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About the book
  • Published: 2 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143507192
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $16.99

My Grandpa is a Dinosaur


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With sly humour lurking in every illustration, My Grandpa is a Dinosaur is a picture book for all kids who notice things that no one else does.

Wanda has noticed some very unusual things about her grandpa...
His pants need tail holes.
He can eat an entire tree.
His footprints attract palaeontologists.
GRANDPA IS A DINOSAUR.
Wanda knows it, but nobody will believe her! So Wanda decides to ask Grandpa herself.

With sly humour lurking in every illustration, My Grandpa is a Dinosaur is a picture book for all kids who notice things that no one else does.

  • Pub date: 2 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143507192
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $16.99

About the Authors

Richard Fairgray

Richard Fairgray is a NZ writer and illustrator who works on comics, picture books and screenplays. He has been publishing work since he was seven years old, and has more than 200 titles to his name.

A former teacher and stand-up comedian, and a self-confessed workaholic, Richard's deep-seated fear that he may be a fictional character only serves to drive him harder. He insists that if he doesn't get enough done he'll have to come back as a ghost to finish off.

Terry Jones

Welsh-born Terry Jones has written magazine articles, text books, two YA novels and numerous comics as well a slew of unfinished sci-fi and thriller manuscripts. Since retiring early from teaching to write full time, he has produced everything from children's books to screenplays, plus at least one graphic novel a year.

Terry immerses himself in digital media and is never more alive than when critiquing Silver Age Superboy stories or linking Twilight Zone episodes to sure signs of a crumbling society. He lives in Auckland.


Praise for My Grandpa is a Dinosaur

“Not many picture books have the word palaeontologist in the text, and not many will have the multi level appeal of this memorable picture book for everybody...a picture book with the aaah and wow factor. If you don’t get this for your school or your children at home you are mad.”

Bob Docherty, Bob's Book Blog

“This is a fun book that will have children in fits of giggles . . . The illustrations are big, bold, funny and clever with lots of things for little eyes to find and wonder at. Great story for little kids with big imaginations.”

Linda Hall, Wairarapa Times-Age Weekend

“Every page of My Grandpa is a Dinosaur is laugh-out-loud good. The story of Wanda and her strange family — and the grandpa that nobody believes is a dinosaur — is a classic tale of assuming a narrator is unreliable just because they are a child. Readers will root for Wanda as she attempts to get her friends and family on board with her hypothesis, because of course he is a dinosaur! The illustrations are retro-cool, and the final pages are a hilarious triumph.”

The Sapling

“Wanda’s grandpa is a dinosaur, and she seems to be the only one who can see it. The humour of this brilliant story of the power the brain has just to shut out the truth occasionally makes it a favourite for me. There’s an edge to this straight-seeming fairytale that will see it endure.”

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