LARRY GETS LOST IN PREHISTORIC TIMES by John Skewes

LARRY GETS LOST IN PREHISTORIC TIMES

From Dinosaurs to the Stone Age
From the "Larry Gets Lost" series
by , , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

A pooch with, in previous outings, a penchant for straying touristically in various modern cities takes a quick scoot through the age of the dinosaurs, and after.

Having dozed off while his human buddy Pete is studying, Larry “wakes” beneath the feet of a huge, plant-eating sauropod and then flees from a T. Rex, going past various armored and feathered dinos. He goes on to get glimpses of Cretaceous fliers and swimmers, then trots through the Cenozoic Era to the Stone Age and, at last, his modern dinner. In illustrations that look like scraped screen prints, the prehistoric critters are recognizable in shape but monochromatically colored. The often low-contrast or pastel hues are as flat as the main narrative’s verse: “These guys look scary, / With armor and spikes. / But that’s just for defense; / It’s plants that they like.” Along with unexplained terminology (“Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction Event”), the accompanying prose captions offer such awkwardly phrased gems as: “If something becomes buried under the right conditions, the evidence of it can last for millions of years.”

Even very young dinosaur devotees will have no trouble finding better pickings elsewhere. (Informational picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 20th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-57061-862-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Sasquatch
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2013




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