I’m always on the lookout for great series for young readers who are just starting chapter books. Sally Rippin’s Billie B Brown and Hey Jack series and James Roy’s Chook Doolan series are always flying off the shelf. I was really excited to hear that Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley were releasing some new adventures of Arg, the brainy caveboy from their Dinosaur Rescue series, but aimed at beginner readers. The Great Egg Stink, the first book in their new Dinosaur Trouble series is out now and it is a whole lot of disgusting fun!
Arg is bored waiting for his mum to bring home some food. When his mum returns with armfuls of eggs Arg discovers that one of the eggs might hold something he doesn’t want to eat. Things are about to go from boring to exciting and a bit dangerous, especially if Arg’s sister Hng finds his egg.
The Great Egg Stink is a great intro to the wacky prehistoric world of Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley. It’s the perfect chapter book for beginner readers, with a simple but entertaining text and heaps of Donovan’s wonderful illustrations. Like their Dinosaur Rescue series, this new series is full of disgusting details that boys will love and plenty of laughs. There are farts, vomit and (my favourite part) an exploding mastadon.
The thing I love the most about the books that Kyle and Donovan create together are the puns. They don’t disappoint, starting with puns about the ‘web’ and Arg’s ‘tablet.’ They don’t dumb anything down for these younger readers, which makes this series a perfect one to hook kids on reading.
We need more of these clever, engaging early chapter books for young readers so I hope that we see more series like Dinosaur Trouble. I can’t wait to promote Dinosaur Trouble to the young readers at my school.