THE HUMONGOUS BOOK OF DINOSAURS by David Norman

THE HUMONGOUS BOOK OF DINOSAURS

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Age Range: 8 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

 The ``Millions of factoids!'' in this compendium on dinosaurs may confirm once and for all that bigger is not necessarily better. The information--followed by six pages of picture credits, but without text credits or authors listed--is not arranged in alphabetical, geographic, chronological, or any other determinable order. Instead, sections repeat every 18 pages or so: ``Identikit,'' which offers general profiles of dinosaurs accompanied by full-color scale drawings and occasional photos; ``Dinosaur World,'' which answers broad questions, e.g., ``Why did dinosaurs die out?''; ``Spotter's Guide,'' which offers details about claws, brains, etc.; ``History in Pictures,'' which cover in comic-strip fashion key moments in scientific discovery; ``3-D Gallery,'' which are scenes to be viewed with the special glasses provided; and more. Without a table of contents or index, browsers or researchers will have trouble locating specific information; regardless, the facts are occasionally inconsistent and confusing: On one page, the allosaurus has on ``each hand and foot . . . three strong claws to grip its victims,'' and on another page, it is announced as ``The Four-Toed Terror.'' The pages are packed with full-color inserts, boxes, drawings, photos, and lurid paragraphs of text, with lots of gouging, ripping chunks of flesh, savage blows, razor-sharp teeth, and dagger-like clawed feet. Dinosaur lovers beware--this is humongous bunkum. (Nonfiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: May 20th, 1997
ISBN: 1-55670-596-4
Page count: 1256pp
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1997




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