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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In A Visit From A Dinosaur by Liam Murphy, we are introduced to a lonely boy named Aiden. Not having any friends, the boy wished that he had someone he could play with. After finding a strange stuffed dinosaur toy, Aiden decides to bring it in. The next thing he knows is the dinosaur comes to life right before his eyes. The little boy believed that magic was what brought the nameless dinosaur because someone somewhere seemed to know that Aiden just needed a friend to play with that day. After a fun-filled day doing different activities with his new dinosaur friend, Aiden is finally happy and ends his day in a great mood. The next morning the dinosaur is gone, and he meets the next-door neighbors who will soon become his friends. Meanwhile, the dinosaur has already found another lonely child to help.
I thought A Visit From A Dinosaur was an adorable and accurate read. I think a lot of kids can relate to the feeling of being lonely and without anyone to play with, especially in this pandemic where we are isolated and being told to stay away from one another. Aiden’s character will really reach the younger audience with many knowing all too well how it feels. On top of the great storyline, the illustrations are beautifully done and fit perfectly with the plot. They are so bright and vibrant they will capture young readers’ attention. Liam Murphy has done a wonderful job with this story and I’ll be sure to look out for more of his work.