to spot, one tiny chick. The 1982 original’s transition to this edition has not been smoothly accomplished as, along with uncertain spelling (see above) and switches at odd moments between present tense and past, the text starts up on the title page and runs to a final sentence shoehorned onto the last page with the copyright fine print. But the storyline is too spare to be more than a pretext for a parade of daffy dinosaurs anyway.
A bland tale for diaper-clad dinophiles, mildly spiced with visual pleasures and surprises. (Picture book. 2-4)