Kid’s Book Review: The Armadillo Who Came For Dinner

Kid’s Book Review: The Armadillo Who Came For Dinner

About the Book and Author and Illustrator

One day, Dizzy the armadillo lands in Hotpot’s picnic with a THUMP! “Do you need a hug?” wonders Hotpot. But Dizzy is a tough armadillo, and he definitely does not need a comforting hug.

Yet, when disaster strikes at the Fun Fair, the embrace of a friend could be just what this tough armadillo needs.

Steve Smallman

Steve Smallman worked as a children’s book illustrator for 20 years before he decided to ‘have a go’ at writing his own. Now, over 100 books later, he’s still at it! He visits schools, libraries and festivals, and paints murals too!

Joëlle Dreidemy was born in Saint-Avold in France. She gained a diploma in Strasbourg in 2002 and a diploma from the famous Emile Cohl School in Lyon in 2004.


Book Review

There have been frequent requests to read this book again, and again

Laurence says: My favourite character in this book is the baby badger. I like the drawings a lot. The picture I like the most was the drawing of Dizzy the armadillo wrecking the fun fair. It was very funny. You might like it if you like books with lots of pictures.

Mum says: Everyone loved the energy and humour in this book – with characters called Hotpot, Omelette and Woof, it made us giggle from the start. There have been frequent requests to read this book again, and again.


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Laurence
  • Age: 6 years
  • Likes: Pokemon, Lego and Swimming
  • Dislikes: Tomatoes and the centre of sunflowers
  • Favourite Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Favourite Song: Star Wars title music
  • Favourite Film: Lego Dreamzzz