Blog tour: ‘A Dinosaur Ate My Sister,’ by Pooja Puri, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan.

I am forever bemoaning the lack of choice when it comes to dinosaur books for readers looking for a meatier read than a picture book. Well I’m moaning no more as the totally awesome ‘A Dinosaur Ate My Sister’ has stomped onto the scene for all your dino-needs! It’s so good, that it is the first book selected for the Marcus Rashford Book Club!

Before you start reading, there are a few things you should know:
1. I, Esha Verma, am a genius inventor extraordinaire.
2. There is nothing I cannot invent. This includes words.
3. I did not mean to send my sister back to the Age of the Dinosaurs. That was HER OWN FAULT (Mum and Dad, if you’re reading this, please take note).

Esha Verma, her snotty apprentice Broccoli and his cunning pet tortoise have a dream. They are going to win the legendary Brain Trophy – the ultimate inventing prize. This year’s entry: A TIME MACHINE.

But the day before the competition, Esha’s IGNORAMUS big sister hijacks the time machine and is lost in the Cretaceous age. 

With help from a new recruit for The Office of Time, Esha and Broccoli will have to face hungry dinosaurs, mysterious black holes and malfunctioning inventions to get them back in time.

Told in the style of a journal, we’re introduced to the crazy gadget-filled life of Esha and her apprentice, Broccoli, through a series of lists, doodles, and diagrams. From beginning to end, readers are completely immersed in this time-travelling adventure – travelling alongside Esha as she dodges dinosaurs and insects the size of a cat!

Any book which covers topics as diverse as time-travel, butterfly ripples, and stonking great dinosaurs gets a great big thumbs-up from me (and Book Boy Jr. who has had his eye on this book ever since it arrived!) I guarantee that this title will fly off your bookshelf quicker than Broccoli leaping from the path of a Berthasaurus’s spit ball!

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour*

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