The Dinosaur Adventure
Written by Jane Godfrey
Art by John Purtle
Page numbers come from the 1st printing, 1975
A flying saucer arrives in the Land of the
Notes from the
I've placed the story here in the thought that the time doorway
opened by Will in "Hurricane" may still be opening and closing
problematically in the sky after the loss of the mountain-top
pylon. Perhaps Enik discovered the issue during his continued
attempts to open a doorway to his own time and made some final
adjustments to close it shortly after this story.
On page 7, Rick tells Will and Holly that Professor Potts seems
to be very unfriendly, yet he tells them, if they help him find
the dinosaurs he wants to study, he might take them both for a
short ride in his spaceship. Does this seem like a wise idea?
Allowing his children to go for a ride with an (unfriendly!)
stranger? What kind of message is this to send to the kids who
were presumably reading this book in the 1970s?
Page 8 makes references to multicolored sky snakes. This story
must have been written when the "Sky Snakes" script was planned for production, before the
objects in the sky were changed to
"Skylons". For continuity purposes, this reference should
probably be reinterpreted as skylons. Presumably the "sky
snakes/skylons" are present here due to the doorway through which
Professor Potts has passed.
On page 12, Will mentions a place called Dinosaur Lake where the
dinosaurs went to drink. I don't know that I'd go so far as to
call it a lake, but this must be the swamp the river passes
through, which we've seen in numerous episodes of the TV series.
On page 13, Will, Holly and the Professor discover a number of
dinosaurs at the lake, including Dopey, Grumpy and Big Alice.
This would seem to suggest that one or more of the dinosaurs had
to cross the crevasse to reach the lake. If the "lake" is,
indeed, the swamp, Big Alice would have had to cross the
crevasse to reach it, an unlikely scenario when such episodes as
"Repairman" suggest there are open bodies of water on the
opposite side of the crevasse from which she could drink.
The Marshalls bake a carrot cake for the Professor from the
3-foot carrots found in the Land of the Lost. The pictures in
the book suggest they must also have some means of making
frosting! Is there also some giant sugar cane in the Land?
On page 22 the sky snakes are depicted as actual snakes, with
eyes and forked tongues. As far as I can tell from the
original script, the term
"snakes" was just used for descriptive purposes, to suggest the
generally long, narrow, undulating form of a snake, not a living
Pages 21-26 suggest that dinosaurs of all types (including Big
Alice) are interested in eating carrot cake! While thus
occupied, they even allow Professor Potts to count their toes
and measure their tails. Seems unlikely.
How did Professor Potts come to arrive in the Land of the Lost?
As I speculated above, perhaps
Will's messing with the pylon in
"Hurricane" brought him there. Or, perhaps,
Enik's messing around with the time doorway opened a portal in a
The book ends with Will and Holly going for a ride on the
Professor's spaceship and getting a close-up look at the sky
snakes. And that's it! How did the Professor escape from the
Land? Why didn't he take the Marshalls with him? A lame story
and, worse, one with no real ending! I like to think the
Professor's flying saucer crashed during the sky snakes
investigation and only Will and Holly emerged alive.