Picture Book Review: Tyrone O’Saurus Dreams

Tyrone O'Saurus Dreams by James Howe

Tyrone O’Saurus Dreams
by James HoweRandy Cecil
5 out of 5 stars

Tyrone’s family all have different ideas about what he should be when he grows up, but Tyrone has a secret dream to be a dancer. He meets some dancers at a gym. They are working out to be stronger. Will Tyrone have the courage to join them at a dance class? Will he ever admit to his family that his true dream is not what they had imagined?

What a great story! I love that, although Tyrone is worried that his family will not understand, they are actually very supportive and kind. Tyrone is such a sweet character, and I love his character growth as he finds the inspiration to follow his own dream, instead of letting other people influence him into doing other things.

The story is funny and engaging with such adorable characters. The writing is really excellent!

I loved the cute illustrations. It’s so hilarious to see these massive dinosaurs hanging out with tiny people and just doing ordinary things in a modern world. I like the messy art and big blobs of color. Every scene is clear, but also has an impressionistic style. It really adds to the comedy of the story.

The only illustration I don’t like is the cover illustration. There is something missing in the shadows and outlines around Tyrone’s arms, making it look like his arms are coming straight out of his back, instead of from his sides. The rest of the illustrations don’t do that. I don’t know why the one illustration with a problem like that would be chosen as the cover art.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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