A set of pop-up prehistoric specimens to assemble and insert in a museum exhibit.
Two young tour guides, “Mary” (after Mary Anning) and “Barnum” (after Barnum Brown), squire readers through a soon-to-open dinosaur hall. There they point out slots where each of the five pop-up models—of Stegosaurus, Liopleurodon, Pteranodon, and Triceratops as well as T. Rex skulls—can be (gluelessly) attached and add side comments to the already-placed explanatory and descriptive labels. Neatly hidden beneath a large front flap along with printed assembly diagrams that make matching the various slots and tabs relatively easy, the large punch-out pieces turn into simplified but reasonably realistic models. Smaller specimens of dino poop, a fossilized egg, and other enhancements also have waiting slots in side cases. The pop-ups aren’t the whole show, either, as the parts of the exhibit already in place in the background illustrations and narrative boxes offer a basic but solid picture of dinosaurian types, features, and habits. Mary presents black, and Barnum presents white.
Fine fare for younger dinosaur lovers, particularly those of a hands-on sort. (Informational novelty. 5-7)