ANKYLOSAUR ATTACK by Daniel Loxton

ANKYLOSAUR ATTACK

From the "Tales of Prehistoric Life" series, volume 1
Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Two armored dinosaurs square off against a hungry T. Rex in this quick but unusually immersive prehistoric episode.

Even by current high standards, the full-spread art is uncommonly photorealistic—featuring Cretaceous creatures on which every lump, scale, feather and wrinkle is sharply defined and woodsy settings in which nearly every leaf, frond and tuft of moss can be picked out. The plot, in which a young ankylosaur is rebuffed by an injured older one but then returns to help out when a slavering (see the drool) tyrannosaur attacks, is no great shakes, but who cares? The main event is definitely the close-up views of craggy dino faces and the T. Rex’s massive, shiny, pointed dentifrice. No blood or wounds are visible, and the figures seem frozen in tableaus, but Loxton and co-illustrator Smith choose close-up angles that evoke both the massive size of the contenders and the drama of their encounter effectively.

For a series dubbed Tales of Prehistoric Life, this kickoff doesn’t offer much of a story, but it’s a memorable showcase for a new dino-artist team. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-55453-631-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Kids Can
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2011




MORE BY DANIEL LOXTON

ChildrenPLESIOSAUR PERIL by Daniel Loxton
by Daniel Loxton
ChildrenPTEROSAUR TROUBLE by Daniel Loxton
by Daniel Loxton
ChildrenEVOLUTION by Daniel Loxton
by Daniel Loxton

MORE BY JIM W.W. SMITH

ChildrenPLESIOSAUR PERIL by Daniel Loxton
by Daniel Loxton
ChildrenPTEROSAUR TROUBLE by Daniel Loxton
by Daniel Loxton
ChildrenEVOLUTION by Daniel Loxton
by Daniel Loxton

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenDINO-DINNERS by Mick Manning
by Mick Manning
ChildrenMEGATOOTH by Patrick O’Brien
by Patrick O’Brien
ChildrenI AM A TYRANNOSAURUS by Karen Wallace
by Karen Wallace