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Dilly Speaks Up

By (author) Tony Bradman
Illustrated by Susan Hellard
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Egmont UK Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Mammoth
Published: 31st Oct 1990
Dimensions: w 207mm h 268mm
Weight: 269g
ISBN-10: 1853400831
ISBN-13: 9781853400834
Barcode No: 9781853400834

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With the promise of a stop at "The Swamp" (playground) on the way home, suburban dinosaur Doris takes little brother Dilly to "The Shopping Cavern" (mall), where signs ("Marks & Stegosaurus"; "MACDINO") play on dinosaur names and where escalator riders are warned to carry their tails. The interaction is even more contemporary: every time someone speaks to Dilly, Doris butts in to answer for him - until they get home and Dilly gets even by answering Mother's question to her: of course, she'd like to take him out again! Hellard's broad, uninhibited line is just right for turning these unwieldy creatures into comical caricatures - a pink-haired punk, a grouchy old lady, or the talkative schoolgirl and her eager little brother. Predictable, but fun and sure to please. (Kirkus Reviews)