What kind of parent was Tyrannosaurus rex? Were theropods more like birds or crocodiles? Was Oviraptor an egg thief or a protective parent? Older dinosaur readers will delight in this up-to-date exploration of scientists’ changing ideas about dinosaurs and how they raised their young. The author recreates scenes of dinosaur families—Oviraptor, Maiasaura, Troodon, and Tyrannosaurus rex—and the lavish illustrations help to make it clear. Zoehfeld then carefully documents the discoveries and evidence of paleontologists that supports the changing theories about how dinosaurs lived and raised their families. Her lively presentation challenges the reader and presents science as an exciting, unfolding mystery with many clues still unsolved. There are full-color photographs of working paleontologists and stunning photographs of dinosaur eggs, bones, and embryos. Coverage is from the Gobi Desert expedition of 1923, which first discovered dinosaur eggs, to findings in Patagonia in 1998 of tiny embryonic titanosaurs. And the author notes: “As for tyrannosaurs, stegosaurs, and the hundreds of other types of dinosaurs, the clues that will shed light on their secret lives are still out there in the rocks, waiting to be found.” Fascinating. (suggested reading, glossary, dinosaur dictionary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: March 19, 2001

ISBN: 0-395-91338-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Clarion Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2001

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O’Brien celebrates 14 prehistoric monsters by presenting each with a modern object or a human, thereby giving readers information about the size of these giants. Dinosaurs, in full-color and full-snarl, dominate the double-page layouts as they frolic and menace an airplane, fire truck, tank, automobile, and assorted people. For every creature, O’Brien provides the name, its meaning, and a brief line of text. Three of the creatures presented are not dinosaurs at all—Quetzalcoatlus, a pterosaur, Phobosuchus, a relative of the crocodiles, and Dinichthys, a bony fish—which the author mentions in the back matter. The illustrations are not drawn to scale, e.g., if Spinosaurus is really 49 feet long, as the text indicates, the car it is shown next to would appear to be 30 feet long. Readers may have to puzzle over a few scenes, but will enjoy browsing through this book, from the dramatic eyeball view of a toothy Tyrannosaurus rex on the cover to the final head-on glare from a Triceratops. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)

Pub Date: April 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-8050-5738-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 1999

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A decent finish featuring plenty of action and lots of dinos—the latter furnishing not only thrills, but both bacon and eggs...


From the Edge of Extinction series , Vol. 2

Sky’s search for her long-missing father becomes a race against time following the discovery of a scheme to reclaim Earth’s surface from the resurgent dinosaurs—with nukes.

Rightly thinking that the environmental effects of a nuclear apocalypse would wipe out the last surviving remnants of humanity too, Sky leads a seemingly quixotic attempt to infect the tech of the plan’s brutal but charismatic architect, a political boss known as “the Noah,” with toxic software. But getting to his headquarters beneath shattered New York’s Grand Central Station requires making her way through multiple betrayals, shootings, subway tunnels, firefights, and explosions. And that’s not to mention the frequent, terrifying (if low on explicit gore) encounters with hosts of prehistoric creatures—from Dracorex hogwartsia and rhinolike pentaceratops to predatory carnotaurus, plesiosaurs, condorraptors, and troodons. Red-haired, white Sky needs rescuing a little too often this time around to come off quite as tough and resilient as in the opening episode, and like allies Shawn (the brilliant white hacker) and Todd (the hunky white survivalist), those around her are by and large typecast sorts.

A decent finish featuring plenty of action and lots of dinos—the latter furnishing not only thrills, but both bacon and eggs for a closing breakfast. (afterword) (Science fiction. 11-13)

Pub Date: May 30, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-06-241625-4

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Feb. 1, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2017

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