Darcy and the Dinosaurs, book review



Title: Darcy and the Dinosaurs
by: Nicole Madigan
illustrated by: Joe M. Ruiz
Publisher: blOOturtle Publishing

While sneaking a cookie from the jar he hears a strange noise coming from his mother’s vegetable garden. What he discovers takes him on a wild adventure that involves, flying, feeling like a giant and coming face to face with a Tyrannosaurus Rex! Join Darcy as he learns that curiosity can take you places beyond your wildest dreams.

Darcy and the Dinosaurs has all the winning ingredients for an attention capturing book that will have you turning the pages. There’s a boy who can’t sleep, a cookie, a time machine and DINOSAURS!

Author, Nicole Madigan, has created a story that is at the centre of many children’s focused attention, passion, and even obsession at some stage in their lives—the world of dinosaurs. And let’s face it, who isn’t fascinated by those amazing creatures that once roamed the earth?

Darcy is a likeable character who can’t get to sleep. Many parents will to relate to Darcy’s fidgety attempts to grab some slumber. He wriggles and rolls and squirms and turns, but still, sleep escapes him. He even makes shadow puppets on the wall in the hope that sleep would soon come. But it is no use.


So he tiptoes into the kitchen to the cookie jar. There is only one cookie left. He grabs it, then hears an odd sound coming from the garden.

A little frightened but even more curious, Darcy goes to inspect the noise. There, he discovers a large metal box with big metal door and a small round window. It looks like a rocket, only smaller. A little frightened but even more curious, Darcy heads straight for the machine and enters.


When the door opens, he finds himself transported to a different time dimension, and nose to nose with a Brontosaurus! From there his exciting adventure continues…


Illustrator, Joe M Ruiz, has created impressive illustrations that will have reader’s eyes aglow with excitement and anticipation, placing them in a time when the dinosaurs ruled the land.


I can say with confidence that Darcy and the Dinosaurs will become a favourite, with rereading an absolute necessity. It really is a marvellous, magical, time travel story. I wonder how many children will want a teddy just like Darcy’s?

Oh, and I’ve decided that I want to borrow Darcy’s time machine…

Purchase a copy: buy Darcy and the Dinosaurs

Title: Darcy and the Dinosaurs
by: Nicole Madigan
illustrated by: Joe M. Ruiz
Publisher: blOOturtle Publishing
ISBN: 9780995410633
Category: children’s
Pages: 32


Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)

Julieann is a member of:
Queensland Writers Centre
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Share Your Story Australia




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