Title: The Secret Dinosaur: Jurassic Adventure (The Dinotek Adventures, Book #3) | Author & Illustrator: N.S. Blackman | Publication Date: March 19, 2014 | Publisher: Dinosaur Books Ltd. | Pages: 96 | Recommended Ages: 6+ | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)
Summary: * An exciting adventure story with page-turning action and beautiful illustrations in colour, specially designed for Kindles/tablets. *
Also, be sure to check out the first and second book in the Secret Dinosaur series.
My Thoughts: Welcome to the latest offering in the Dinotek Adventures, an early chapter book series authored and illustrated by N.S. Blackman. The Dinotek Adventures centre around the discovery by our main protagonist, young Marlin Maxton, of some special robotic dinosaurs who have amazing life-like abilities and who form a strong bond with our young hero. From the moment the Dinoteks are brought to life, the villainous museum curator, Oliver Grubbler and the greedy businessman Howard H. Snickenbacker are determined to capture the dinosaurs for their own benefit. However, in Book 3, Jurassic Adventure, they have an even more heinous plan, to force the dinosaurs to engage in a battle to the death with some very mean machines.
Just when the Dinoteks believed they could contentedly live out their years waiting on Jurassic Mountain for their creator, the Professor, to reappear, they are once again hunted down by Grubbler and Snickenbacker. Only through the valiant efforts of Marlin, Dacky, Protos, Flame, and the other Dinoteks will they all survive. And, just as the situation is at its grimmest, the Professor resurfaces and to everyone’s surprise, his identity is finally revealed. But will it be too late to save the Dinoteks from their date with disaster?
As with the previous Dinotek Adventures books, author N.S. Blackman keeps the plot moving with a fast pace, plenty of action, a stellar collection of characters, and an underlying mystery to solve regarding the identity of the man who brought the Dinoteks to life. These books are a perfect fit for newly independent or reluctant readers as there is no lull in the action and the language and writing is suited for a young audience. Now that I’ve read all three books, I feel invested in the characters and what happens to them. Of course, our favorite Dinotek is still Flame, the brave and loyal T-Rex, (for the obvious reason that we have a cat named Flame). But, Protos is like an old and dependable friend who would put his life on the line for the ones he loves. I just love him as the leader of the Dinoteks.
I read each of the three books in the Dinotek series to my children and they absolutely loved all three. While I did raise issues with perspective changes in Book 2, I felt this one had less changes in perspective and the way they were done worked much better in a reading out loud situation. All in all, I would say that given the topic, the unique characters, and the fast pace of the story, this book series is ideal for reading aloud and children of varied ages (6 to 12) and either gender will definitely enjoy the series.
* This book was provided to me by the author free-of-charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. The author is participating in our Book Promotion services. *
More Buzz About the Book Series
Book 1: “It is beautifully written and illustrated. It interweaves magic, engineering and a touch of Back to the Future. The author has a vivid imagination and is a true storyteller. The book is action packed. You feel for the main character and experience his emotions. If you love dinosaurs, you will be in heaven. A lovely book which I shall recommend to all my friends. .” ~ 5 Star Review, Moirrey, Amazon
Book 2: “Just as good as book one, builds to an exciting climax and has a brilliant surprise at the end. My two girls (6 and 9) love this series so far and it reads out loud well so makes a nice bedtime story” ~ 5 Star Review, Dino Dad, Amazon
Book 3: “What I like about this book in the series is it teaches you to adapt to your surroundings and to use the barter system to survive. Remember the golden rules!” ~ 5 Star Review, Julie B., Amazon
About the Author: N.S. Blackman
N.S. Blackman is a British author and illustrator of children’s books. He’s based in London and has two children, a boy and a girl. Inspiration for the Dinotek characters struck when his children asked him to tell them a story during a long walk on holiday, though he has been writing and drawing since childhood. At the time his son was dinosaur-mad and the family had enjoyed many, many visits to London’s Natural History Museum as well as other dinosaur exhibitions, so the story idea flowed naturally from there.
Nigel is big fan of Dr Who and science fiction in general. He also has a fondness for old machines – which is very obvious in The Secret Dinosaur! As an illustrator, he loves sketching and drawing and has always enjoyed comic books and graphic novels – Tintin has been a particular favourite since childhood and his son’s enjoyment of comic books keeps him up-to-date. Although The Secret Dinosaur is a chapter book, the pictures are integral to the story and he loves creating the look of the characters. Nigel loves reading his books aloud to children (and any adults who will listen) and his visits to local schools include a reading, answering dinosaur questions and tips for the children on how to create their own stories and characters. This year, he will publish more Dinotek stories and an entirely new series too.