Dinosaurs Don’t Exist
This spectacular picture book plays with ingredients that have a universal appeal: perception, children’s imagination and dinosaurs. Two boys, Tim and Jesse, boldly go in search of a giant dinosaur — but all Jesse finds is big tree trunks, jagged ravines and bushy hills.
Or so he thinks. But Tim knows better, as does the reader, who is able to zoom out and even open up the pages to reveal amazing panoramas. The landscape is actually made up of giant dinosaurs.
Mark Janssen has an eye for both detail and grand scale, incorporating such depth into his pictures that the dinosaurs are very much present while still remaining hidden. This allows the book to prompt some exciting and scary questions: Are we really seeing what we think we’re seeing? Or are we just imagining it?