Toby and the Ice Giants – Joe Lillington

23282111Toby and the Ice Giants by Joe Lillington

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publishers Group Canada
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Animals, Ice Age, Educational


Join Toby the Bison in this fact-filled adventure as he explores the Ice Age Tundra and meets some of the giants that roamed its icy surface. Ten-thousand years ago, the Earth was in the grips of what Paleontologists call the Last Glacial Period, but what you and I have come to know as the Ice Age…


This was just okay.

I should have realized that when a description mentions ‘‘facts,’’ it’s going to be more educational than desired.

I really do love picture books, but educational ones bore me, as I have passed that age where I was interested in learning about numbers, and letters, and colours, and even extinct animals.

But it doesn’t mean that I didn’t appreciate this book. Toby is a bison who is a bit underwhelmed in his troop, so he decides to explore the Tundra and meet new species—and new species he does meet!

The Ice Age period is a fascinating one. Every time I think about it, though, it makes me sad, because I think—just like you do, too—that we will never get the animals we lost years and years ago back.

I guess it affects me more now that I’m an adult, as extinction was not something that I used to think about when I was a kid. So perhaps it is good that this book was published, as I believe children will realize that not everything lasts—however, we can do something to help preserve the species that are still alive today.

Not bad. I’m not the right audience though.


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