Review: Love Vol. 4 – The Dinosaur

Love Volume 4 - The Dinosaur by Frédéric Brrémaud, Federico Bertolucci

by Frédéric Brrémaud and Federico Bertolucci
Series: Love (#4)
: February 7th 2017 by Magnetic Press
Originally Published: as Les Dinosaures (Love #4) by Ankama November 6 2015
Genre: graphic novel, dinosaurs
Pages: 80p
Source: NetGalley
Rating: ★★★★☆

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.

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This series of graphic novels is told entirely without words or dialogue of any kind, and therefore each volume can serve as a perfect standalone if desired. The art is beautiful and dynamic although I will say that I wish the dinosaurs had some feathers.

In the animal kingdom, animals neither love nor hate each other.

Love and hate are parts of a natural whole. A supreme balance many consider to be universal, or even divine. An elemental love.

A love that mankind could never experience.

-inscription inside the front cover of Love: Volume 4

But! If you are the sort of person that puts out pretty photo books on their coffee table, likes dinosaurs and is fine with them not having feathers, this is an easy yes for you. As for me, my sadness at featherless dinos is outweighed by the striking art in these pages. As it is wordless, it’s a quick and easy read for all ages, though you will want to linger on the images within. It’s a definite thumbs-up from me.

I received a copy of this graphic novel from NetGalley (as a Read Now title, not requested). This has in no way influenced my review.

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