Welcome one and all to a tag-team review for a stand-out picture book that will have you tearing up as your little ones beg for a second reading. We received You Look Yummy by Tatsuya Miyanishi from the publisher via Netgalley, after requesting it on the strength of its inviting cover design. As always, when Shouty Doris is involved, some mild spoilers may be interjected.
Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
This sweet tale about the love between father and son is the first in a tremendously popular Tyrannosaurus series in 12 titles to date, with combined sales in excess of 3 million copies in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and France.
A long, long time ago, a baby Ankylosaurus is born on a volcano erupting ground. As the little Ankylosaurus begins wandering around, a big Tyrannosaurus comes along. He is about to pounce when the baby cries out, “Daddy!” and grabs onto his leg. The baby thinks the Tyrannosaurus is his father, so as not to disappoint the little one, he takes on the task of raising a baby Ankylosaur. The two develop ever stronger bonds of love, but soon comes the day when they must part. Highlighting the importance of family, this sweet picture book celebrates the love between father and son.
See that cheeky, quirky cover? See that big, scary, Godzilla-like T-Rex? Now see that teeny little pink spiky blob behind him? That’s the sweet little Ankylosaur and his giant, T-Rex adoptive daddy. Aren’t they adorable? I couldn’t go past the utter cuteness of the little Ankylosaur and his hero-worship of his big strong protector, exacerbated by the eyeball-pleasing illustrative style.
I didn’t think gargoyles had hormones, but you’ve obviously had some bizarre hormonal spurt because I can’t believe you’re getting all doe-eyed and gushy over a samey-samey, “Are you my mummy?” story that we’ve seen so many times you could write it in your sleep.
Oh Doris! How could you say such a thing? I agree that this is a fairly typical lost child story, but it is undeniably sweet and funny. The scene of the T-Rex learning to appreciate little red berries as an alternative to meat was heart-warming and reflects every parent’s desire to support their children in their investigative exploits.
Ridiculous. The T-Rex should have eaten the Ankylosaur as soon as look at him. And what was he thinking, letting the baby go wandering off into the forest? If he’s going to masquerade as the kid’s father, he should at least have made sure the kid didn’t go wandering off into the forest to be eaten by any number of other predators!
Contradicting yourself there, Doris. There’s more text per page than I would have expected for a book aimed at this age group, but it is perfectly primed for read-aloud and the comic-style illustrations and format are incredibly engaging to look at. I absolutely melted at the twist at the end of the story, too. It was a fantastic way to finish a funny, memorable book.
Twist, schmist! That was always going to happen. I don’t see how a child-stealing monster returning a baby to its rightful parents is in any way “heartwarming”. If the book was in any way realistic that T-Rex would have been locked up for kidnap!
I think you’re losing it now Doris. Perhaps its time for your lie down.
Exactly. Don’t forget to bring me a nice warm Milo in a timely fashion. By the time you brought it up last time it was tepid and stodgy.
I’ll get right on it. Really, I can certainly see why these characters have been such a success in other language editions and I will happily seek out the other books in this series if and when they become available. Do yourself a favour and pick up this adorable and eye-catching little treat – you can say it’s for the mini-fleshlings, but we’ll know the truth between us!
Until next time,