This first of six paperbacks about the prehistoric world describes 12 creatures of the Triassic period, from Paradoxides, a trilobite, to the herbivorous reptile, Estemmenosuchus. Each double-page spread shows an artist’s conception of the creature as well as a photograph of a fossil, reconstructed skeleton, or modern equivalent and provides a short description and important facts. An introduction describes this series on the evolution of animals and includes a timeline from 540 million years ago to the present day. An appended animal families glossary includes those of most of the animals described (curiously including the word Dicynodont, which is not mentioned in the text, and omitting Dinocephalalia, which is) and a separate vocabulary. The index includes the time periods and the names of the animals but not their families. There is neither documentation for the information or the illustrations nor suggestions for further reading. More useful in homes than libraries. (Nonfiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2007

ISBN: 0-7641-3482-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Barron's

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2007

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A sparkling showcase with plenty to offer both art lovers and dinophiles.


A surrealistic vision of the Cretaceous Era, with visual puzzles for intrepid explorers to solve and surprises hidden under flaps.

Printed on creamy stock and linked by a tenuous plotline—a young woman named Dongdong, a student at a Beijing art school, receives a mysterious album from the past and falls in—the 10 gamelike “Adventures” challenge viewers on a variety of fronts. First they must traverse a thick “Forest of Illusion” and a difficult maze, then spot a cleverly hidden pterosaur in a canyon packed with dinos before moving on to other challenges, and finally escape a dark cave (printed on acetate sheets) with the help of a detachable “flashlight.” Along with depicting dozens of realistically detailed dinosaurs, Dong takes several side ventures into free-association territory, as in one spread with 18 different “eggs” whose contents, revealed by lifting flaps, range from fanciful monsters to dino-themed clouds, carvings, and pastries. Following two more pages of “egg” flaps at the end that pay droll stylistic tribute to René Magritte, Salvador Dali, Damien Hirst, Yayoi Kusama, and other modern artists, an attached booklet offers subtle visual keys to each Adventure.

A sparkling showcase with plenty to offer both art lovers and dinophiles. (Picture book. 7-10)

Pub Date: March 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-945295-00-3

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Candied Plums

Review Posted Online: Aug. 7, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2017

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A straightforward chronological account of the lives, work and conflicts between O.C. Marsh and Edward Cope, pioneers in the newly developed field of paleontology, whose 19th-century feud led to countless discoveries, bitter bickering in scientific journals and destruction of some fossil specimens. The narrative does not dwell on details of their fieldwork; it is the drama of their escalating quarrel that carries the reader along, while the author occasionally adds a reminder that much more might have been accomplished with cooperation. Occasional black-and-white photographs and reproductions of their notes and drawings add interest. This latest entry in the long-standing Landmark history series will especially appeal to middle-grade readers grown beyond their first fascination with dinosaurs and ready to learn more about the scientists who opened up this field, sometimes literally. (index, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: Dec. 26, 2006

ISBN: 0-375-81349-7

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2006

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