IMG_0089Creature Feature: Dinotopia

 . . . Also doubling as a look into my book collection!

I said it, and now it’s happened. The second instalment of Creature Feature, and the first look into my book collection (for real this time). Before I continue I’d just like to mention that my book collection is not big. It’s just big enough. With that being said, I’d like to introduce you to the talent known as James Gurney


The book I have here is titled Dinotopia: The World Beneath, for the sake of clarity. I know that Dinotopia is somewhat of a franchise, or was. I tried reading one of the books once, and it was just too boring. To be honest, James Gurney is the best thing about Dinotopia to me. It’s safe to say that he’ll reign supreme in that.

My dad just randomly bought me this book one day when we were out in the mall (from Coles, if that little tidbit interests you); I was around seven or six at the time, too young to know or care about good things. I’m not sure if he kept it at his house, but I’m so glad that I didn’t wreck it. Shocked? Don’t be. I was a pretty bad kid back then, which is a story for another time.

IMG_0091I would have to say that this book spurred my obsession with becoming a great artist, and taught me to admire good things. To this day I still leaf through the pages to just stare at the wonderful work. Sometimes it makes me sad to know that not everyone considers an amazingly illustrated book fit for both adults and children. To that I say: humanity! 

What do you think? If you’d like to take a journey with Gurney, I highly recommend it! And if you can tell me whether or not the TV mini-series based off of Dinotopia is actually good, I may just love you forever. If it’s so bad it’s good, I’ll still love you regardless.


This blast into the not-so-distant past has been brought to you by Penny Cobb. A big thanks goes out to James Gurney, just for being awesome!
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