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Jurassic Grampa: Wiley & Grampa's Creature Features    by Kirk Scroggs order for
Jurassic Grampa
by Kirk Scroggs
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Little, Brown & Co., 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Jurassic Grampa is the tenth entry in Kirk Scroggs' hilarious and zany Wiley & Grampa's Creature Features. It begins with Wiley and his friend Jubal 'riding through the Saddlesore Mountains' with Grampa, Grandma and, of course, Merle the cat (who always shares these absurd adventures.

After they enter an old 'dark, dank, dangerous and drippy' mine called Nostril Caverns, Grampa tugs on a protruding brontosaurus leg bone, resulting in their being trapped in the cave, running (shades of Indiana Jones) from 'a giant, petrified dinosaur egg'. Then they encounter the villains of the piece, Hans and Jurgen Lotion, who steal the egg - or was it 'petrified dino dooky'?

They return home, bringing along Lupe the lizard, who - after ingesting Nature's Nuggets - transforms into a T.rex with 'serious anger-management issues!' And the supersizing doesn't stop with a lizard - soon Wiley and Grampa are confronted by mastodons, a megalodon, pterodactyls, and a saber-toothed house cat. As Grampa says, 'it's been that kind of day'.

After the family receives a little help from four-year-old Snot-Nosed Punks, Wiley figures out what is morphing the town's 'prized pets into primal predators' and Grampa into Neandernumbskull. Working together as always, they nearly end up as 'a five-course dino dinner' but ultimately save the day. Jurassic Grampa is supersized primeval fun.

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