Books by David Burnie

Released: June 1, 2008

Using a graphically familiar format and maps from other picture atlases, Kingfisher has produced a colorful introduction to dinosaurs around the world. A prefatory spread shows all the continents, then subsequent maps of Canada and Alaska, the continental United States, Central and South America, a slice of Western Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia/New Zealand include state and country labels and boundaries. All maps are overlaid with images of dinosaurs found in each area. Although different in size, images are not to scale and coloration is not explained. On double-page spreads following each map, some specific species are shown interacting with each other and their environments; boxes add examples of dinosaur behavior. Occasional photographs of actual fossils supplement Lewis's ink-and-watercolor illustrations. The large font, Tyrannosaurus rex bookmark and detachable foldout world map (including swimming reptiles not described in the book) add to the appeal for young enthusiasts. The presentation of hypotheses as facts and somewhat random nature of the information make this most suitable for a very young audience. (glossary, index) (Informational picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >
INSECTS & SPIDERS by David Burnie
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

This entry in the Nature Company Discoveries Library lumps spiders together with their arthropod cousins in this comprehensive look at insects, derivative of the Eyewitness series and format. Insects and bugs (in the strict sense, insects with mouthparts that pierce and suck)—from the more common butterflies, bees, beetles, bedbugs, stink bugs, and pond-skaters, to the New Zealand weta, the cockchafer, and the hazelnut weevil—are showcased in full-color splendor, engaged in motion, metamorphosis, mating, and making contact. Little attention is paid to insect ancestors and evolution, but plenty of emphasis is given to present-day worldwide species and their behaviors. Insect peculiarities are highlighted in boxes headlined ``Did You Know?'' and ``Strange But True,'' sure to capture the attention of young readers. Especially dramatic is a four-page fold-out of two male hercules beetles locking horns in a fight for the female, and a full-sized photograph of a swarm of hungry locusts on the move in Africa. The magnified compound eyes of the horsefly and the martian-like heads of praying mantises stare with an alien presence that is eye-catching. The layout is teeming with features of note—young entomologists will not walk away hungry. (charts, diagrams, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-13) Read full book review >