Monday, June 24, 2019

Review - Caillou: The Dinosaur Museum

Caillou: The Dinosaur Museum
adapted by Anne Paradis
illustrated by Mario Allard
Date: 2019
Publisher: Chouette Publishing
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 68
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

Caillou know what to do when he gets lost

Caillou and his family go to the natural history museum to look at the dinosaurs. Caillou really enjoys looking at the skeletons and learning about the different kinds of dinosaurs.

When he loses sight of the others, he knows to stay put until Mommy comes back to find him. And when he realizes he forgot Rexy somewhere, Caillou learns about the lost and found, and retraces his steps until he finds his dinosaur friend.

(synopsis from NetGalley; see it on Goodreads)

This TV-show tie-in isn't terrible, but it isn't great, either. There are a number of technical issues with the writing (verb tense switches, misplaced punctuation, etc.) and the whole narrative seems rather stilted.

The story is fairly simple: Caillou visits the museum with his family. While he's daydreaming, he loses track of his family. So he stays put until his parents find him.

The message of staying put when you're lost in a public place is fine, but it's not very much to hang a whole book on. This story is probably only going to be suitable for the youngest of readers (who are, presumably, the audience for the TV show as well).

The illustrations are bright and garish, just like the TV show. Their appeal is likely to be limited to little kids.

Overall, this isn't awful, but I wish the editing/proofreading had been a little cleaner. It's such a short book, so having that many errors makes it seem like it was rushed to publication.

Thank you to NetGalley and Chouette Publishing for providing a digital ARC.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 2/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 2/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.33 out of 5

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