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DINOSAURS! by Laurence Pringle


Strange and Wonderful

From the Strange and Wonderful series

by Laurence Pringle & illustrated by Carol Heyer

Age Range: 4 & up

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 1-878093-16-9
Publisher: Boyds Mills

 A book about dinosaurs, from a science writer (Batman, 1991 etc.) with a strong track record, who here may have misjudged his audience. The picture book format will turn away grade-schoolers old enough to grasp such complicated concepts as fossils, which are introduced but not fully explained. The writing is skillfully on target, if a bit formal, for younger dinophiles. They will find the full-color, detailed illustrations convincingly scaly and realistically ugly; especially good is Heyer's pachyrhinosaurus with its swirling multihued skin. It illustrates Pringle's comment that fossils teach nothing about the colors of dinosaurs, nor about the sounds they made. (Nonfiction. 4+)