You Look Yummy. ( Ages 2 to 5)
By : Tatsuya Miyanishi
Publisher : Museyon ( Nov.2015)
The much loved favorite first book in a series of twelve books, with a ground breaking sales record of 3 million copies in Eastern Asia and France, is now available in English.
Volcanoes erupt, earthquakes shake the earth and a little Ankylosaurus is born. But sadly he`s an orphan.``In this big big world he was alone...The baby cried,because he felt lonely.`` His cries are not answered until a giant hungry Tyrannosaurus answers him, ``Heh heh heh .... you look yummy!`` ``Daddy! I was really lonely. I was scared.`` calls the tiny little thing cuddling to the giant Tyrannosaurus`s leg assuming that he is his father. And the giant Tyrannosaurus is stunned.
This is a heart wrenching tale about childhood innocence,their desperate need of parental protection and love. And also about the wonderful relationship between a child and a parent.
As the warm hearted Tyrannosaurus decides to be the little one`s daddy who calls himself Yummy, he saves Yummy from other predators. He also takes the task of teaching him everything he knows. Little Yummy gets to experience a bit of the warmth of a family. He admires his daddy and wants to be like him; Miyanishi has cleverly captured the thoughts of any little boy in this context and delivers it well. .
Days pass through, and when it`s time for the big Tyrannosaurus to leave, Yummy refuses to let go, ``I wanna be like you Daddy! I`ll never leave you.`` So he challenges the little one for a race. Running as fast as possible, Yummy reaches the finishing point first, where a wonderful surprise awaits! A happy ending on which, us readers and little listeners can fall asleep on.
Brilliant artwork, done in brash though deep colours, immediately captures the attention while the black outlines ensure the clarity of the images. Prehistoric settings are portrayed through volcanoes, giant rocks and earthquakes, in an almost deserted land. Beautiful starry nights and the absolute contrast in the sizes of big and the small animals seem to enhance the attractiveness of the book. The narration, with sound symbolic words(Grrrr..,Roar!!!) and very strong phrases, as well as the illustrations, are very much simple and provides only the essential amount of details; altogether ensuring the undivided attention of young readers to the story. A memorable tale about the importance of a family to a child`s life.
( With many thanks to Museyon and NetGalley for the ARC in return for an honest review)