Love: The Dinosaur by Frédéric Brrémaud ~Goodreads~
Published by Magnetic Press 2017
Hardcover 80 pages ~Book Depository~
I was sent this graphic novel from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.
Life in the primordial swamps of prehistoric Earth was a daily trial of survival, especially for the smaller dinosaurs just trying to get by without being trampled, attacked, or eaten. Not even the biggest beasts were safe, as there always seemed to be an even bigger threat looming on the horizon. This exciting tale, written by Frederic Brremaud, is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci. A beautiful, powerful tale of survival in the animal kingdom that explores the all-too-identifiable, universal concepts of Life, Courage, Aging, and ultimately Love.
The fourth volume in the lavishly illustrated series of wildlife graphic novels, each following a single central animal through an adventurous day in their natural environment. Each tale depicts genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling, like a nature documentary in illustration.
So this is the fourth installment of Brrémaud’s “love”series, and I have been enjoying them all very much. Like all of the previous volumes, it is a wordless graphic novel that shows the realistic goings on of a single species, with other creatures as the predator, the prey, or bystander. There’s no holding back with any of the volumes in how animals behave, and it certainly wasn’t for this Dinosaur volume. Constant battles for food and land, showing other species who is more powerful. The artwork continues to be fantastic, and it took me longer to complete this book because I was mesmerised at how striking the artwork is. I’ve never really been a huge fan of dinosaurs, but this was something different. I felt it was a bit of a step away from the previous volumes though, showing species that don’t exist anymore and at a guess of how they behaved without previous first hand knowledge, its all imagination. I don’t fault that at all, and I’m interested to see what the next volume will be centered on.