DINOSAURS! by Gail Gibbons

DINOSAURS!

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Age Range: 3 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

Gibbons replaces her 1987 take on the topic (Dinosaurs—without the exclamation point) with a more populous and—usually—livelier primer. Along with devoting a page or spread to each of seven main groups, she shows paleontologists in action, portrays the great extinction of 65 million years ago and closes with a page of random dino-facts. There is some meat-eating going on in one spread, but most of the dinosaurs pose in stately, nondisturbing dignity, displaying faint skin patterning or none, against simplified landscapes. Sometimes clarity is sacrificed to simplicity: In one potential point of confusion, Theropods, the ancestors of birds, are billed as “nonbird,” despite a later page about the “birdlike” Archaeopteryx. This very basic overview comes with a few dozen dino-names (with pronunciation guides) to practice, and leads naturally into the author’s more detailed Dinosaur Discoveries (2005). (Informational picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: June 15th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2143-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2008




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